Jervay Green

Six-foot-3 uard Jervay Green had a 51-point game at Western Nebraska Community College earlier this season and finished the year as the No. 8 JUCO scorer in the country.

After meeting with Nebraska's new men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg for more than two hours Wednesday, Jervay Green plans to make a decision on his future in the next day or two, he told the Journal Star Wednesday evening.

The standout guard from Western Nebraska Community College met with Hoiberg face to face for the first time Wednesday after the coach flew to Scottsbluff about 24 hours after being introduced as the Huskers' new coach.

"His message was to trust the process, trust in him. He's going to work hard for me and with me so I can achieve my goals," Green said. "After meeting with him I feel a lot better. … The meeting did its justice, for sure."

Green said he wanted to talk with his family before making a final decision. Should he stay with NU, it would mark Hoiberg's first big win as Nebraska's coach. Should he decide to move on from NU, he would have to request, and be granted, his release from the national letter of intent he signed in November.

After a breakout season for WNCC, Green emerged as the jewel of a 2019 recruiting class that also includes Creighton Prep’s Akol Arop and Mika Adams-Woods from New York.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Denver native averaged 23.6 points per game on 54.7 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from three-point range. He had a school-record 51-point game with 10 three-pointers this season and also had games of 44, 38, 31 and 30 points. He scored 38 and hit seven three-pointers in the Cougars’ season finale.

He was named the NJCAA co-Region IX Player of the Year after finishing as the No. 8 juco scorer in the nation. His 286 made field goals were second in the country. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

“That's what we got him for. We knew that he was going to be a player that could carry more than his fair share of the weight," WNCC coach Cory Fehringer said in December. "We knew he was an exceptional talent, and that he really didn't like to lose."

Green verbally committed to Nebraska in September 2018 after quietly visiting campus.

He originally chose Nebraska over the likes of TCU, Ole Miss and others. Gonzaga and a host of other high-major schools had begun to check in on him by the time he gave NU his pledge. 

Green laughed when talking about his first impressions of Hoiberg.

"At first I was nervous. He's so famous, it's crazy. When he walked in the room everybody was taking pictures and stuff, and I'm like, 'This is a big deal,'" Green said. "But when I sat down and got to know him and his personality, everything was going good."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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