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Nebraska's Thorir Thorbjarnarson drives against Maryland's Anthony Cowan during the first half of a Big Ten Tournament game in March in Chicago.

Nebraska is the only basketball program in the nation to sign a pair of top-10 ranked junior college prospects.

Point guard Cam Mack (No. 3) and combo guard Jervay Green (No. 8) both finished ranked as top-10 players nationally by jucorecruiting.com.

The two represent Nebraska's first-ever top-10 ranked picks since the site began ranking prospects in 2011.

Mack was the top-rated point guard in the class. At Salt Lake Community College last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 7.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, ranking fifth in the country in assists and 24th in steals. He had three triple-doubles during his only season at Salt Lake.

Green, out of Western Nebraska CC, was the No. 2-ranked combo guard after averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. His scoring average was eighth nationally.

Thorbjarnarson represents Iceland: Junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson represented his native Iceland earlier this week, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of less than 1 million people.

Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 9.3 points per game, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 12 points in a win over Cyprus in the fifth-place game. It is the second time that Thorbjarnarson has played in the tournament; he made his national team debut in the event in 2017.

Last season Thorbjarnarson played in 25 games for NU, including seven starts, as the Huskers finished 19-17. The only returning player from last year's team who saw playing time, Thorbjarnarson averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

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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