Husker hoops lands Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop, the No. 1 in-state recruit

Husker hoops lands Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop, the No. 1 in-state recruit
Akol Arop is the No. 1 basketball recruit in the state of Nebraska for the 2019 class. (MIKE SAUTTER/THE WORLD-HERALD)

Three for three isn’t bad.

Omaha Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop committed to Nebraska on Wednesday night, giving the Huskers three straight classes with an in-state recruit.

“They saw me as a top priority,” he said. “I felt like it was a great fit for me and a place where I can continue growing my faith and academic career. The coaching staff, facility and players are unbelievable. … I’m glad I chose Nebraska because they chose me.”

The 6-foot-5, 189-pound Arop is the top-rated in-state player in the 2019 class. The Huskers signed Platteview post Brady Heiman in 2018, and Lincoln North Star guard Donovan Williams committed to Nebraska’s 2020 class last month.

Arop’s decision came four years after Nebraska received a commitment from his older brother. Aguek Arop, who committed to the Huskers before his sophomore season, parted ways with NU during his senior year at Omaha South. He committed to San Diego State in May after attending an Atlanta prep school.

Akol said that had no effect on his decision. He also chose to attend Creighton Prep over South, where his three older brothers played.

“I’ve worked hard these last few years and am blessed to get where I am right now,” Arop told The World-Herald in July. “Aguek’s recruitment from Nebraska and mine are different. I just hope he does well at San Diego State, and I’ll do my best with the school I choose.”

Arop is known for his athleticism and vertical jump of 36 inches, but he also worked to improve his shooting.

Creighton Prep coach Josh Luedtke said he’s happy for Arop.

“This is exciting. Nebraska got the best player in the state, and I’m very excited for Akol,” he said.

“Akol can now focus on his senior season and continue to be a great leader for our team.”

Arop took an unofficial visit to Creighton on Tuesday. The Bluejays showed interest but didn’t offer a scholarship.

Arop took official visits to Tulsa (Sept. 1), Drake (Sept. 21) and Nebraska and had an official visit to UNO scheduled for Friday. UNO was the first to offer Arop in December 2017. He also had offers from Drake, UC Davis, Towson, UNC Greensboro, San Diego and Tulsa.

Nebraska has offered two in-state recruits in the 2021 class — Bellevue West point guard Chucky Hepburn and Millard North guard Hunter Sallis.

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