Nebraska added combo guard Jervay Green to its 2019 recruiting class on Sunday night.
Green currently attends Western Nebraska Community College and averaged 14.9 points, 5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a freshman last year. He shot 50 percent from the field in 35 games. Green, originally from Denver, Colorado, visited and committed to the Huskers on Sunday. Green averaged 19.7 points per game as a senior at George Washington High School.
“Big moments are about big decisions and today, I had to make one of the biggest decisions that I have faced,” Green posted on Twitter. “Basketball has always been bigger than a game, and it is with honor that I formally announce my commitment to the University of Nebraska.”
Head coach Tim Miles has been recruiting Green hard in recent weeks, with at least one visit out to WNCC earlier this month. Green is Nebraska’s second 2019 commit of the weekend. He joins fellow 2019 point guard Mika Adams-Woods, a 3-star guard from Syracuse, New York, who committed on Saturday night.
Nebraska stole Green away from the likes of Iowa State, Minnesota, Gonzaga and Arizona State, all of whom were interested.
Green is a 6-foot-3 slasher who can get the rim, and can bother defenders with a long wingspan. He didn’t respond to a phone call or text on Sunday night, but WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Nebraska is getting a special player who is only getting better.
“He’s one of the best junior college players in the country,” Fehringer said. “He’s got a special set of skills that you don’t see often that you don’t have to coach.”
Some of that includes Green’s ability to score, which Fehringer says Green can do at will. In the first game of the postseason as a freshman, Green scored 35 points and hit seven 3-pointers. Coach Miles was in attendance that day.
“When he drives, you have to open up your hips or you’re gonna get a block foul,” Fehringer said. “He’s like a running back when he puts his head down.”
Green is also a great passer, especially in transition, coach said. On the defensive side of the ball, Fehringer talks with Green often about how former Indiana guard Victor Oladipo averaged 12 deflections per game as a senior. He thinks Green can do that this upcoming year.
“He makes it really difficult to pass,” Fehringer said. “He has a great backside read so he knows rotations, knows how to bait players into passes. You don’t see many players with the instincts that he carries with him.”
He makes his teammates better, and he isn’t selfish. A lot of junior college guards can be absorbed in stats and scoring. That’s not Green, Fehringer said.
“I think the good news or Coach Miles, the coaching staff and University of Nebraska is that Jervay Green is just getting better and better,” Fehringer said.
Nebraska will now have ample options at the one and two-guard in 2019. Adams-Woods and Green join Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke, sophomore shooters Nana Akenten and Thomas Allen and lanky freshman guard Amir Harris.
Nebraska has just two scholarships remaining for the 2019 class. Creighton Prep senior Akol Arop is high on Nebraska’s list and is scheduled to take an official visit to Lincoln this weekend.