Nebraska boys state basketball tournament information and players to watch

Key information to help you get set for the Nebraska high school boys basketball tournament, held Thursday through Saturday in Lincoln.

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Pinnacle Bank Arena: Four Class A and two Class B games Thursday. Parking available (fee charged) in downtown garages and lots and at the Haymarket Park festival lot.

Devaney Center: Two Class B games and four C-1 games Thursday. Parking available ($5) at Innovation Campus, two entrances off Salt Creek Roadway between 14th and 27th streets.

Lincoln Northeast: Four C-2 games and two D-2 games Thursday. 63rd and Adams Streets. Free parking.

Lincoln Southeast: Four D-1 games and two D-2 games Thursday. 37th and Van Dorn Streets. Free parking.


Semifinals Friday: Classes A, B and C-1 at Pinnacle; Classes C-2, D-1, D-2 at Devaney

Finals Saturday: All at Pinnacle

Third-place games Saturday: Lincoln East for C-1, C-2, D-1 and D-2

2018 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championship Brackets


Adults $7, students $5

News Channel Nebraska State Basketball Show

Our News Channel Nebraska Sports Crew is once again going to be LIVE from the girls and boys state basketball tournaments. We will have highlights from more games than anyone else, along with interviews from coaches and players, and all the results you need to know from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln each night at 10 p.m.. Watch the show live on News Channel Nebraska or The show will re-air each morning at 8 a.m.

Team Previews




Lourdes Central Catholic

Falls City Sacred Heart

Players to watch

Akol Arop, Omaha Creighton Prep

Class A’s best shot-blocker, a 6-foot-6 junior, leads the state’s No. 1 team with averages of 16.2 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Roman Behrens, Omaha Central

At state for the third consecutive year, Class A’s assist leader is averaging 16.4 ppg.

Tyrell Carroll, Millard South

Point guard transfer from Omaha North has bolstered his average from 14.3 points last season to 17.8.

Tre’Vion Crawford, Omaha Bryan

Senior guard leads the Bears with an 18.2 scoring average.

Wes Dreamer, Elmwood-Murdock

All-state as a sophomore last season, the 6-6 junior forward is averaging 22.3 points and 10.4 rebounds.

Charlie Easley, Lincoln Pius X

Leads the Thunderbolts with his averages of 17.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Colton Feist, Yutan

The Husker football walk-on signee is a double-1,000 man for the Chieftains in points and rebounds.

Sam Griesel, Lincoln East

The senior guard/forward, who averages a team-high 17.5 points, has signed with South Dakota.

Brady Heiman, Platteview

NU’s first in-state scholarship signee since the 2002-03 season, the 6-10 senior is averaging a double-double of 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds — both increases over last year.

Chucky Hepburn, Bellevue West

Freshman point guard is averaging 13.8 points a game.

Jaylin Hunter, Omaha Creighton Prep

Since he became eligible at midseason, the Lincoln High transfer’s 15.2 average is second-best for Prep.

Jordan Janssen, Lincoln East

A Wayne State recruit, the 6-6 senior is averaging 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds.

Cedric Johnson, Bellevue West

The 6-2 senior averages 16.3 points to lead the Thunderbirds.

Kanon Koster, Kearney

The only returning All-Nebraska first-teamer has pushed his average from 20.3 points to 22.7 and also is the Bearcats’ top rebounder (7.1).

Jay Pal, Omaha Central

Emerged as the Eagles’ inside threat, averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Henry Penner, Aurora

The UNK signee is averaging 17.4 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Kyle Perry, Millard South

The Nebraska baseball signee is averaging a team-best 20.7 ppg.

Nate Thayer, Platteview

The 6-3 Wayne State signee and the Trojans’ career scoring leader is averaging 15.2 ppg.

Javen Udofia, Omaha Bryan

Stepped up this season to provide 16 points and five rebounds a game.

Tournament leaders


D-1: L. Huebert, Heartland 24.6

A: K. Koster, Kearney 22.7

Kyle Perry, Millard South 20.7

D-2: T. Prososki, Riverside 18.8

K. Timmerman, Osmond 18.4

T. Crawford, Omaha Bryan 18.2

Josh Quinn, Mead 18.1

C-1: M. Cleveland, Winnebago 17.9

Ben Nannen, Syracuse 17.8

T. Carroll, Millard South 17.8

B: B. Heiman, Platteview 17.6

S. Griesel, Lincoln East 17.5

C. Easley, Lincoln Pius X 17.5

C-2: C. Connell, South Loup 17.4


D-1: K. Timmerman, Osmond 10.6

C-2: W. Dreamer, Elmwood-Murdock 10.4

B: B. Heiman, Platteview 10.2

Q. Vasa, Neb. City Lourdes 9.6

C-1: J. Sullivan, BC/NG 9.5

A: A. Arop, Creighton Prep 9.4

D-2: L. Grauerholz, Wilcox-Hildreth 9.4

Colton Feist, Yutan 9.4

Tell Spies, Mullen 9.2

J. Janssen, Lincoln East 9.2

NCN State Tournament Coverage Plan (1st Round)

C1: #2 Winnebago vs. #7 Syracuse

When: 3:45 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

Radio: 103.1 FM,

D1: #2 Paxton vs. #7 Lourdes Central Catholic

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,

D1: #3 West Holt vs. #6 Johnson-Brock

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM,

D2: #1 Falls City Sacred Heart vs. #8 Cody-Kilgore

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Southeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM,

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