The Nebraska state boys basketball tournament tips off Thursday in Lincoln and concludes Saturday, with games at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Devaney Sports Center and Lincoln Southeast High School.
Rosters across the six classes include a few key Huskers football and basketball signees and prospects, all of whom hope to bring home a state championship. Who should Nebraska fans be keeping an eye on?
Let’s take a look at the signees and prospects in the Nebraska state basketball tournament.
Garrett Snodgrass, York
York athlete Garrett Snodgrass is one of three commits in the Huskers’ 2019 football recruiting class. He’s a 3-star prospect and the No. 4 recruit in Nebraska, according to the 247Sports composite. Snodgrass is listed as a power forward and center on York’s basketball roster.
Snodgrass and the No. 1 Dukes face No. 8 Crete on Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game tips off as 10:45 a.m. CT. York is 2-0 against Crete this season, but the Cardinals hope to snag a win against their Central Conference rivals at the state basketball tournament.
“York has been on an amazing run since football season [the Dukes won the Class B state football title in November], and they have a tough bunch of guys over there,” Crete’s Klay Uher said, per the Lincoln Journal Star. “We’ve played a tough schedule, and we feel we can play with anyone. We don’t back down from anyone.”
Joey Johnson, Gretna
In early February, Johnson was averaging 12 points per game. As a junior in 2017, Johnson was a major player in the Dragons’ repeat state championship. He hit a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the game to give Gretna the 55-53 win against Scottsbluff in the Class B championship game.
Johnson’s football talents also earned him an invite to the 2018 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska. He will be a member of the South roster at the game on June 2.
No. 6 Gretna faces No. 3 Platteview on Thursday at the Devaney Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Colton Feist, Yutan
Colton Feist is another Nebraska football walk-on signee in the Huskers’ 2018 recruiting class. He also signed his letter of intent on Feb. 7.
Feist’s No. 2 Yutan team is set to face No. 7 Arcadia-Loup City on Thursday at Lincoln Southeast High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. CT. Feist goes into the matchup averaging 11.5 points and 9.4 rebounds, per the Grand Island Independent.
Like Johnson, Feist will participate in the annual Shrine Bowl on June 2. However, Feist will be a member of the North roster.
Platteview’s Brady Heiman
For those interested in pure basketball prospects, Nebraska signee Brady Heiman is the center for Platteview. He signed with the Huskers basketball team on Nov. 8, 2017.
Heiman chose Nebraska over fellow in-state schools Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha. He is the first prep in-state scholarship player for coach Tim Miles during his time with the Huskers.
Adding interest to the matchup, Heiman’s Platteview team will face off against Nebraska football walk-on signee Johnson’s Gretna team on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.