Millard North senior Jasen Green is staying home. On Thursday, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward announced his commitment to his hometown school, Creighton.
“When they started recruiting me I really liked the vision coach (Greg) McDermott had for me,” Green said of the Bluejay program. “The forwards can just push the pace and he sees me as that guy with the ability to knock down 3s if I have them open. I can see myself fitting in really well with their offense.”
Two visits, one unofficial and one official, to Creighton in the last month allowed him to take a deeper dive into not just the basketball program but the academics they offer as well.
“The main reason I visited there was to get acquainted with the players and play with them,” Green said. “I just had to make sure all of the academics were there for me. I am going into biomedical physics and I needed to make sure they had what I was looking for. Academics are important to me.”
Green originally planned an unofficial visit to Iowa State last weekend. That changed early last week when he trimmed his list from four schools (Nebraska, Iowa State, Creighton and Colorado) to two, Creighton and Colorado. That decision allowed him to officially visit Creighton Sept. 10-12.
Like many basketball players in Omaha, Green attended games at CHI Health Center when he was younger and dreamed of playing on the same court as those before him.
“I used to watch them all of the time and I went to games as a kid and a few in high school,” he said. “I just love the way they play. You can see it in their practices. It is definitely important for me to go to a school like that.”
Green’s decision will allow him to play in front of friends and family in Omaha whereas Boulder, Colorado, is more than seven hours away.
“Creighton is definitely better because it is right in my own backyard,” he said. “It was pretty tough. It really boiled down to the small things and what ended up being the most important is having the support of my hometown and my parents being able to see me play every home game. Also kind of having a name already in town because I played high school basketball in town.”
Green made his decision on Wednesday and called McDermott to give him the good news on Wednesday afternoon.
“He was really excited,” Green said of McDermott’s reaction. “He has really shown me how much he wanted me to go there and he was more than excited when I told him.”
Green is the latest in a line of Omaha high school talents to choose Creighton since the university joined the Big East in 2013. Omaha North product Justin Patton committed to Creighton in 2014, Omaha Benson product Khyri Thomas followed in 2015 and Omaha Burke’s Shereef Mitchell is the latest, committing in 2018.
“Obviously my first goal is to be the best player I can but with the examples of the players that have made it out of Omaha from Creighton before me, I think I have a great chance to play professionally,” Green said.
Nebraska was the first power conference school to offer Green a scholarship, which came at the end of his freshman year. Husker head coach Fred Hoiberg and his staff were the first to get Green on campus for an official visit in June.
“They obviously were pretty disappointed I didn’t go there but I just think Creighton is a better fit for me,” Green said.
TCU was next to offer Green in the summer of 2019 followed by Kansas State and Stanford that same summer. Wake Forest came next in October of last year. In July, Creighton, Iowa State, Missouri, Northwestern and Colorado offered.
Green is a 3-star prospect and the No. 183 player in the country according to the 247Sports composite, a ranking that factors in rankings from 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN.
He is the fourth Division I recruit to play at Millard North in the last three years joining 2020 grad Max Murrell (Stanford) and 2021 grads Hunter Sallis (Gonzaga), Saint Thomas (Loyola Chicago), Jadin Johnson (Old Dominion).