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The most decorated high school basketball player to come out of Nebraska this century — and maybe ever — has chosen where he will play college basketball. 

Millard North senior Hunter Sallis, a consensus five-star prospect, announced his commitment to Gonzaga in a Friday ceremony at the school. 

“It was one of the only places I took an official visit. I feel like it was the best fit out of all the other schools,” Sallis said of Gonzaga. “Really, it was the best situation.”

Sallis chose the Bulldogs over a top eight that he announced Nov. 16 of last year. The other finalists were Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and UCLA. 

The opportunity to have an impact on the court early for a program like Gonzaga played a factor in his decision.

“Obviously, Jalen Suggs, he really won’t be back and they have another senior guard who averages 19 points,” he said. “I feel like them two leaving really leaves me the opportunity to make a big impact as a freshman.”

Due to the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting last spring, Sallis was only able take two official visits in his high school career. The first was to Nebraska (Nov. 8, 2019) and Gonzaga (Jan. 25, 2020). His visit to Gonzaga played a big part in his decision.

“When I was on my visit (at Gonzaga) it gave me a feel for everything,” he said. “I got to see how all the people were and how the coaches were. That official visit really helped the relationship.”

The 6-foot-5 guard is the No. 6-rated player nationally in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports composite, a collective rating that combines 247Sports’ own rating, as well as ESPN and Rivals.

In February, Sallis was named to the 2021 McDonald’s All-American team. He joined Creighton Prep’s Kerry Trotter (1982) as the only other Nebraska boy to be named to the team. Shelby-Rising City’s Chatrice White is the only girl in state history to earn the award.  

Earlier this month, Sallis became the first Nebraskan to be named a Naismith All-American by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club, earning a spot on the second team. 

Thursday, Sallis was the first Nebraskan to be named to the 2021 USA Nike Hoops Summit Team. The team will play in an international All-Star game that has been held annually since 1995, except from 2001-2003, and features the USA Basketball Men’s Junior Select Team against a World Select Team of international players.

Sallis finished his high school career as Class A’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,819 points. As a senior he led the Mustangs to the school’s first state championship while averaging a team-high 22.2 points and 2.4 steals.

New Gonzaga commit Hunter Sallis of Millard North dribbles the ball down court in the Class A semifinals against Millard West. (nebpreps photo / Marcus Scheer)

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