Omaha Central's Jayden Dawson goes up for a shot against Millard North during a game on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Omaha.
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Interest Picking Up For Central Junior Dawson


Omaha Central junior Jay Dawson is the latest Eagle to receive a Division I scholarship offer after Radford University offered the 6-foot-4 guard, his first from any level. 

“It meant a lot to me because it was the first school to offer me,” Dawson said after receiving a call from the Highlanders Sunday night. “That was the first time I have talked to them. I had never talked to them on the phone or text and they just offered me tonight (Sunday), so that was cool.” 

Dawson is off to a quick start this spring playing with Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U, and Division I programs are taking notice. Radford is the first to offer but others have shown significant interest. 

“There have been a lot of schools that have reached out since our first tournament,” he said. “Some of the high major schools that have called are Virginia Tech, Virginia, Nebraska and Utah.” 

Drake, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Colorado State, Wyoming, UC-Santa Barbara and UT-Martin are some of the mid-major and low-major schools that have shown interest in Dawson. 

“Drake and North Dakota State are the schools that have contacted me the most,” he said.

With the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting lifted on June 1, Dawson is hoping to take a handful of unofficial visits sometime this summer. 

“South Dakota, UCSB and Virginia Tech are a few that have said they want me to get on campus for visits,” he said. “I don’t have anything set but I’m going to try and get some visits lined up this summer.”

At Omaha Central, Dawson’s on-court production took a big jump from his sophomore to junior season. As a sophomore, he averaged 6.2 points and 15.8 minutes per game. This past season he was one of the Eagles’ go-to players offensively, averaging 14.3 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range in 27.7 minutes per game. 

Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U might be a new name to the AAU scene in Nebraska, but it isn’t necessarily a new program. A blend of Omaha-based Team Factory and Lincoln-based Lincoln Supreme teams created the roster for the talented Nebraska Supreme – UAA 17U team this summer. 

“We all just clicked together so well that it didn’t take much time for us to click together on and off the court,” he said. “We all get along really well.”

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