Jasen Green’s recruitment seems to have taken another swing upward.
The Millard North forward was offered by Creighton on Sunday following a standout weekend in Atlanta with Nebraska Supreme 17U UAA.
“Coach (Greg) McDermott offered pretty quick. I was still at the airport,” Green said of his Creighton offer. “He said he liked my versatility and how I would fit into their offense because I can hit spot-up threes and run the floor.”
The offers didn’t stop there. On Tuesday night, Green announced he had been offered by Missouri.
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Iowa State initially offered Green in September of last year, but a coaching change after last season left that up in the air. That was until Monday night when first-year Cyclone head coach, TJ Otzelberger, offered the 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior-to-be.
“He (Otzelberger) called and he said what he was like as a coach,” Green said. “He was really impressed with my size and ability to make decisions with the ball and make plays for my size.”
Nebraska was the first power-conference school to offer Green a scholarship at the end of his freshman year. TCU was next in the summer of 2019 followed by Kansas State and Stanford that same summer. Wake Forest came next in October of last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a slight pause on Green’s recruitment. Coaches weren’t able to visit high schools in person for games in the winter, or open gyms in the fall. That significantly impacted Green’s recruitment.
Also, being the third option offensively at Millard North last season behind two scoring guards in five-star Gonzaga freshman Hunter Sallis and Loyola-Chicago freshman Saint Thomas.
Now it seems like the upward trajectory in his recruitment is back for Green. In June he took unofficial visits to Minnesota and Colorado. He was planning a visit to Wake Forest, but that didn’t happened due to a camp he attended.
Through it all, Green has remained a priority with Nebraska. Huskers’ head coach Fred Hoiberg and his staff were the first to offer and were the first to get Green on campus for an official visit in June.
“They are high up on the list because they have obviously been the ones that have been with me the longest and haven’t given up on me,” Green said of NU. “They have been with me since the beginning.”
Green said he enjoyed his time at Nebraska.
“We just talked about what was going on and watched one of the NBA playoff games. The next morning we toured the campus a bit and then watched practice,” he said of his visit to Lincoln. “I got to see a little bit of their workouts and then talked to academic advisors. Sunday morning we had breakfast at coach Hoiberg’s house which was nice.”
Green doesn’t have any more visits planned at this time. He will wait until after the live periods in July to start scheduling those. As far as a timeline for a potential commitment, he isn’t sure of when that might happen. The NCAA Division I early signing period begins in November, but he could wait a bit longer.
“I would like to get it done earlier so I wouldn’t have to think about it during the high school season,” Green said, “but I’m not opposed to waiting if that’s what I think needs to happen.”
Playing in front of college coaches isn’t new for Green, but the weekend in Atlanta playing in front of Division I coaches for the first time since his sophomore season felt like a newer experience.
“The first game I was a little nervous because it has been so long,” he said. “I kind of just zoned them out and realized that it is me on the court and my teammates, and that’s what I need to focus on and just play.”
Green and his Nebraska Supreme teammates had a successful weekend on the Under Armour Association shoe circuit. They finished the week with a record of 6-1 in the four-day event.
“That was one of the best weekends that we had,” he said. “Our defense was probably the best we ever had. Our defense was locked in, probably because of the loss to OSA last week. This weekend it finally clicked all together and it showed on the court.”
Green and his Nebraska Supreme teammates will be back in action at FieldhouseUSA Frisco in suburban Dallas this weekend for Session II of the UAA.