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Huskers land 2019 Omaha wing Akol Arop


With every trip Akol Arop took to Lincoln, including most recently an official visit last weekend, it seemed more and more that it wasn’t a matter of “if” the 2019 Omaha Creighton Prep wing would be a Husker, but “when?”

That answer arrived on Wednesday night, as the 6-foot-6 three-star gave his verbal commitment to NU head coach Tim Miles and lead recruiter Michael Lewis and announced his decision via Twitter.

Nebraska was Arop’s lone high-major offer, but he also held tenders from Tulsa, Omaha, Alabama-Birmingham, Drake, UC-Davis, UNC-Greensboro, San Diego, and Towson.

Arop had been getting recent interest from Creighton as well, and he unofficially visited the Bluejays on Tuesday, though CU never extended an offer. He took additional officials to Tulsa and Drake and had a fourth schedule to Omaha prior to his commitment.

A first-team All-Nebraska selection last season, Arop averaged 16.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior and led all of Class A with a 65.9 field goal percentage.

His play helped the Junior Jays put together a stellar 26-1 season capped with a Class A state championship win over Bellevue West.

Arop’s path to Nebraska obviously can’t be told without mentioning his older brother, former Omaha South standout Aguek Arop, who committed to NU as a sophomore before parting ways from the Huskers and eventually signing with San Diego State this spring after a year of prep school.

Akol said the falling out with his brother never impacted his view of the Huskers one way or another.

“It’s not a factor at all,” Arop told back in July. “(Aguek) made a decision for himself, and I respect him for making his own decision. Hopefully he does great at San Diego State. But my situation is totally different and I’m focused on what’s going to be the best thing for me.”

The addition of Arop now gives Miles and Co. commitments from arguably the top instate player from the 2018 (Platteview’s Brady Heiman), 2019, and 2020 (Lincoln North Star’s Donovan Williams).

It also leaves Nebraska with just one open scholarship remaining in its 2019 recruiting class with New Hampton (N.H.) Prep guard Mika Adams-Woods, and Western Nebraska C.C. sophomore guard Jervay Green also verbally committed.

Nebraska has one known official visit still scheduled with 2019 Cumberland (Md.) Bishop Walsh forward Yavuz Gultekin on Nov. 9-11.