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01/12/2008 - SPECIAL REPORT: 2008 class up there with great senior classes of years past


Jeff Motz
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Give credit where credit is due. The Class of 2008 of high school boys basketball players in Nebraska is considered to be one of the most talented in recent memory. Five Division I basketball recruits is quite remarkable for this state. Josh Jones at Omaha Central, Antoine Young at Bellevue West, Koang Duluony at Omaha Bryan, Wes Eikmeier at Fremont Bergan and Jesse Carr at Ainsworth are the cream of the crop in Nebraska, all taking Division I offers from some respectable schools.

Jones and Young will put aside their high school differences and team up next year for Dana Altman and the Creighton Bluejays. Duluony will remain their foe in college, committing to Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State and play for former Bluejay Kevin McKenna. Eikmeier will head across the river to Ames and play at Iowa State, while Carr has committed to play for Colorado State.

This is one of those rare seasons, where more than two players in the state commit to playing at a Division I school on a full scholarship.

Perhaps the best senior class in Nebraska of all time was 1982. That year, seven prep stars were highlighted as one of the more premiere group of seniors in the country.

Dave Hoppen starred at Nebraska after a great career at Omaha Benson. Ron Kellogg was super-state and all-Nebraska for three years at Omaha Northwest and had a great college career for Larry Brown at Kansas. Kerry Trotter and Vic Lazzaretti at Creighton Prep led them to a state title in 1981 and fell short of repeating in '82. Both of them ended up at Marquette. Trotter is one of the all-time career scoring leaders for the Golden Eagles, while Lazzaretti was plagued by injury. James Moore at Omaha Burke took his showcase to Nebraska. Mike Martz of Beatrice (not the NFL coach) joined Hoppen and Moore at Nebraska and Bill Jackman went to Duke for a season before trasnferring back to play for Moe Iba at Nebraska.

Also, 1982 produced the likes of Dana Janssen, Kevin Cook and Lonnie Ashley at Lincoln Northeast. After the three big men led the Rockets to a state championship over Ron Kellogg and Omaha Northwest, they went on to successful careers at Nebraska Wesleyan, taking them to three NCAA tournament appearances.

So, in many ways, the 1982 seniors and the 2008 class are similar.

But lets look back at the past 40 years and see some of the top talent the state has produced to play Division I college basketball:

1968
Chuck Jura, Schuyler, University of Nebraska

1970
Gene Harmon, Schuyler, Creighton
Tom Novak, Lincoln Northeast, Nebraska

1971
Kent Reckewey, Lincoln East, Nebraka
Mike Heck, Papillion-LaVista, Creighton

1972
Steve Erwin, Laurel, Nebraska

1974
Terry Novak, Lincoln Northeast, Nebraska
Curt Hedburg, Lincoln East, Nebraska
Kevin Kuehl, Omaha Creighton Prep, Creighton
Larry Vaculik, Omaha Ryan, Colorado



1975
John C. Johnson, Omaha Central, Creighton
Dave Wesely, Omaha Creighton Prep, Creighton
Bruce Kucera, North Platte, Creighton

1976
Mark McVicker, Hastings, Nebraska

1977
Mike McGee, Omaha North, Michigan
Jim Honz, Omaha Ryan, Creighton
Paul Trieschman, Grand Island, Creighton

1978
Michael Johnson, Omaha Central, Creighton
Daryl Stovall, Bellevue West, Creighton

1979
Derek Sailors, Lincoln East, New Mexico State
Dave MacFarlane, Plattsmouth, Nebraska

1980
Alex Stivrins, Lincoln East, Creighton & Colorado

1981
John Matzke, Lincoln High, Nebraska

1982
Dave Hoppen, Omaha Benson, Nebraska
Ron Kellogg, Omaha Northwest, Kansas
Kerry Trotter, Omaha Creighton Prep, Marquette
Vic Lazzaretti, Omaha Creighton Prep, Marquette, Loyola
James Moore, Omaha Burke, Nebraska
Bill Jackman, Grant, Duke & Nebraska
Mike Martz, Beatrice, Nebraska

1983
Cedric Hunter, Omaha South, Kansas

1984
Joel Sealer, Millard South, Nebraska

1987
Rich King, Omaha Burke, Nebraska
Jed Bargen, Lincoln East, Nebraska

1988
Bruce Chubick, Atkinson West Holt, Nebraska

1989
Steve Scheidegger, Columbus, Creighton

1990
Terrence Badgett, Omaha South, Nebraska

1991
Curtis Marshall, Omaha Creighton Prep, NC State
Jason Glock, Wahoo, Nebraska

1992
Andre Woolridge, Omaha Benson, Nebraska & Iowa
Erick Strickland, Bellevue West, Nebraska
Doug Brandt, Hastings, Baylor
Joe Vogel, North Platte, Colorado State

1994
Othello Meadows, Omaha Creighton Prep, East Carolina
Bo Buettenback, Hastings
Andy Markowski, Ord, Nebraska
Chad Ideus, Adams, Nebraska & Nebraska Wesleyan

1995
TJ Pugh, Omaha Creighton Prep, Kansas
Mike Bargen, Lincoln East, Marquette
Kevin Mungin, Papillion-LaVista, Creighton

Alvin Mitchell, Omaha Burke, Nebraska (eventually Cincinnati and UNO)

 

1996
Alton Mason, Lincoln Northeast, Marquette & Arizona State
Dan Kolder, Columbus, Creighton
Justin Haynes, Sterling, Creighton


1997
Jon Beerboem, Fairbury, Boston College

1998
Mike Hahn, Lincoln Northeast, Pacific
Mike Preston, Omaha Westside, Pacific
Dan Masters, Plattsmouth, Pacific

1999
Shawn Redhage, Lincoln East, Arizona State

Tom Cockle, Lincoln Christian, Pacific

Andrew Drevo, Lincoln Christian, Nebraska

2000
Zach Fortune, Bellevue West, South Dakota & Iowa State

2001
Jimmy Motz, Lincoln Northeast, Creighton
Jake Muhleisen, Lincoln Southeast, Nebraska
Tony Wilbrand, Alliance, Nebraska

2002
Wes Wilkinson, Grand Island, Nebraska
Dusty Jura, Columbus Lakeview, Northern Iowa & Nebraska-Kearney
Kyle Prochaska, Wahoo Neumann, New Mexico

2003
Nick Bahe, Lincoln Southeast, Kansas & Creighton

2004
Joseph Jackson, Louisville, Denver University

2005
Josh Dotzler, Bellevue West, Creighton

2006
Matt Hill, Lincoln Southeast, Texas
Tyler Bullock, Lincoln North Star, Denver University
Derrick Russell, Omaha Central & Lincoln North Star, Iowa State

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