Welcome to the early signing day for every sport except for Football. Early this morning both the Nebraska Men’s and Women’s programs announced their 2024 class (in 2023).
Fred Hoiberg Welcomes Two Top-150 recruits to the Program
Nebraska Men’s Basketball ended up signing two top 150 recruits in Braden Frager (from Lincoln) and Nick Janowski (from Wisconsin).
Lincoln’s own is staying home.— Nebraska Men's Basketball (@HuskerMBB) November 8, 2023
A three-level scorer with elite athleticism, @BradenFrager earned honorable-mention all-state honors as a sophomore for Lincoln Southwest and averaged 11 ppg & 7 rpg for the Silver Hawks last season.
Welcome to the Big Red family, @BradenFrager!… pic.twitter.com/wK3ipawFxb
A proven winner and one of the best shooters in this year’s class is headed to Nebraska.— Nebraska Men's Basketball (@HuskerMBB) November 8, 2023
A competitor with a relentless work ethic, @nick_janowski12 has led his school to three consecutive state championships, posting a 71-9 record during that span. Janowski averaged 23.2ppg… pic.twitter.com/Dc6yYxuzUr
From the Athletic Department:
The Nebraska men’s basketball program added a pair of top-150 recruits on Wednesday, as Braden Frager (Lincoln, Neb.) and Nick Janowski (Pewaukee, Wis.) have signed National Letters-of-Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.
Both recruits are in the top-150 of their respective classes by 247, as Jankowski is ranked No. 114 in the 247Sports composite while Frager, who will reclassify to the class of 2024, is ranked No. 147 in the class of 2025.
“I am excited to add both Braden and Nick to our program for next year,” Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. “Both are highly competitive and fit the culture that we have established. Both are excellent shooters and can play on or off the ball which is important in our offensive system.”
Frager stays close to home, as he is a Lincoln native who plays for Coach Alex Bahe at Lincoln Southwest High School. He is a three-star recruit by 247Sports and On3 and ranked the No. 147 player in the class of 2025. Frager earned honorable-mention all-state honors as a sophomore in 2022-23, averaging 11.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as Lincoln Southwest went 15-9 and reached the district final. Frager shot 48 percent from the field, including 42 percent from 3-point range.
Frager plays for the ETG Midwest AAU program and selected Nebraska over Creighton, Iowa State and Iowa.
“Braden is hard-playing wing with good size,” Hoiberg said. “He is a high-flying athlete who can finish with authority at the rim and can score at all three levels. Braden is a very confident kid who plays with an edge.”
Janowski is a 6-foot-3 guard who plays for Coach David Burkemper at Pewaukee (Wis.) High School. A four-star recruit by ESPN.com, he ranked among the nation’s top 125 seniors by 247Sports, On3, and Rivals. He begins his senior year with 1,374 points and has helped the school win three consecutive WIAA Division 2 state championships. As a junior, he earned first team all-state honors, averaging 23.2 points, 4.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game as Pewaukee went 27-3 on the season. For his career, Janowski has averaged 16.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range. He has helped lead Pewaukee to a 71-9 record over the last three seasons. Janowski played AAU for Phenom U in the EYBL circuit. He selected Nebraska over a host of schools including Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa State, and USC.
“The thing that stands out about Nick is his competitiveness. He knows how to win and the work it takes to be successful,” Hoiberg said. “He plays for one of the best programs in Wisconsin and possesses an outstanding work ethic. Nick is a combo guard who is one of the best shooters in his class.”
Five Star Britt Prince Joins Two Others in Headline Class for Amy Williams
Big news was announced this weekend when Five Star Britt Prince from Elkhorn announced that she would stay home and play for Nebraska. She is the biggest recruit in Nebraska possibly ever.
Also joining Prince will be Amiah Hargrove from Illinois and Kennadi Williams who attends Lincoln Southwest.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️— Nebraska Women's Basketball (@HuskerWBB) November 8, 2023
"I've grown up a Husker fan & have dreamed about playing for Nebraska ever since I was a little kid."
Five-star Adidas All-American, 3x Super State, 3x State Champ, reigning Nebraska Gatorade High School Player of the Year & No. 28 ranked prospect in the… pic.twitter.com/WXe8NAAsl2
Over the past two seasons, she's racked up 1,408 points, 550 rebounds and 146 steals...— Nebraska Women's Basketball (@HuskerWBB) November 8, 2023
Give it up for the newest member of our squad - Christopher, Illinois native @amiahhargrove22!!#GBR pic.twitter.com/OiBbB4jFIO
From the Athletic Department:
Five-star recruit and reigning Nebraska Gatorade High School Player of the Year Britt Prince headlines a three-player signing class announced by Husker women’s basketball coach Amy Williams on Wednesday.
Prince, a senior at Elkhorn North High School and the No. 28 ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN, joins Amiah Hargrove (Christopher, Illinois) and Lincoln Southwest High School guard Kennadi Williams in Nebraska’s trio of 2024-25 newcomers who made the college plans official on Nov. 8.
“Today is an exciting day for Nebraska Women’s Basketball with the addition of these three outstanding student-athletes,” Williams said. “They are winners that want to be a part of something special. They are committed to developing as people and as basketball players and will fit in perfectly with our team’s culture.”
Through her first three high school seasons, Prince has totaled 1,790 points, 574 rebounds, 362 assists and 276 steals. The Gatorade and Max Preps Nebraska Player of the Year in 2023, Prince averaged 24.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists while hitting 59 percent of her shots from the floor, including 46 percent of her three-points, and 92 percent of her free throws while playing for her mother and coach Ann Prince at Elkhorn North.
An adidas All-American and a Max Preps Junior Second-Team All-American in 2023, Prince is a three-time Super State and All-Nebraska selection while leading the Wolves to three consecutive Class B state championships. At the 2023 state tournament, Prince totaled 84 points on 29-of-40 shooting, including 10-of-14 from long range. She was also a perfect 16-for-16 at the free throw line. During the regular season, Prince recorded a triple-double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Hastings.
“Britt is an extremely gifted athlete and when you partner that with an intense passion for basketball, a work ethic that is unmatched, high character, and a winning mindset, the result is something special,” Williams said. “It has been amazing to watch Britt utilize her unique talents to accomplish so much already in her basketball journey, and we cannot wait for that to continue into her college career here as a Husker. Britt’s decision to stay home and represent her home state says a lot about Husker Nation and how special it is to play for Nebraska.”
A talented all-around athlete, the 5-11 Prince finished fifth at the state cross country championships as a freshman, before winning state titles as a member of the 4x400 relay team on the track as both a freshman and sophomore. She also won state gold in the 800-meter run as a sophomore, after taking silver in the event as a freshman. She added another relay gold in the 4x800 relay as a sophomore after taking silver as a freshman.
An Academic All-State selection in both cross country and basketball in 2023, Prince is a member of National Honor Society and the Honor Roll at Elkhorn North.
“I chose Nebraska because I have grown up a Husker fan and I have dreamed about playing for Nebraska ever since I was a little kid,” Prince said. “I believe the program is headed in a great direction and I have developed great relationships with both the players and coaches.”
Hargrove, a 6-2 wing at Christopher High School in Illinois, averaged 24.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists , 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks while hitting 62.8 percent of her shots from the field and 85 percent of her free throws as a junior in 2022-23. The three-time Illinois Class 1A all-state selection was the 2023 Associated Press Illinois Class 1A Player of the Year and a two-time Southern Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She was also a three-time conference MVP and three-time all-conference selection.
An explosive all-around athlete, Hargrove erupted for a career-high 55 points against Salem and 51 points against Cobden. She led Christopher High School to a state runner-up finish after capturing sectional and super-sectional titles. She has also fueled the Bearcats to a trio of conference championships and two regional crowns.
Over the past two high school seasons, Hargrove has totaled 1,408 points, 550 rebounds and 146 steals. Her father, Anthony, was an NFL defensive end from 2004 to 2013. He was drafted out of Georgia Tech by the St. Louis Rams and was a member of seven NFL teams, including the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
“Amiah is a high achiever in everything she pursues, and we could not be more thrilled to be welcoming her to the Husker family,” Williams said. “Her size and athleticism combined with her versatile skill set make her the perfect fit for our team on the court. Her high character, work ethic and drive make her the perfect fit off the court. She has a bright, bright future, and we are so excited it will be while wearing Husker red.”
Hargrove also has competed in volleyball, softball and track and field, while earning third-team Academic All-America honors. She was a member of the High Honor Roll and National Honor Society at Christopher and plans to major in marine biology at Nebraska.
Hargrove chose Nebraska over Creighton, Missouri, Illinois and Marquette.
“I chose Nebraska because it was the perfect fit for me,” Hargrove said. “From the Lincoln community to the coaching staff, it instantly reminded me of home. I know that sounds cliche, but it is so true. I cannot wait to be a Husker!”
Williams will become a Husker after an outstanding career as a multi-sport star at Lincoln Southwest. The daughter of Husker Head Coach Amy Williams, Kennadi was the 2022 Lincoln Journal Star High School Female Athlete of the Year and the Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a sophomore. She helped the Silver Hawks to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, scoring 24 points in the Class A state quarterfinal game. During her sophomore season, she averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game while earning second-team Super State honors.
She missed much of her junior year after suffering a knee injury in June of 2022, but returned to the court in mid-February to lead Southwest back to the state tournament, scoring 23 points in the state quarterfinals as a junior.
“It is a special day for us to be officially adding Kennadi to the Husker women’s basketball family. She has been passionate about this program since we came to Lincoln, and it is her dream to represent the Huskers and help push this program to national prominence,” Williams said. “She is a tough competitor, a gifted athlete, and an amazing teammate who will do whatever it takes to help her team win. I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with her.”
A four-year varsity letter winner in basketball and softball while also starring in soccer at Lincoln Southwest, the 5-4 Williams was a Class A all-state selection and a member of the Nebraska Class A All-Tournament Team in 2022. She was also an honorable-mention all-state choice in 2023. She plans to play both basketball and softball as a Husker. She led Southwest to Class A state semifinal appearance as senior in softball, leading Class A in runs scored. She missed her junior year with injury. As a sophomore, Williams batted .362 with six home runs, seven doubles and 29 RBIs as a shortstop and center fielder while helping the Silver Hawks to a Class A state championship. She also helped the Southwest soccer team to the state tournament.
“I chose Nebraska because I love the culture and team chemistry between all of the girls,” Williams said. “It’s also close to home.”