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Nebraska’s Jake Meyers decides to sign professionally with Houston Astros

After six days of weighing his options, Jake Meyers has decided to become a professional baseball player.

Following a standout junior season at Nebraska in which he excelled as the team’s left-handed Sunday pitcher while regularly leading off and playing center field, Meyers will sign a contract with the Houston Astros organization either late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Meyers — selected in the 13th round of the MLB Draft at pick No. 391 overall on June 14 — told The World-Herald on Wednesday he will ink for “somewhere around $125,000.” Already in Troy, New York, undergoing physicals, he plans to begin playing for the short-season Class A affiliate Tri-City ValleyCats by the end of the week. He informed Nebraska coaches of his decision Wednesday.

“It was a good opportunity and I wanted to play at the next level — it’s always been a dream of mine and was one I didn’t want to pass up,” Meyers said. “At this point in my career I’m ready to move on and play at the next level.

“It’s not necessarily about the money. It was more about the opportunity and weighing everything for me. Personally, I thought it was the best thing for me and I made the decision and I’m happy with it.”

Meyers was the first of three junior Huskers selected in the draft last week ahead of outfielder/reliever Luis Alvarado (13th round, No. 393 to Seattle) and outfielder/DH Scott Schreiber (26th round, No. 769 to Tampa Bay). He is also the first of that trio to determine his future, though all have until July 15 to finalize their decisions.

Still, the Omaha Westside grad and three-year contributor at Nebraska said his choice didn’t come easily. Not with so many good relationships and memories in Lincoln, not the least of which include qualifying for a pair of NCAA regionals and earning the Big Ten regular-season title in May.

“It was a tough one, probably the toughest decision I ever had to make,” Meyers said. “It was really hard, but I’m confident with my decision and I’m confident to get going.”

Meyers led Nebraska’s regular starting rotation in earned-run average (3.42), posting 25-2/3 consecutive scoreless innings at one point, while posting an 8-2 record and 57-9 strikeout-to-walk ration across 84-1/3 innings this spring. Offensively, he ranked fourth among Huskers in batting average (.297) and stole 20 bases in 22 attempts. Moving to center field — the position the Astros envision him playing moving forward — he committed just one error while playing in 53 of NU’s 58 games. The crafty southpaw with a deceiving change-up said his pitching days appear to be finished.

A third-team All-America pick by multiple outlets, Meyers joins his father and former Husker, Paul Meyers, as an MLB selection. The elder Meyers was drafted by San Francisco in 1986.

The fantasy is starting to feel real, Jake Meyers said. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t already living a different kind of dream the last three springs.

“There was some stuff I had to take into consideration, you know, because I love Nebraska so much,” Meyers said. “Ultimately, after looking at it all, I decided to go the pro way.”

Husker Camp Countdown: No. 49 Jack Stoll

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2017 season and Jack Stoll comes in at No. 49.

Jack Stoll | 6-4  |  245  |  Redshirt freshman  |  TE

Stoll hasn’t done anything to take himself out of consideration for the leading role at tight end, and that alone is encouraging for a redshirt freshman competing at one of Nebraska’s most unresolved positions heading into fall camp.

Options abound at a wide-open spot where three four-year letterwinners graduated following the 2016 season. If the spring game is any indication, senior Tyler Hoppes (four catches for 66 yards) and redshirt freshman David Engelhaupt (four for 54) will also be among those who have a final say in how the battle shakes out.

But Stoll had his moment on April 15 with a nine-yard touchdown catch from Tanner Lee, whose pro-style abilities will help Nebraska involve its tight ends in the passing game the way coach Mike Riley likes. Stoll could be one of those beneficiaries in 2017.

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2017 season.

Freshman linebacker Greg Simmons leaves Husker football team, second departure this week

Redshirt freshman linebacker Greg Simmons has left the Husker football team, Nebraska confirmed Wednesday. Husker Online first reported Simmons’ departure.

Simmons did not appear in a game during his first season on campus. He was expected to compete for a reserve role at inside linebacker or special teams this season.

Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, Simmons was one of three linebackers in Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting class. He committed to Miami early in the recruiting process before NU targeted him in February 2015, eventually securing his commitment.

Simmons had Husker ties. His godfather, Wonder Monds, was an All-America defensive back at Nebraska in the 1970’s. Simmons was a consensus three-star prospect coming out of high school after logging 139 tackles as a senior.

He had a scary moment during training camp in the fall when he suffered a neck injury during practice and had to be carted off the field. His injuries were minor and he eventually returned to the field weeks later but that did stunt his development.

Linebackers coach Trent Bray in the spring that Simmons had cut weight during his redshirt season. “He’s moving better,” Bray said in December.

Simmons’ departure leaves NU with six inside linebackers on the roster: senior Chris Weber, junior Dedrick Young, sophomore Mohamed Barry and freshmen Pernell Jefferson, Avery Roberts and Andrew Ward.

Simmons is the second Husker player this week to leave the team. Freshman receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. returned home to California with the opportunity to return to the team in January.

Wideout Keyshawn Johnson Jr. taking leave of absence from the Nebraska football program; dad says decision mutual

LINCOLN — Keyshawn Johnson Jr. — one of the most touted wide receiver recruits in recent Nebraska football history — is taking an extended leave of absence from the Husker program in hope of returning in January, his father, Keyshawn Johnson Sr., said Tuesday night.

The younger Johnson had enrolled at NU in January, a semester early, in hope of playing in 2017. He returned home to Calabasas, California, Tuesday after what the elder Johnson called a joint decision among himself, Nebraska coach Mike Riley and the Huskers’ athletic department. Keyshawn Johnson Sr. wants his son to “mature” for six months before considering a return to the school.

“You’re in college now,” Johnson Sr. said. “You’re an adult. You’re not a kid. You take a look at it from afar and let me know how important it is to you.”

Riley confirmed via text the younger Johnson’s leave of absence.

The elder Johnson, who had an 11-year NFL career, said he’s on the same page with Riley, who used to be his offensive coordinator at USC. That relationship — forged more than two decades ago — helped Riley and Nebraska start a “Calibraska” recruiting movement in Los Angeles. Johnson Jr. — a four-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting class from Calabasas High School — was a centerpiece, but hardly the only recruit.

Calabasas quarterback Tristan Gebbia also enrolled early and has drawn raves from Husker coaches and teammates for his work ethic and preternatural grasp of the game. Husker safety Marquel Dismuke is from the same school. NU’s top 2018 recruit, cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, played his junior year at Calabasas, too.

Johnson Sr. said he’s in “full support” of Riley, receivers coach Keith Williams and the rest of NU’s staff. He wants to see more maturity from his son.

“One thing you will not do as my son is you will not embarrass Nebraska, you will not embarrass Mike Riley and you will not embarrass this family,” the elder Johnson said. “If you mature and you’re ready to resume your football career and academic goals, then Nebraska will be ready to embrace you.”

On Twitter, Johnson Jr. wrote the words “bounce back.” He had a rough start at NU in January. He was struck with an illness that set him back physically and caused him to miss some time in spring practice. He appeared in the spring game, catching one pass for 7 yards. He lost a fumble at the end of that play.

In June, Johnson was cited on suspicion of marijuana possessionafter, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln police report, a dorm hall director detected marijuana use coming from a dorm room. Johnson was reportedly found with less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on a Friday afternoon.

Less than two weeks later, he’s back at home with his dad, the No. 1 in the 1996 NFL draft and longtime pro football analyst. Johnson Sr. said he wasn’t sure about his son’s opinion on the leave of absence.

“I never asked him,” Johnson Sr. said. “At the end of the day, I don’t think that decision was in his hands. He squandered that decision. He still wants to play football, and he still wants to play for Nebraska. But if you don’t do the things you’re supposed to do, under the guidelines of me, it’s not going to happen.”

Because of the illness and slow start, Johnson wasn’t necessarily a candidate to burn his redshirt in 2017, but his departure for this season thins the receiver room. Nebraska now has seven scholarship wideouts on the roster, and one of those is technically Zack Darlington, the extra-point and field goal holder who’s thrown more career passes as an emergency quarterback than he’s caught passes. The others are senior De’Mornay Pierson-El, juniors Stanley Morgan and Keyan Williams and freshmen JD Spielman, Jaevon McQuitty and Tyjon Lindsey, and all six may have to log significant snaps. Walk-ons Bryan Reimers, Gabe Rahn, Conor Young and others should be in the mix, too.

NU has had a number of receivers leave the program or be dismissed in the last 24 months. Kevin Gladney, Jariah Tolbert and Glenn Irons left in 2015. Derrion Grim enrolled early in 2016, impressed coaches in spring practice, and then abruptly left just before fall camp in 2016. He’s now at Fresno State. Lavan Alston left the program before the 2016 Music City Bowl. None of that quintet logged a career catch at NU.

Johnson Jr. may very well return to Nebraska, his dad said. He may take classes this fall at a junior college, and the son doesn’t plan to play college football anywhere else. Johnson Sr. said his son doesn’t have to play college football, but if he’s going to, he has to embrace the rigors of the sport.

“You’ve watched — on Instagram, on Facebook, on Twitter — everything’s a big party,” Johnson Sr. said. “You just want to get to college to party, but you don’t understand: You’re playing college football. It’s a business. And it’s a serious business. If you want to become successful — make it to the NFL — you’ve got to embrace it. You’ve got to own it. You don’t make it to the next level by cruising. There’s no cruise control.

“There’s no ‘Mike Riley is good friends with Keyshawn, so his son’s automatically going to play.’ That’s not the game. That’s not why he went to Nebraska. He went there to work his tail off. To have an opportunity to be successful. But when you don’t do that — and you squander that — what are you going to do?”

Scottsbluff linebacker Garrett Nelson thrilled to receive Husker offer

Garrett Nelson on Friday had what any high school athlete in Nebraska would consider a fantastic day.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Scottsbluff junior first received nearly simultaneous offers from South Dakota and South Dakota State on Friday afternoon after Nebraska’s Big Man camp.

The Huskers offered a scholarship to the 2019 defensive end prospect after their Friday Night Lights camp.

“I felt extremely blessed to receive an offer (from Nebraska) right away,” Nelson said. “The coaches on Friday felt more like friends than actual coaches.”

Nelson has football in his blood. His grandfather, Ken Parish, was head coach at Cozad from 1966-73 and then again in 1976-1978. He finished with a 63-33-3 record. Cozad went undefeated in Parish’s third season and won the 1969 state championship, allowing only three points the entire season.

Parish, now 78, lives in Omaha and attends every one of Nelson’s games.

“My grandfather has been to almost every game since I was little. He has been a huge influence on me,” Nelson said. “(He) and my father have taught me how to go through life in an appropriate manner.”

His father is Chris Nelson, a former All-America wrestler at Nebraska and NU’s most outstanding wrestler in 1992. Both his father and mother graduated from Nebraska, but they want Nelson to make his own decision.

“My parents want me to feel comfortable and find my own path,” Nelson said. “They have told me it is my decision and will be proud of me with whatever decision I make.”

Nelson will take an unofficial visit to Nebraska on Saturday where he will see the campus from a student’s perspective.

“Education is important to me because football won’t last forever,” he said. “I want to talk to the academic advisers and see the non-football side of the school.”

It’s clear that Nelson wouldn’t mind wearing red someday.

“I love Nebraska. I love the fans,” he said. “They have the greatest fans in college football.”

Nelson has seen the football side of schools this spring. Along with Nebraska, he camped at Texas, Wyoming and Wisconsin. He attended the Rivals camp in St. Louis.

“I don’t have anything planned after Nebraska this weekend,” he said. “I’m ready to get back with my teammates and coaches. Our goal is to win a state championship.”

Nelson describes himself as a hard worker with a high motor.

“I will never give up on my team, coaches, fans or a play,” he said.

Husker Camp Countdown: No. 50 Collin Miller

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2017 season. Collin Miller comes

Collin Miller | 6-3  |  230  |  Redshirt freshman  |  LB

When, where and what will Miller be this year? The redshirt freshman was named defensive MVP of the scout team last fall while lining up as a defensive end. Coach Mike Riley said Miller had been playing inside linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme, but then the product of Fishers, Indiana, missed the entire spring with a toe injury.

Playing time could be difficult to come by given the position change and lack of spring reps — along with his new spot being loaded with talent like Luke Gifford, Dedrick Young, Avery Roberts and Mohamed Barry, among others. But attrition is inevitable every year, and the Huskers will need plenty of linebackers, making Miller a potential impact player if circumstances allow.

Nebraska boys athlete of the year Cam Jurgens, Beatrice junior and Husker commit, remains humble despite prowess

BEATRICE – One last try.

Cam Jurgens hadn’t been pushed like this all season in the discus circle. The Beatrice junior was going back and forth with a fellow future Division I football player in crummy conditions at the state track and field meet.

His best throw had been ahead of Brett Kitrell, the Ohio signee from Ashland-Greenwood. That was until Kitrell’s last throw traveled 177 feet, 3 inches to take the lead in Class B and for the all-class gold medal.

“I knew I could do it, I knew I had to do it. I didn’t want to question myself,’’ Jurgens reflected. “I tried to stay as calm as I could. I’m sure people were worrying I wouldn’t win, like my mom who was nervous and everything, but I knew I was going to get a throw out there.

“I have to be confident in myself.”

That last try, the one that flew 183-5 for the gold, shows the competitive side of the new World-Herald Nebraska high school boys athlete of the year.

A couple of weeks ago, Beatrice attended a Creighton team camp for boys basketball. Jurgens wasn’t there. The Nebraska football pledge was at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Indianapolis, a competition for the nation’s elite high school football players.

His heart was torn.

“I love going to the summer stuff with the guys,’’ he said. “It was tough to miss it.”

His basketball coach, Tyler Struck, said coaches at the CU camp commented on what a nice kid Jurgens was and asked how his football recruitment was going.

“When Cam came back, he said his camp had been so much fun and a great experience, but it would have been so much fun being at team camp,” Struck said.

That’s the considerate side of Cam Jurgens.

He’s the first athlete of the year from Beatrice since Bob Hohn in 1960. He’s also only the fourth junior honored in 67 years, following Gerry Gdowski of Fremont in 1985, Leodis Flowers of Omaha Central in 1986 and Ron Coleman of Omaha North in 2009.

Jurgens had strong competition this year, starting with Noah Vedral. The three-sport standout for Wahoo Neumann signed with Central Florida for football.

Other finalists were Austin Schultz of Norris, Grant Bruner of Gretna, Seth Hirsch of Millard West and Evan Chohon of Columbus Scotus. Schultz also is a junior.

“With all the athletes around the state, to win as a junior is awesome and humbling,” he said.

Jurgens, who’s 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, repeated as a double gold medalist in the throws at the state meet. He was also the Class B discus champion as a freshman.

He made the All-Nebraska football team as a linebacker, the second straight year he was on the Class B all-state team.

After a slow start in basketball following a football injury, he averaged 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Asked to pinpoint the highlights of his year, “Nothing on the field,” Jurgens said. “It was spending time with my teammates. That’s what I will think about looking back, the memories with all my brothers on the football field, my basketball family and the track people.”

His coaches — Struck, Kevin Meyer in football and Karen Schlueter in track and field — marvel at his humility, the way he’s handled the acclaim surrounding his status as a Husker recruit and how he’s deferred leadership positions to older teammates.

“He understands the big picture,” Meyer said.

“A very humble athlete,” Schlueter said. “He got the male field-event award at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival and when I mentioned it to the entire team, the first thing out of his mouth was ‘Go Beatrice!’ He said later, ‘I wasn’t representing myself, but representing Beatrice.’ ”

Jurgens is the youngest of Ted and Beth Jurgens’ three children. The former Beth Stuart is in the UNK athletic hall of fame. She set the state high school record in the discus, since broken, of 160-8 in 1983 while at Holdrege and coaches her son in the discus. Ted played football at Beatrice.

The Jurgens live on a farm near Pickrell, a hamlet of about 10 miles north of Beatrice.

“On a farm, I definitely got strong as a kid,’’ Cam said. “I didn’t play a lot of video games. A lot I attribute to Dad. He didn’t raise me as a lazy kid.”

He ran the gamut of youth sports — baseball, soccer, flag football, basketball and wrestling. Of his three high school sports, track and field is the most seasonal. Summers have been a balancing act between football and basketball.

Jurgens said he got a lot out of the Rivals camp.

“Seeing all the guys out there, everybody is a really good athlete,” he said. “It was competitive. You got to see where you’re at and I think I’m good if not better than many of them. Being from the Midwest, we don’t have some of that talent.”

Meyer said Jurgens will take on more leadership duties this fall. He’ll be making the defensive calls and checks after being “gracious enough” to those seniors last year who had put in their time.

On the field, he’s going to be moved around a lot on offense and defense, too, to confound opponents intent on keying in on him.

“We definitely need to give him the ball in a variety of ways,” Meyer said. “He gets a lot of attention, which opens up other and is good for our offense. He’s a dominant blocker at the point of attack.”

In basketball, Struck said already last season he considered Jurgens among the top inside players in Class B, many of whom have now graduated.

“There still will be a couple left, but I see him being one of the premier big men,’’ Struck said. “I’m a big proponent of inside-out ball and clearly he’s going to be a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Struck said Jurgens has never put his sport on the back burner. He’ll be with the Orangemen cagers next week at a camp in Denver.

Jurgens hasn’t set numerical goals for anything but track, saying his desires for football and basketball are for the Orangemen to go deep into the postseason.

Next spring, he wants to hit 65 feet in the shot put and 200 in the discus. His bests this season, both in districts, were 62-10 and 191-10, respectively, after he went onto the all-time charts as a sophomore with marks of 63-3 (seventh) and 196-8 (eighth) at the state meet.

“I’ve done it,’’ he said. “I just have to do it in competition.”

Jurgens is strong with his pledge to the Huskers but said he’ll likely take a couple official visits during the football season.

“I’d like to go see LSU and UCLA,” he said. “But I’m verbally committed to Nebraska.”

Frazier, Rozier & Rodgers to Join ‘The Pipeline’ at Falls City Hospital Golf Tourney

FALLS CITY – There will be plenty of Husker football royalty coming to Falls City at the end of June.

Heisman winners Johnny Rodgers and Mike Rozier, as well as College Football Hall of Famer Tommie Frazier, will join the already committed 1994 ‘Pipeline’ for the Community Medical Center Golf Tournament on June 30th.

The tournament will be played at Classic Club 8 in Falls City with the ‘Pipeline’, the five members of the offensive line on the title winning 1994 Huskers, as featured guests.

Two other former Husker players will golf. Clester Johnson who played wingback in the 1990’s and Curtis Cotton a strong safety in the late 80’s, are also expected to play.

The tournament is held annually, with 2017 proceeds going towards offsetting the cost of a new MRI machine for the hospital.

CMC is able to book these guests thanks to friend of the hospital William Reed, who has connections to many formers Huskers.

NU juniors Jake Meyers, Luis Alvarado and Scott Schreiber to mull futures after being picked in MLB draft

LINCOLN — From their homes across North America, three Nebraska juniors absorbed the kind of news they had been dreaming of their entire baseball lives.

Jake Meyers was returning from a workout in Omaha when his girlfriend alerted him with a text. From his house in Puerto Rico, Luis Alvarado was watching TV when his grandfather told him. Scott Schreiber was back in Wisconsin with his parents when he received the official call.

The message, in one form or another: You’ve been selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

The two-way standout Meyers was the first Husker to go late Wednesday morning when the Houston Astros took him in the 13th round (No. 391 overall). Moments later, the Seattle Mariners claimed Alvarado — an outfielder and co-closer this spring — in the same round at No. 393. Schreiber, who led Nebraska in most hitting categories this year, came off the board in the 26th round (No. 769 overall) to the Tampa Bay Rays.

As juniors, all have until July 15 to figure out whether to sign a professional contract or return to school for their senior seasons. All told The World-Herald on Wednesday evening that the size of the financial offer they receive will be a key factor. Meyers and Alvarado plan to decide in the next few days, while Schreiber said he may need “a few weeks.”

“I have to ultimately decide if I want to go the pro route or go back to Nebraska,” Meyers said. “I haven’t necessarily decided at this point, but I would absolutely love to go either way. It’s a win-win situation.”

The trio were the only three current Huskers taken in the draft, which completed its three-day run Wednesday with Rounds 11-40 and 900 of the 1,215 total selections. Graduated senior first baseman Ben Miller, who stayed at Nebraska after being chosen in the 32nd round by Pittsburgh last June, was not drafted.

Meyers led Nebraska’s regular starting rotation in ERA (3.42) while compiling an 8-2 record and 57-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 84-1/3 innings. Offensively, he ranked fourth on the squad in batting average (.297) and stole 20 bases in 22 tries. The Omaha Westside graduate also excelled in center field, making just one error while playing in 53 of Nebraska’s 58 games this spring.

Houston was one of “most” teams that evaluated him as a center fielder, Meyers said. The lifelong Red Sox fan thought the draft began at noon Wednesday — it was actually 11 a.m. — and thus was busy when his name dropped. A deluge of congratulatory texts and tweets awaited him when he checked his phone.

Meyers’ father, Paul, was drafted by San Francisco in the fourth round in 1986.

“My girlfriend just asked me, ‘Weren’t you just drafted by the Astros?’ That’s when I went and checked, and I was,” said Jake Meyers, a third-team All-American according to Baseball America. “It was an unbelievable feeling at that point. It was a done deal and something I dreamed about growing up.”

Alvarado said all teams viewed him as a pitcher in the draft. He threw for the Huskers for the first time this spring and produced strong results, posting 10 saves and allowing three earned runs in 15-2/3 innings (1.72 ERA). He struck out 15 and sported a fastball clocking in the low-to-mid 90s. The regular left fielder also swatted a pair of homers, hit .283 and doubled 12 times in 57 contests.

Chosen out of high school by Boston in the 33rd round, Alvarado said he had no good feel for where and when he might go this time. A Red Sox fan like Meyers, he said all he knows about the Mariners is that he once played with the brother of their closer, Edwin Diaz. If he chooses to return to Nebraska, he will play in a summer league.

“I wasn’t expecting anything,” Alvarado said. “It was my first year pitching, so it was kind of hard to say where I was going to land with not having many innings (pitched). I’m just happy I got drafted and got the opportunity. I’m going to sleep on it, talk to family. I’ll probably decide (Thursday) or in the next few days.”

Schreiber was the least elated of the three after he fell 420 spots (14 rounds) further than projected by Baseball America. The 6-foot-3 power hitter had figured on being drafted Tuesday but then waited into Wednesday afternoon before the Rays notified him.

Schreiber’s brother, Brad, is a pitcher in the Tampa Bay organization who currently plays for Double-A Montgomery in Alabama.

“I was pretty disappointed that I dropped that far down, but getting drafted isn’t something that happens to everyone, so I was obviously pretty excited about that,” Schreiber said. “I’m going to go play summer ball and kind of see what kind of offer they give me and go from there.”

Splitting time between designated hitter and right field, the All-Big Ten first-teamer led the Huskers in batting average (.330), home runs (seven), doubles (15), RBIs (51) and slugging percentage (.494) while playing in 57 games. The homer total fell well short of the 16 he swatted as a sophomore, but he said the disparity this time had more to do with the small sample size of a college baseball season than anything else.

“I feel like I had a good year this year,” Schreiber said. “I feel like I’m a better player than I performed, but it’s not like I underperformed. I thought I played at a pretty high level.”

Creighton juniors Rollie Lacy, Keith Rogalla picked 10 picks apart early in MLB draft; David Gerber gets taken late

Three Creighton pitchers were selected on the final day of the MLB draft Wednesday, marking the third time in four years that the Jays have had three players picked.

The Chicago Cubs used the final selection in the 11th round (345th overall) to draft junior Rollie Lacy, an All-Big East performer last season. The right-hander was CU’s Friday night ace, recording a 2.54 ERA while striking out 83 batters in 88-2/3 innings. He’s the highest drafted Bluejay pitcher since Ty Blach went in the fifth round five years ago.

Junior Keith Rogalla wasn’t too far behind Lacy on Wednesday. Ten picks, actually. With the 10th choice in the 12th round (355th overall), the Los Angeles Angels drafted Rogalla, the hard-throwing right-hander who struck out 70 batters and held opposing hitters to a .231 average in 71-1/3 innings of work last season.

Then came senior reliever David Gerber. The Jays’ career saves leader will be joining the Seattle Mariners, who drafted him with the 28th pick of the 29th round (No. 873 overall). Gerber’s brother Mike also played for CU. He was a 15th-round pick in 2014 and is now part of the Detroit Tigers organization.

Both Lacy and Rogalla do now have decisions to make — since they both still have one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. They are each expected to sign professional contracts, though. The deadline to sign is July 15.

If Lacy and Rogalla end up going pro, the Jays will be replacing their entire 2017 weekend rotation next season. Left-hander Jeff Albrecht just ended his CU career. Gerber and that talented trio of starters logged a combined 204-2/3 innings this past season, accounting for nearly half of Creighton’s total (439-1/3).

NU assistant Michael Lewis staying with Huskers after interviewing for Butler head coaching vacancy

LINCOLN — Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles checked one worry off his list over the weekend, knowing his staff of assistants would stay intact.

Michael Lewis, just finishing his first season at NU, confirmed to The World-Herald that he interviewed Friday night for the head coach opening at Butler. Lewis was an assistant at the Big East school for five years before coming to Nebraska.

Lewis said he was informed Sunday night he didn’t get the job. On Monday night, Butler announced Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s LaVall Jordan — another former Butler assistant — as its new coach.

Lewis is seen in basketball circles as a definite head coach prospect. He earlier drew interest from Miami of Ohio and Austin Peay.

At Nebraska, Lewis replaced Phil Beckner, who was at NU one season. Beckner replaced Rashon Burno, who left after 50 days to go to Arizona State.

In other news, Nebraska has an addition to its roster, but Johnny Trueblood can’t be called new.

The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore guard out of Elkhorn South, who played 10 games as a walk-on two years ago and then wasn’t on the team last season, has walked on again.

Miles said Monday the Huskers currently have five walk-ons: Trueblood; senior guard Malcolm Laws from Orlando; junior center Tanner Borchardt from Gothenburg; sophomore guard Mo Elradi out of Elkhorn Mount Michael; and freshman guard Justin Costello out of Elkhorn South.

One former Husker — second-team All-Big Ten guard Tai Webster — continues his efforts to earn an NBA spot.

The 6-4 guard, who was fourth in scoring in the Big Ten last season, worked out Monday with the Charlotte Hornets. He previously had workouts with the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings.

Some NBA draft sites have mentioned Webster as a possible late second-round pick. The draft is June 22.