More Stock Risers to Follow after Nebraska Top 250 Expo (Pt. 1)
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Now, we’re about to discuss a medley of positions from last weekend’s Nebraska Top 250 Expo. This should be fun. In case you missed it, our post-event coverage has already covered pin hitters, liberos, and setters who swiped the spotlight…
Now, we’re about to discuss a medley of positions from last weekend’s Nebraska Top 250 Expo. This should be fun.
In case you missed it, our post-event coverage has already covered pin hitters, liberos, and setters who swiped the spotlight during our December showcase in La Vista. There are still more players to talk about, however, and this group made a big impression to raise their own stock heading into 2024. That’s what these events are all about.
So, let’s hop around the map to find some of the biggest stock risers from the Nebraska Top 250 Expo. We’re breaking this up into two parts, so buckle up!
Braithwaite consistently makes the most of her appearances at Prep Dig showcases. Last weekend wasn’t her first trip to a La Vista expo, but it definitely looked like Braithwaite’s best outing yet. The Elkhorn South junior took charge of the backcourt during team drills and was unflappable in serve receive. This should be the prelude to an impactful season with Club Legacy, a group that has churned out libero talent lately.
Ponca High School had multiple representatives at our showcase, and Stewart quickly made herself known among her 2025 peers. She accumulated 2.5 kills per set for the Indians this fall and proved her ability to play on the pin or in the middle. So, while Stewart spent most of her time in the middle at our showcase, don’t be surprised if she makes a future surge at a different position. Anything to win.
This was a perfect time for Badje to step into the showcase spotlight after a breakout junior season with Douglas County West. She was a steady contributor during her underclassman years but saw a huge junior uptick with 2.2 kills per set. Not only can Badje bring the heat in the frontcourt, but her experience as a featured defender makes her an asset in the middle-back area. That full range came out in La Vista.
Odvody has given us plenty of vivid memories throughout her prep career. We won’t forget about the way she stepped into the 2022 Omaha Westside lineup and gave a boost to a team struggling through injuries. Her impactful play in the middle has persisted with Nebraska Elite on the club side. Odvody gave us another glimpse of her game-changing physicality at the net, and 2024 will offer another important litmus test.
We’re staying in the middle for our next entry. Schuster did not take long to assert herself as one of our Top 250 Expo top performers. Her stellar work with Nebraska Juniors last spring was the start of a huge calendar year. It all culminated in Schuster dominating our showcase with lateral quickness, explosiveness, and an innate ability to read opposing setters. We can’t wait to see what’s next for Schuster in 2024, whether it’s on the club stage or with defending Class A champion Lincoln Southwest.
DeLeon caught our attention while she competed with Banzai during the 2023 club campaign. Her tireless pursuit of the ball offered a huge boost to her squad, which often didn’t have to worry about taking first contacts. DeLeon took care of it. There’s growing momentum around the Banzai program after its GJNC bid in the 16s age group, and this 2026 libero can help usher in the next wave of success.
We’re returning to the Lincoln area to wrap up Part 1. Johnson bolsters a huge group of young players looking to make an impact at Lincoln East, which has now appeared in two consecutive state tournaments. This 2026 outside hitter showed a knack for scoring, even with well-formed blocks in front of her. Tooling hands is a skill that takes a while to master, but Johnson is already making major progress in this area.