Honors & Awards
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2017; Spring 2016)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Walk-on Johnny Trueblood returns to the Husker program after a one-year absence. Trueblood saw action in 10 games and became a fan favorite in limited action in 2015-16. The 6-foot-3 guard had eight points and four assists in 28 minutes of work during his initial year at NU. Trueblood will add depth in the backcourt and help with scout team duties. He is one of two Elkhorn South players on the 2017-18 roster, joining freshman Justin Costello.
Trueblood attended Nebraska, but did not play basketball.
Trueblood walked on to the Husker team and made 10 appearances as a true freshman. He totaled eight points and four assists in just 28 minutes of action. Trueblood had a season-high three points in the win over Rutgers on Feb. 3, hitting the first 3-pointer of his career. He also had baskets at No. 11 Villanova and against Southeastern Louisiana. He dished out two assists on a pair of occasions, against Mississippi Valley State in the opener on Nov. 14 and against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 22. He made four appearances in Big Ten action and also in the Huskers' opening-round victory over Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament.
Trueblood joined the Husker program as a walk-on following a decorated career at Elkhorn South playing for Coach Alex Bahe. Trueblood finished as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,213 points), as well as holding single-game (42) and single-season (598) scoring marks at the school.
As a senior, he led the Storm to a 21-5 record and the school's first Class B (second-largest class) state title. He led Class B by averaging 23.0 points per game, while also adding 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game to garner first-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and second-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald. A first-team Class B all-state performer from both publications, Trueblood averaged 19.6 points per game in three state tournament games, including a 17-point effort while playing with a sprained ankle in a 60-51 win over Sidney in the state championship at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
As a junior, he earned first-team Class B accolades from both major papers, averaging 15.4 points, 3.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as Elkhorn South finished the regular season unbeaten and placed third in the state. In his three-year varsity career, Trueblood helped Elkhorn South to three straight state semifinal appearances in Class B and a 66-13 record. In addition to his high school career, he played AAU basketball for the Omaha Sports Academy and Head Coach Bob Franzese. Prior to his senior year, he helped the Omaha Sports Academy take first place in the top bracket at the Mullens Tournament in St. Louis.
Trueblood was the first Husker basketball player from Elkhorn South since the school opened in 2010.
Johnny is the son of Tom and Shelia Trueblood and was born on June 3, 1997, in Omaha. Johnny has one older brother, Tommy, and one younger sister, Jenna. Trueblood is an accounting major and a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.