Height: 5'8"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: East Haven, Conn.
High School: East Haven


Honors & Awards

  • Gatorade Connecticut High School Player of the Year (2019)
  • USA Today First-Team All-Connecticut (2018, 2019)
  • No. 27 Point Guard in the Nation (ESPN, 2019)
  • Southern Connecticut Conference Player of the Year (2019)

Before Nebraska

Makenzie Helms  captured Gatorade Connecticut High School Player-of-the-Year honors by averaging 26.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 4.3 steals while leading the East Haven Yellowjackets to the Southern Connecticut Conference title.

Helms, who was the conference player of the year, led East Have to a 20-5 overall record and a spot in the Connecticut Class L state quarterfinals.

She was the first commitment to Nebraska’s 2018-19 class, making her intentions known in January of 2018. Her commitment followed a junior season in 2017-18 in which Helms averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 4.0 steals per game. East Haven finished No. 3 in the state of Connecticut with a 25-3 record in 2017-18. Helms earned first-team all-state honors and was a USA Today first-team All-Connecticut selection. 

Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said the creative and competitive instincts of Helms will make her an asset for the Huskers in the future.

“We are excited to add Makenzie to the Husker women’s basketball family,” Williams said. “She has incredible court vision and creates offense for her teammates with tempo and passing ability. Combining that with her confident scoring mentality and her ability to score at all three levels, Makenzie is a great fit for the versatility we like in our system. She is an intense competitor, and we are eager to have her fighting for the Huskers.”

As a sophomore, Helms averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals at the Loomis Chaffee School. She earned All-New England accolades as both a freshman and sophomore.

She played her summer basketball for New Heights NYC for Coach Rock Rosa, averaging 20 points, six rebounds, eight assists and five steals per contest. ESPN ranked her as the No. 27 point guard in the class of 2019.


The daughter of Lance and Jocelyn Helms, Makenzie has two older sisters, Cynthia and Cassie, and a younger brother, Logan.

An outstanding student, Helms carried a 4.72 GPA as a junior and plans to major in chemistry at Nebraska.

She chose Nebraska over Syracuse, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Kentucky, Yale, Penn, Rutgers and Georgia Tech.

“I chose Nebraska because of the amazing family atmosphere I felt. It was as if I was already a part of the team from the first time I stepped onto campus. Fans and family members approached me at the game last January as if they had known me forever. I had the best experience possible on my unofficial visit and knew this place was meant for me. It is true what they say, “There is no place like Nebraska!”

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