Creighton Basketball – 2015 NLI Signees

 The Class of 2015

Another successful men’s basketball recruiting season has run the gamut and the Jays have received verbal commitments from 3 top national recruits.  Beginning last June with the surprise offer/commit from then relatively unknown Omaha recruit C/PF Justin Patton, to the September commit of Iowa PG Marlon Stewart, then the surprise signing day commit of Slovenian post-grad SF Martin Krampelj, it has been a roller coaster ride.  

Creighton has 1 scholie spot remaining.  The Jays have some 2015 offers on the table, mainly for guards, including a recent re-offer to former 2012-now Juco PG Jonathan Milligan and KU transfer PG Conner Frankamp . This is a good class for the Jays 3rd year in the Big East Conference and will set the table for continued success in the conference and nationally.  As their senior high school/prep seasons play out future Jays Patton, Stewart, and Krampelj should see a rise in their respective national standings.

Recruiting is work – hard work at this level.  Creighton’s staff has put in tons of hard work and thousands of road miles this past recruiting season, in order to capitalize on their new Big East status, and it has paid dividends.   Coaches DeVries, Lutz, and Sellers are to be commended for their ceaseless recruiting efforts.
Creighton Basketball NLI Signees:

Photos: Rivals, QC Times, 

C/PF Justin Patton, 6-10, 215  Omaha, NB  Rivals-#48, Scout-#42, ESPN-Unranked 4-Star

PG Marlon Stewart, 6-2, 195   Eldridge, IA Rivals-Unranked 3-Star, Scout-NR, ESPN-NR
SF/PF Martin Krampelj, 6-8, 205 Grosuplje, Slovenia, PostGrad @ Impact Academy/FL, NR

The 2015 Men’s Basketball Class is ranked in the Top 60 nationally, depending on the service you look at – 247Hoops, VerbalCommits, Scout, Rivals, ESPN, NBCSports, etc., and should rise up the rankings based on player performances this season.  This class is a bellwether class – as it was seen as crucial to field a great class this year, going forward in the BE – to set the bar as a consistent player in both Big East championships and nationally.  The perception was that this class would certify not only the Jays ability to continue to compete in the league, but also to potentially win the conference and have legitimate postseason success in the foreseeable future.  The caliber of this 2015 class does that, but also throws down the gauntlet – that Creighton, both can and will compete with the so-called ‘elite‘ for top level recruits.  The Big East conference has grabbed 8 Top 100 and 11 Top 150 (Rivals) recruits to date, with Creighton’s share being 1 Top 50 player and 2 soon to be Top 150.

Coach Mac’s comments:

The Jays have had good to great recruiting classes in the past.  This 2015 recruit class continues that trend by securing 3 Top 150 players thus far.  A hale and hearty “Well Done” to Creighton Coach McDermott and his excellent staff.