Creighton’s 2015 Class

Incoming Bluejays

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Well folks, here they are.  The Creighton University 2015 Recruiting Class.  This class features the best of all 4 tiers of current day collegiate hoops recruiting levels:  high school, Jucos, transfers, and overseas recruits.  This Jays class is quite the crop, indeed.

Here are a few recent links on the Bluejay recruits.  
Here are your new Bluejay recruiting capsules along with a quick gtmo take on each.

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Courtesy: North Scott HS (Iowa)
Khyri Thomas, 3* SG: Coming out of high school, Thomas was known as a long and pretty athletic driver who liked to attack the rim and play in transition. During his prep school year he has only expanded things.

Thomas still prefers to attack the rim and get out in transition, but he’s smoothed out some of the rough edges of his game. While he won’t likely play at the point, he has really improved his ball handling and he he has become a respectable mid-range jump-shooter. What Thomas — who has a 6-foot-9 wingpan — has really done, though, is add strength and turn himself into a potential defensive stopper.  – E. Bossi  
gtmo – Khyri performed well on the summer tour.  He was the 2nd leading scorer at 13.6 ppg and provides the defensive talent and heart to be a game changer this season for the team.
Martin Krampelj, 3* PF:  “Martin is a young man who possesses a rare combination of size and skill,” McDermott said. “Standing 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, he can shoot the ball from the 3 and can also get the ball to the basket. We expect that he will be able to be very disruptive on the defensive end of the floor, yet also score the basketball in a variety of ways.”
– HC Greg McDermott
gtmo – Martin is a prototypical Euro player, in that he has a good understanding of the game, is a shooter, and is a bit older as a frosh.  He has
played for his Slovenian national teams and comes to CU by way of Impact Academy in Florida.  He can shoot and rebound.  Scored 12 ppg on the summer trip to Europe and looks to be a main part of the bigs rotation.
Marlon Stewart, 3* PG/SG:  Marlon led his North Scott team to the 2015 Iowa 4A HS Championship.
“Marlon is a multi-talented guard who can really shoot and score the basketball,” McDermott said. “He also possesses the ability to rebound the ball extremely well from the guard spot.  – HC Greg McDermott

gtmo – Always good to have an Iowa kid on this team.  Marlon is undervalued by many, however he is a good defensive player and a shooter, he has talent and heart.  He will get his moments to shine…and will deliver for the team.  Avg. 4.6 ppg on summer tour.

Courtesy: Omaha North HS (Neb)

 Justin Patton, 4* (Rivals-47)/5* (Scout-24) Ctr:
“He can play with his back to the basket, has a quick first jump, is a phenomenal rebounder and can shoot from about 15 feet out,” he said. He added that Patton is a great passer, blocks a lot of shots and is good for about 3 to 4 put-back dunks per game.  – Bob Franzese (AAU Coach)

“Looking back at the month of July, there wasn’t a more under utilized player than Patton. Teams have their system and his Omaha Crusaders team was very well coached and the weave they like to run is effective. However, the talented big man would have been a force if utilized more. Not saying that he will end up an NBA player, but there are a lot of guys making money the Association who looked like Patton as 16 and 17-year-olds. He can run, has tremendous size (with plenty of room to add weight) and looks to have good touch. Right now, Creighton is the clubhouse leader for biggest steal in 2015 recruiting by landing him before anybody else found out about him.”  – E. Bossi

gtmo-  Possibly the most underappreciated,undervalued 4/5 star player to come along in years. The overwhelming majority of the Jay fanbase, media pundits, and writers either downplay Justin as a player or don’t even know who he is.  I don’t care if he was “under the radar”, under a rock, or Underdog, this kid is legit and will flourish in Mac’s system.  Fortunately our coaches and Ryan James, Evan Daniel, and Eric Bossi took note of Justin.  He is possibly AA good. 
Had a good Sr year at Omaha North – 14.2 ppg/9.9 rbds.  
At the 2015 Kentucky Derby Classic – 17pts/4 rbd, 3 ast, and 1 TO in 19 min PT. 

Photo: Tim Easley – Morgan fouling Patton.

Went for 7 ppg/5.3 rbds in 3 games on this summer’s Italy tour, including the first 2 games with 10+ mins, avg 9 ppg/4.5 rbds.  No redshirt for this guy.

Courtesy: @MCC

Malik Albert, JUCO AA (Mott CC), PG
A diamond out of Detroit.  HS AA and State Champion in his Sr year.  Juco AA as a Soph at Mott. Malik is a scoring PG, averaged 24 ppg/4.5 assists his MCC sophomore year.  Can play either guard position. Has 2 years of eligibility left.  Avg 12.6 ppg on the Italy tour.

Courtesy: anonymous

And then there is this guy…a virtually unknown entity from West Texas.  

Marcus Foster, Transfer (Kansas State), SG
Marcus is a gamechanging player, one of the premier SGs in the Country.  2nd Tm All Big12 as a frosh.  15 ppg as a frosh/12.5 as a soph.  He is a proven offensive scoring guard, who is fearless, strong, and proficient. Marcus will sit out 2015-16 due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have 2 years elegibility come 2016.

Finally.  The Creighton Community has lost one of its’ biggest and most ardent supporters.  Mary Ann Filippi, A.K.A the “Dancin’ Grandma” passed away last Monday (at age 92). The Lady was a 10. She will be sorely missed by all Creightonians.

Courtesy: Omaha World Herald
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It would be fitting to dedicate this season in her honor.