Liftoff: Bluejay Shuttle Flies to Stars

Creighton begins the 2018 Campaign with Electric Start!


The Jays recruiting list is long for 2018, with over 30 kids by accounts from BJB and BJU, including a couple of surprises in C/PF Dimon Carrigan and CG Keyshawn Embry, etc.  Carrigan is a defensive nightmare from Boston.

Old git’s list is a bit shorter:  SF Chris Bishop, PG/CG Torrence Watson, both from Mizzou, and SF/PF Brandon Johns of Michigan.  If there is a 4th billet, add C Brady Heiman (Nebraska kid).

Creighton currently has 5 open slots counting the 2 unfilled 2017 billets.  However those may be filled by 2017 UMass transfers Gresham and Jarreau (currently #4 transfer for 2017).

Yesterday, with short notice, Creighton kicked off its’ 2018 campaign with one of git’s favorite recruits for the year:  Lee Summit, MO’s SF Chris Bishop.  I will save the laudatory rants extolling Chris’ virtues and game for later – although I am tempted – and put forward an optimistic, but tempered account of what he brings to the team.

Chris Bishop – 6-8/180, SF, 2018, #140 Rivals, NR other rating services.

  Christian Bishop Small forward 3 STARS Lee’s Summit West Lee’s Summit, MO

Commitment status:


“I’m super excited — everybody in my family’s excited,” he said by phone Wednesday. “It’s the perfect fit for me.”

Bishop has been a Jay for a long time, as his Mom posted this amongst other videos yesterday, after Chris’ commit.

Chris is a fast rising SF over the last 6-9 months, primarily based upon an excellent Junior year in HS and having a good spring with AAU Team Rush in KCMO.  A good summer will further enhance and elevate his game and ratings stature.  Eric Bossi thinks Chris’ rise is incomplete and I agree.  IMO he will settle in into the 50-75 range when all is said and done nationally during the cycle.

What he brings to the team:  E. Bossi – “A smooth athlete who can shoot with range, play above the rim and be utilized as either a big wing or a stretch four man, Bishop feels that he’s a good fit. And as a prospect on the rise, his best days are ahead of him in Omaha.”

“I think my skill set can help a lot,” said Bishop. “Being as tall as I am I can play the perimeter and I can do a lot of things. I also think I’m a good passer and I can defend multiple positions.

Chris said it best when Eric Bossi asked what he intends to improve upon:

“I think I need to get stronger. The consistency on my jump shot when it comes and my ball handling when I get that where I want to be, I think I can be deadly.”

His frame is slight, so efforts to add weight may be limited.  He will probably max out at 200-210, and as long as he is not asked to play much stretch 4 that should be sufficient.

Conversely both Watson and Johns should be able to add considerable weight if needed. Watson up to 200 and Johns up to 230 due to heavier, wider frames.

Creighton’s move to the Big East has resulted in a noticeable uptick in recruiting these last 2-3 years.  Last years’ (2017) class hauled in three 4-star recruits, with league politics preventing a 4th.  IMHO this is about right and the Jays should maintain such a trend, with an occasional 5-star along with 3 or so 4-stars as their normal recruiting haul.

It should be noted that both Rivals and Scout appear to have an eye on Creighton and the Jays have not dissappointed – being in the mix on numerous high level recruits annually. 2018 should prove to be no different.  Chris Bishop makes for an excellent start!

Go Creighton!

– gtmoBlue

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