CWS (Basketball) Visitation Weekend
It’s the College World Series opening weekend in Omaha. The Creighton Bluejay basketball program is taking advantage to bring in some hoops recruits. According to the White and Blue Review, Creighton has 3 overlapping visits on tap for college hoops centers. See link below for details.
Up 1st is 2020 Center Ryan Kalkbrenner from the St Louis area. He is followed by 2019 grad transfer Center from Utah St., Kelvin Jones. Finally 2020 Center/Fwd Kiyron Powell, from Evansville, Indiana, visits the Hilltop. Kalkbrenner and Powell are both top 150 players.
As is widely known Creighton’s frontcourt took hits from the early departures of Sam Froling and Martin Krampelj to the pro ranks. Transfer Jones would fill an immediate need for depth in the paint for this season. He averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 29 games for the Bengals last season. As a grad tranfer Jones has tons of offers, but it is encouraging to get him on campus for an official visit.
Kalkbrenner, Rivals #68, 4-star, has over 11 offers, incl. Mizzou, Ill, Cincinnati, GT, K. St, Creighton. Illinois is seen as the team to beat.
Powell, Rivals #149, 3-star, has 7 offers, incl. Gtwn, K. St, and interest from UI, Purdue, Xavier. Purdue is seen as the team to beat.
Both are official visits, both are 1st visits. Stay tuned for more…
Late Entry 13 Jun 19: Combo Fwd Lok Wur, Papio South, Omaha, NB.
Fwd Lok Wur, of Omaha area just recently cleared as academically eligible for Div 1 basketball. A flurry of offers have been flying about since then…roughly 9 to 11 by Div 1 schools. CU’s Coach Mac had a meeting with Wur today and CU offered (13th June 19).
Unranked Wur is 6-9. 180/190 lbs. Wur earned USA Today second team all-state honors this past high school campaign after averaging a double-double (20.8 points and 10 caroms) for Papillon La Vista South. At one point earlier in this past season he was shooting 61% from 3pt land.
In the opinion of several he is a project and noted Omaha hoops expert Jacob Padilla was less than optimistic about Wur’s division 1 prospects. Padilla is “tried and true” in his analysis of players over the years in the Omaha area.:
I’ll believe Kansas “reaching out” means something if anything actually comes of it.
I’ll say this: Creighton has vetted him much more thoroughly than any of those schools that offered him. He has a lot of growing up to do.
I guess we’ll find out this week if Creighton has changed their tune on him.
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