Not clear who their other options are. I know they took a look at a pair of local kids this weekend. Two local Omaha Kids. Lok Wur from Papillion South and Javier Turner from Omaha Central. Both are 6’9 and look like they move pretty well. But it’s always hard to evaluate HS players.
After the lull in February through early April, things have finally picked up steam. Stay attentive to GoCreighton.com, BluejayBanter.com, and Bluejayunderground.com for frequent updates on these fluid recruitments.
Ah, Spring Recruiting. Nothing better to brighten the spirits and breathe in the fresh air of renewed hope for the season ahead. The Jays are hard at it and have their sights on a slew of potential new Bluejays. Let’s get to it.
Only one fall signee in Shereef Mitchell, 6-0/160 PG, from Omaha.
A current board theme is that Creighton is looking for a 4, a play now grad wing, and a sit 1 wing. We have 3 open spots (Froling back to Australia/pro career) with a potential for a 4th.
New Frosh –
Tristan Enaruna, 6-8/215 F, Netherlands/Wasatch Academy Enaruna is CU’s primary target this spring. Brief CU visit in mid-February. Stock has exploded recently and has KU, Miami offers. Duke, UK, Texas interest. On his list for a visit, but no date set as of now. “Hopes to” begin visits this month.
LE 14 Apr 19: Matt DeMarinis tweets that Enaruna has set a official visit to Creighton on 26-28 April 2019.
Caleb Grill, 6-3 SG, Kansas Decommit from So Dak St. Grill visited unofficially last week and is setting up officials. Expect a visit and fast close. KSU, ISU, UNLV offers, other interest.
Jalen Windham, 6-5 SG/SF Indianapolis, IN Decommit from Georgia St. In home visit last week, Official visit scheduled for 22Apr19. Another fast close.
Grad Transfers –
Bryce Moore – 6-2 Combo Gd, Indianapolis, IN Grad. Trans. from W. Michigan. Top defender, excellent 3pt shooter. On official visit to CU 13-14Apr19. Visited Xavier on 11-12 Apr 19. Should be a fast close.
Jays looking at several GrTransfer Wings.
SF Chris Clarke, 6-7, VA. Trans from VT, Imm Eligibility. Suspended this past season. Jays interest? Had huge interest 1st time around.
Akron stretch forward Daniel Utomi, 6-7
William & Mary SG Matt Milon, 6-5. Creighton interest 1st time around.
Regular sit 1 Transfers –
Jays looking at several Transfer Wings.
Eric Williams Jr of Duquesne Sit one, play 2. He’s 6’6 and averaged 14 and 7 Shoot’s 37% from 3.
Kevin Easley of Chattanooga, a 6-6 wing who averaged 14-7
Juco, others – ??
None that we know of or that have been talked about.
My fav…Dimon Carrigan, 6-9/220 F/C, Boston, MA Odessa College. Shot Blocker/rebounder.
Stay tuned here and on the regular Creighton sites. BluejayBanter.com bluejayundergound.com and gocreighton.com
The Case for the Next Level, here at Intermission.
In 2013 Creighton was amongst the trio of schools accepted into the reconfigured Big East Conference. It was a shining moment in CU’s history to finally make it to the “bigtime” as a basketball school. Fr. Lanning worked tirelessly, canvassing, cajoling, selling CU, calling in markers and favors, sidebar caucusing, like a master salesman. Finally, it was done and Creighton was now a big boy school.
Back then optimism was high as were expectations that CU would gradually rise to competitive levels of recruiting, play, and rewards. Goals of winning exempt tourney championships, Big East Championships (both RS and BET), and making Sweet 16 and better NCAA runs- with an eye to eventually compete towards a national championship, were our optimistic and long-term goals. Fortunately we had a senior-led team with an All-American and excellent support cast, Creighton hit the ground running.
The next year with the loss of 4 seniors and some supporting members, Creighton experienced a sharp dropoff, and we’ve been rebuilding ever since. While Jays recruiting has experienced a rise over the last six years, our performance has not kept pace. Our 17 and 18 recruiting classes were very good (top 100) and we have promise of another good class in 2019.
We have recently completed year six in the Big East Conference. Most years it is a struggle to reach the 20 win platform and we have grown accustomed to repeated double digit loss accumulation annually. Creighton has settled in as a mid-tier performer in a major conference: a middling major player. We strive to be .500 or better in conference (83%), reach the 20 win platform (83%), to compete for the conference crown. We strive to be good enough to get a 7-11 seed bid in the NCAA tourney each year. The Jays have accomplished the NCAA goal 50% of the time these last 6 years. Creighton has performed pretty well as a mid-tier team. However, becoming a mid-tier major was not among our original goals.
Most of Creighton fandom are of the opinion to continue the course with Coach McDermott in spite of the record he has built. Most are happy with the results to date and think CU will make a marked improvement, given the talent onboard, during the tenure of the ’17-19 classes. While that is a distinct possibility, I hesitate to jump on the bandwagon as the record to date indicates more of the same old stuff, not a profound leap to top tier status. For the majority, only failure to produce significant results with the current talent over the next 2-3 years would awaken calls for change. Some will admit that it seems that coach has become a bit too “comfortable” and perhaps complacent.
2019 goes on record as having several upper tier coaches available and less of a coaching carousel in job availability. I am on record that we need to upgrade our coaching acumen/talent now, as Mac has given us a 9 year record of what he is capable of. My opinion is that Mac has hit his ceiling and is not the coach to elevate our program to the next level.
Creighton has a current campaign in progress to raise monies for coaching salaries. I submit to you, that campaign money along with contributions from our deep pocket donor base, be used to hire an available upper tier coach. Pitino, Sr., Matta, Dixon, S. Miller, Beard, others, are available for hire to revive the goals of taking CU to the next level with regards to basketball achievements.
With Bruce Rasmussen at the Athletic Director spot, it seems highly unlikely that any such change will be made, as Coach McDermott is held in good stead with the AD. Coach already has a 2-3 year extension on his contract in place. That places his tenure at 13 years – out to 2023. Unless issues from an unforeseen source arise (FBI investigation, Mac takes a better job or retires, bottom falls out, Rasmussen retires, Pres. Hendrickson override, etc.), our program will remain in Mac’s hands for the next 4 years at minimum.
Therefore here at the end of year nine overall, is a good time for an intermission1, a pause for a reality check. A time to reaffirm our commitment to striving for Creighton’s ascendance to the next level of college basketball achievement.
Psychologically, intermissions allow audiences to pause their suspension of disbelief and return to reality, and are a period during which they can engage critical faculties that they have suspended during the performance itself.
Women’s Basketball – Both the women and the men’s teams are in the midst of finding themselves. The women’s team is currently 10-8 / 4-3 in conference. The team faces Butler today at home on FS1, and are looking to sweep Butler on the season.
As for the guys… they fell to @St Johns last Wedsnesday evening, to go 10-8 /1-4 in conference. Jays have lost 4 straight after opening with a win @Providence. Up next is @Georgetown on Monday evening. Jays have been in lead at halftime or in the contest in most of the games. Becoming overly reliant on the 3, abandoning the inside game. And are not finishing well also.
Recruiting – Rumor had it there might be a commit over the semester break. The staff has been on lockdown since the FBI trial and allegations against CU. No leaks of any sort. Phenomenal. As it turns out – classes began last Wednesday – and no commit of any sort. So much for rumors. Have to assume the Jays are still working on Wing Gerald Drumgoole and PF Tristan Enaruna. No new names for 2019, although some of the staff are following a couple of Jucos. Nothing on any 2020 kids either.
News – New alternate uni was announced this week and will debut Monday vs @Georgetown. New “baby blue” alternate uni which harkens back to the 70s and 80s. A welcome addition and about time.
The annual Creighton vs Cancer Pinkout game is next Friday, 25Jan19 versus Butler. The auction is currently underway.
Happy New Year to everyone! Starting things off right…The Conference, on the road. New Year’s Eve at the Dunk…an ongoing new tradition. And seeing Providence (evidently our league nemesis) and trying to put a W into the talley (8-15 overall, 3-7 since joining the league) and attempt to put a bit of “rival” into the rivalry.
To their credit the Friars and Ed are great hosts for the party, just on bit stingy on the game. Should be a great tilt. Prov has been off 10 days and hopefully a bit rusty, but more than enough time to prepare for the Jays. My line is that the Jays are “on” tonight and no amount of prep will help. Go Jays!
Happy 2019 folks! May this year be your most prosperous one to date!
Jays take to the road for their 1st 2 games of the new year. At Providence, then at Butler, before 2 (Marquette and Villanova) at home. Should be a great opening gambit to lead off the Bie East season.
All the Best to you and yours in 2019. For those of U in uniform…Keep the Faith, baby!
Shoutout to everyone in Hong Kong, SRoK, especially Kunsan, Bahrain, and the PI. “When in doubt(s); Be Bold!”
December 1, 2018: #1 Gonzaga @ Creighton Zags 103-92 over Jays.
As is said there are no moral victories and a loss is a loss. I am however, very encouraged by our men’s basketball team.
Our Jays are not playing nearly as well as they can or will, with 2 of 3 bigs recovering from injuries. Mitch Ballock- expected to be one of our primary scorers – has only performed as expected on 1 or 2 occasions thus far. Our PG by cmte is not yet performing optimally.
In spite of the above we hung toe to toe with the far more experienced #1 team and not withstanding the 4 minutes lapse mid 2nd half, AND the overwhelmingly lopsided disparity in foul calls, were in the game and had an opportunity to win it. While there is no shame in losing to the top team in the nation, we did hang 92 points on the #1 team, nothing beats winning.
This 2018-19 Creighton basketball squad is good. With continued development & incremental improvements this team will be one of the twenty best teams in the country. The team is 6-2, won the in season tourney over #16 Clemson, and is on schedule to meet/exceed my expectations.
Our guys are playing well, defining team roles, and will continue to improve. They can and will contend for the Big East crown.
Recruiting: A few recruits were expected at the Gonzaga game. Jacob Padilla made mention that 2021 recruit SG/SF Hunter Sallis attended.
Attempting to schedule a visit for 2019 Fwd Tristan Enaruna. Possibly over the Xmas season. He’s gaining more notice as KU has now offered.
Soccer: The regular season champs Men’s season ended abruptly at the BET. No NCAA bid given. Coach Bolovich retired and Asst. Coach Johnny Torres was promoted to HC. Good move for continuity.
Volleyball: the 28-4 Jays won both the Regular Season & BET championships. #9 CU (9-seed), again hosted 1st & 2nd round games. The team won vs South Dakota, but bowed out in the 2nd round vs #22 Univ. Washington. Excellent season, but too short a stay in the tournament.
Previews, stories, and vids at goCreighton, white and blue review, Bluejay Banter, and the Omaha World Herald.
* unlabeled photos courtesy of Creighton Athletics.
“Horses Always referred to in the Bible in connection with warlike operations,
except #Isa 28:28 The war-horse is described #Job 39:19-25” – from Angelfire.
In the descriptions of the 4 horses of the Apocalypse, the white horse is the steed of conquest. A fitting description of this years Jays team. Go forth & conquer.
The general national and local media have picked our team in the bottom of the Big East (with exception to NBC, Kenpom-33rd, and the Atlantic-46th / smart cookies!). Our fanbase has generally bought into the “too young” and doom-n-gloom movements as well. Many (media and fanbase) are talking a 7th – 9th place finish and some are “hoping” for a midpack 10/8 conference slate and sneaking into the dance. Only a few of us have bucked that trend and stated that the Jays will finish top half of the conference. I say we finish 2nd in the league. I have picked Epperson as the PoY and Jefferson as Newcomer of the Year. (note: NBC By Travis HinesMay 22, 2018, 12:46 PM EST , 4th. NBC By Travis HinesOct 16, 2018, 9:00 AM EST , 9th.) I’m disappointed with Travis’ waffling.
While the bulk of the local yokels media is busy bashing the Jays slight, tangential connection to the FBI trial, looking for increased clickbait, Jon Nyatawa, our beat guy is putting out a series of good articles. His most recent is on the four Sophomores of this team, the folks we will need to ride in order for success this season. (I don’t subscribe to Omaha’s rag, so you’ll have to read it yourselves if needed.) Jon also has a new “meet the team” spread. Check it out.
As an aside, Mr. Nyatawa is a professional and puts out well readable articles and opinions. Not being from the area his stuff is generally fair, objective, and non-biased. He is quite knowledgable on the intricacies of basketball and his insights and opinions are valuable and welcomed.
Seniors Cashaw and Joseph will be valuable contributors and provide senior leadership, while Juniors Krampelj and Mintz have the most returning experience and PT. Our four Sophomores may well be the lynchpin upon which we rest the season.
Alexander, Ballock, and Epperson played significant roles and had decent playing time as backups to last season’s star players. These guys along with transfer Damien Jefferson, who learned the system while doing his mandatory sit out, will be instrumental in providing the leadership, scoring, hustle, and unselfishness in which our success lies. This quartet are smart, athletic, and team 1st guys, In making the “sophomore leap” in effectiveness, scoring, and hustle, our 4 will become the glue of the overall team. They are ready for shouldering the load for this team, as they have all worked quite hard during the offseason to get ready for their time in the spotlight. I’m excited to see the fruits of all of their labors!
…and these guys below are ready to contribute to this years success as well!
The season officially begins next Tuesday, 06Nov18, and the fellas have been workin it in practices, scrimmages, and exhibitions.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,”
Creighton has a habit of winning. The Program has consistently exceeded expectations. I expect no less this season. The team has a few cupcakes in Western Illinois, East Tennessee St, and Ohio St., as well as the field of the Caymans Classic to tune up and get ready for the grind. Time to put it together on the court, for real!
This is one of, if not the most talented, deep, and athletic teams in Creighton history! The fellas are ready to get to it. Bring on the Season! Go Big Blue…Let it Fly!
Rise n Fly Jays. Let’s ride this season to great heights and glories!