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Staccato: Recruiting Update

Grad Transfer Kelvin Jones Commits to the Jays

 

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Hard work pays off.  Diligence, persistence, and dogged determination wins the day.  The Creighton coaches have been doin’ work these last 2 months after the season ended to fill the frontcourt holes created by the departures of Sam Froling and Martin Krampelj to the pro ranks.  There efforts bore fruit on Monday when, former Idaho State graduate transfer Kelvin Jones, commited to the Hilltop.  Jones is immediately eligible to play.

https://www.omaha.com/creighton/mens-basketball/creighton-basketball-adds-idaho-state-transfer-kelvin-jones-to-fortify/article_e0f12757-d3a8-5a96-b4f6-159739c1b3fc.html

Creighton adds Idaho State grad transfer Kelvin Jones to bolster front court for next season

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According to columnist Jeff Goodman, Jones had interest from Virginia Tech, Oregon, Arkansas, Georgia, Washington State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Boise State, St. John’s, and DePaul.  Kelvin had previously visited VT.  He cancelled other planned visits and commited 1 day after visiting Creighton.

The 6-11/230lb senior is a rugged interior presence.  He averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and shot 55.3% from the field in 29 games last season with the Bengals.  IMHO Kelvin seems to have a fire burning within and still untapped potentials to his game.  Fortunately, in joining the Jays, that potential can be tapped by our coaches and our system.

Coach Huss gave me a phone call — and I can tell you right off the bat that I have never been so excited after talking to coach and hearing his spiel about the campus and their situation,” Jones said. “Right from the get go I was excited to go check it out.

Once we went to check it out it was a whole other deal seeing that place.

He followed his instincts and chose the right school to finish his collegiate career.

For my senior year I just wanted to go somewhere like Creighton where the fans are all about the team and all about winning. That’s all this final year is about.

Welcome to the Hilltop Kelvin.

 

Lok Wur update:  Lok has cut his list to 5 schools – TAMU, Oregon, Hawaii, Creighton, & Virginia Tech.

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Big thank u to all 34 college programs(juco-D1) for believing in me and offering me a scholarship. I will now put my focus on these 5 programs moving forward

2020 Ryan Kalkbrenner Update:  Ryan revisited U of Illinois after visiting Creighton.  He has an official visit to Stanford this week.  Looks as if he’s knocking down his visits for a November decision.
2020 Kiyron Powell Update:  No news as of yet.

 

 

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Stacatto: Recruiting Update

CWS (Basketball) Visitation Weekend

 

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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.

Creighton Basketball Practice Report: Summer Edition

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.

https://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/isu-basketball-assistant-coaches-let-go-kelvin-jones-and-alonzo/article_6962cb24-5c27-51c1-9aa9-33f6d85da0f6.html

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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.

Recruiting Update: Ryan Kalkbrenner

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.

https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/05/03/bosses-kiyron-powell-expands-game-expands-number-offers/3656715002/

 

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.

NCAA Basketball Recruiting: 2019 prospect Lok Wur garnering interest

https://www.onthebanks.com/2019/6/10/18659431/rutgers-basketball-offers-2019-wing-lok-wur-nebraska-steve-pikiell-big-ten-nevada-depaul-wazzu

Iowa basketball: Landing Lok Wur would cap off wacky offseason

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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So Creighton in offering has since changed their previous assessment or Wur has shown enough growth to merit the offer.  Many schools jumped in since he has become eligible, attempting to fill holes/gaps in their rosters.  Creighton too has some holes to fill.
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Courtesy: Papio South HS, Papillion, NE

Blessed and so Excited to receive an offer from Creighton University!!🔵⚪️

 

Martin Krampelj Stays in 2019 NBA Draft

Short on Bigs, the mantel is passed to Epperson.

 

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Whoa Nellie!  Just as the bloom was opening on the 2019-20 hoops season Rose, Martin Krampelj informs us he is staying in the 2019 NBA Draft to pursue his dreams of playing pro basketball.  While not shocking, as it was a 50/50 decision, and many Jays fans were advocating he do so, due to his age and injury history.  The decision has broad impact for the Jays as we were already low on bigs and now have only 2 players taller than 6-7.

Martin was a valuable player for CU, at 6-9, 235.  He came back from his 3rd ACL injury to hold down the pivot for the Jays. His stats last season were a respectable 13.5 pts, 6.9 rbds, 0.8 ast, with a 59.2 FG%, earning him All-Big East Honorable Mention..  At 24 years of age with a significant injury history, most figured it would be a 50/50 decision.  Many of our folk were of a mind that he should go, as he is healthy with a proven year behind him, and has earned his degree as well.

With this development and the earlier departure of Sam Froling to the Australian NBL, the pivot is the sole possession of junior center Jacob Epperson.  Jacob is very talented, with NBA potentials, and at 6-11, 225 is highly mobile and equipped for the task, but he too has been victim of knee and back injuries.  Jacob played in 12 games his frosh season of 2017-18, coach pulled his RS season due to Krampelj injury.  Averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 14.0 mpg. Shot 69.4% from the field (49 FGA).  Epperson missed the entire 2018-19 season due to injuries.

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Needless to say that Jacob’s rebound and recovery from injury, his fitness, and his drive to excel, will go a long way in determining the success of the 2019-20 campaign.  He has the tools.  Now can he knock off the rust and return to frosh form or better?

The other returning big is sophomore forward Chris Bishop, 6-8/205.  Chris received increased PT late in the season and was a big surprise to many with his mobility, hustle, and work around the basket.

Two bigs is not enough, especially given CU’s history of injuries to key players.  Needless to say the coaching staff has been beating the bushes for weeks, showing interest in several players.  I have faith that Coach Huss and Coach Lusk will find suitable talent to augment our returnees.  In speaking with Coach Huss a while back, he mentioned two words an old military guy like me can identify with:  Contingency Plans.

At first glance and on the surface the water appears placid and calm, but a current surges beneath outward appearances. Our coaches are working fervently.

Creighton has gained attention and preseason rankings in 8 or so of the multiple preseason polls.  Martin’s departure may make a dent in those projections, unless Huss does his recruiting magic.

Stay tuned.

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All images courtesy Creighton Athletics.

Jays OOC Schedule…to date.

2019-20 Schedule shaping up to be a monster.

 

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Creighton has received preseason rankings in several of the major media outlets.  For this article, the USAtoday poll is featured.  Jays are 21st in the USAtoday Poll.  With today’s news that the Jays will once again be taking part in the Gavit Games for 2019, the OOC schedule is shaping up.

Sources: Matchups for the 2019 Gavitt Games are set.

Villanova at Ohio State,  Michigan State at Seton Hall,   Creighton at Michigan,   Purdue at Marquette,   Providence at Northwestern,   Penn State at Georgetown,   Minnesota at Butler,   DePaul at Iowa

Creighton is still in the mix for a game in the 6th annual Veteran’s Classic in Annapolis, MD.

Here’s what we have so far for the 2019-20 campaign:

Date Opponent Time TV/Notes/Preseason ranking
2019-20
Nov. 11th
Veterans Classic, Apls, MD

vs. Auburn or UVA

TBD USAtoday Aub 24th, UVA 4th/CBS
Gavitt Games vs. B1G
(Yr 5 of 8, Game 5)

@ Michigan

TBD USAtoday 3rd/BTN/FS1
LV Invitational Home Game TBD FS1/FS2/FSN
LV Invitational Home Game TBD FS1/FS2/FSN
Nov. 28th
Las Vegas Invitational

vs. Iowa

Source USAtoday 16th/FS1
Nov. 29th
Las Vegas Invitational

vs. Texas Tech or San Diego State

University Release USAtoday TT 22nd/FS1
Dec. Nebraska TBD FS1
Dec.
Big East/Big 12 Challenge*

Oklahoma

TBD FS1
Dec. 21st @ Arizona State Source TBD

 

That’s up to 4 ranked opponents on the non-conference slate.  Strong OOC indeed.  Three neutral court and 1 true road game.  With CU’s habit of strong early starts, this schedule offers opportunities for an early season rise in the rankings, increasing viewership and respect for the team, and permanently ingraining the brand into poll voters heads.

The Oklahoma game was a previously scheduled return game of a H&H, now part of the inaugural BE/B12 Challenge.   I will update as more dates are established for this slate.

2019-20 “Way too early” Polls

  Jays in the Mix

 

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The media couldn’t wait to put out their next season predictions.  Some even posted the day of the NCAA Championship game.  Poor Virginia hadn’t yet cut down the nets.  Oh well, such is life.

I took a look at these polls and found that our Creighton Bluejays are represented in approximately half of the ones I found.  Jays are listed in the major polls except Sporting News.  Here’s the list.

 

NBC                       19th

USA Today         21st

Stadium               22nd

CBS                        23rd

ESPN                     24th

SI                            27th

TheAthletic         38th  (late entry)

Jays not ranked by Fox, Sporting News, 247, Yahoo, Busting Brackets, and SB Nation.

Creighton’s rankings are based predominantly on their returning all five starters and retaining a strong supporting cast.  Average of rankings:  23rd  (22.8).  The Athletic (Seth Davis) only has Nova in his top 25.  He also rated the Jays 4th in their BE Power Rankings, behind Nova, Seton Hall, and Xavier.

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The Jays recruiting class consists of transfer guard/sf Denzel Mahoney (who sat out last season) and guards Shereef Mitchell and Jalen Windham.  SF Antwann Jones will sit out this season.

 

2019-20 has the makings of a promising season of hoops on the Hilltop.  Stay tuned.

 

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  • all images courtesy of Creighton Athletics.

Staccato: Spring Recruiting – Signing Period

Bluejays Spring Recruiting Class

 

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Busy 2 weeks on the Hilltop after months of virtual silence.  Visits galore by guards and one by Tristan Enaruna.  PG Bryce Moore stopped in on the 13th-14th.  SGs Jalen Windham and Antwann Jones visited on the 22nd-23rd and 25th respectively.  Enaruna dropped by on the 26th-27th.

Moore is a graduate transfer from W. Michigan U.  Windham is a incoming frosh from Indianapolis, IN.  Jones is a sit 1, play 3 transfer from Memphis U.  Enaruna is a Fwd frosh from the Netherlands/Wasatch Academy, UT.

Moore (Grad Trans) decided on Xavier U. 2 days after visiting.

Jalen Windham, 6-5/170 SG Fr chose Creighton 1 day after visiting.

Antwann Jones, 6-6/215 SG/SF (Sit 1) selected Creighton during his visit.

Tristan Enaruna, 6-9/215 Fwd Fr verballed to Kansas 3 weeks after visit.

 

 

These gentlemen join fall signee PG Shereef Mitchell to make up an decent 2019 Class.

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Missing on Enaruna is big!  Beating the bushes is now mandatory in hopes of finding a Juco, Grad Transfer, of extremely late bloomer, to augment this miss.

With Martin Krampelj in the 2019 NBA draft and undecided as to whether he may go pro in Europe, there is still some uncertainty in the Bluejay 2019-20 camp.  It would be wise to continue to scour the landscape for another Grad Transfer or Juco center/power fwd, just in case.   There is a slim chance the the basketball gods may grant a miracle…if Sean Miller gets canned at Arizona…Zeke Nnaji may come back on the market.

 

See the regular sites: Omaha.com, WhiteandBlueReview.com, Bluejaybanter.com and goCreighton.com for stories and followups on these signings.

 

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Spring Recruiting Period

Spring Recruiting Period – more

 

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Jeff Goodman’s transfer link…  https://watchstadium.com/news/comprehensive-list-of-college-basketball-players-transferring-12-29-2018/

 

As per normal the transfer list is large.  Here are a few more transfers with Creighton interest/potential interest.

Regular sit 1 Transfers – more

Matej Kavas 6-10/200 GD, Slovenia/Seattle U  From Jeff Borzello.  In 17-18 he averaged 15.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and shot 46.4% on 5.9 3s/game. 54% of his shots were from behind the arc.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hERpFr1rWjY  From Krampelj’s hometown in Slovenia  https://www.rotowire.com/cbasketball/player.php?id=9631

Louisiana Tech soph forward Anthony Duruji, 6-7/215, Germantown, MD, is transferring, source told ESPN. 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds. Skilled, athletic.   From Jeff Borzello.  https://latechsports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2888

PG Jared Bynum, 5-10/170 Largo, MD.  St Joes U. Sit 1 play 3. Mo Watson size. Stats very identical to Mo’s first season at Boston U. Worth a look. 2018-19 SEASON STATS PTS11.3, REB3.6, AST4.5, FG%41.6.  From Helmzy/BJU.  Interest???  http://www.sjuhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31200&ATCLID=211719345

 

Postby hilltopalum » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:23 pm

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.