Bluejay seniors pose with coach Eddie Sutton on October 12, 1973. Top Row, from left: Gene Harmon, Ted Wuebben, Ralph Bobik. Bottom row, from left: Jim “Bimbo” Pietro, Richie Smith and Sutton. PHIL JOHNSON/THE WORLD-HERALD Creighton University basketball. October 12, 1973
Coach Sutton followed a Creighton Legend, the late great, Coach John J. “Red” McManus, as the 10th Head Basketball Coach in the Jays lineage. Eddie Sutton, in his first Div 1 assignment, coached Creighton Basketball for five seasons from 1969 to 1974. Coach tallied the following record during his 5 year span on the Hilltop: 82-50 (.621) and one NCAA Tournament in 1974. His 1974 NCAA Tourney team is the last CU squad to play against Kansas, losing 54-55 in the Midwest Regional.
“The only time I had been back was when I brought my team here to play,” said the 77-year-old Sutton, a member of basketball’s Hall of Fame. “I had a marvelous five years here. One of the things I enjoyed was that as the host school for the College World Series, I got to see every inning of every game.
“I’ve always been a big baseball fan, and that event just keeps on growing.”
The same could be said about Creighton, Sutton said. He said he took time Tuesday to tour the campus, and its growth astounded him.
“I’m so pleased that it’s grown like it has,” Sutton said. “We were talking today, and I think we’re all pleased to see how this program has developed.”
Creighton again honored Coach Sutton during the 2016 season.
Coach Sutton was inducted into CU’s athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He’s also a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (class of 2011). He is a member of this year’s Naismith Hall of Fame (Class of 2020).
Evan Daniels and his 247 crew evidently think very highly of Mr. Andronikashvili.
247Sports evaluated Andronikashvili in the FIBA u18 Division B European Championships in Skopje, Macedonia in 2018 and at the same event in Oradea, Romania in 2019. Andronikashvili averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the 2019 event.
The 247Sports policy on international prospects is to hold off on ranking them until they make their college destination.
Now that Andronikashvili has signed with Creighton, he’s been graded as a 95 and ranks as the No. 64 overall prospect and No. 13 point guard in the 2020 recruiting class.
This gives Creighton its second top 100 recruit in the 2020 class, joining Ryan Kalkbrenner, who ranks No. 91 overall. The Bluejays also hold a commitment from Lithuanian forward Modestas Kancleris. Kancleris has been evaluated by 247Sports as a three-star prospect.
The updated ratings of Andronikashvili and Kancleris move Creighton’s recruiting class up to No. 24 overall and No. 3 in the Big East Conference.
The two Euro recruits give a surprising boost to this Creighton class. Jays have 5 recruits overall in this class. In addition to the 3 above Creighton has picked up sit 1 transfer SF Alex O’Connell (Duke) and preferred walk-on SG Sami Osmani (Oak Lawn, IL). Sami O
In case you missed it. Sami is my favorite and I have high expectations of his performance on the Hilltop.
Rati and Ryan make this Bluejay 2020 Class the best in the modern era. The best since current rankings systems have been devised and used. 247 rankings below.
Mac lands another Euro Recruit in PG/CG Rati Andronikashvili!
Rati is a 6-5/190 combo guard from Tbilisi, Georgia. He has extensive FIBA level experience.
Creighton picked up one of the top international prospects headed to college on Thursday when Rati Andronikashvili pledged to the Bluejays.
This was a big pickup for Creighton as Andronikashvili – who will be graded as a four-star prospect when 247Sports ranks him nationally in the 2020 class – gives the Bluejays one of the top point guards entering college next season.
The Tbilisi, Georgia-born Andronikashvili, 19, is considered one of the top European prospects in the 2020 class committing to the college route. He has represented his national team in every age group (under-16, U18, U20) and even played rotation minutes in February for the senior national team in the FIBA qualifying window, which is rare for someone his age.
Jays win the Lotto, draw KU in BE vs Big12 Challenge.
Some of us have looked forward to this game for Decades.
I’ve been a Bluejay since 1975 and waited for this from day 1. Omaha to Lawrence, KS is 162.30 miles as the Bluejay flies, 206.75 miles by car. Hell, the Pope, in his wildest dreams, couldn’t get 0l’ Roy or his successor – Wild Bill – to schedule a regular season game with Lil’ Creighton. Thanks Big East.
Gotta check the old record book to see the last time these 2 teams met. The All-Time series is 15 games, KU leads 9-6.
The last Jays win over KU was in the 1949-50 season, a 59-55 win in Omaha. The final H&H was 1950-51/1951-52. Jays lost in Lawrence on 4 December 50, KU 51-35. and on 10 December 51 (Omaha), a 65-47 KU win. These games were Duce Belford vs Phog Allen. Duce went 1-3 vs KU during his 6 year tenure on the Hilltop. And finally, the last regular season matchup was Ted Owens vs Red McManus. A 78-65 KU win in Lawrence on 12 December 68 (Sunflower Classic), Reds’ final season.
Last meeting was in the 1973-74 NCAA Midwest regional (Tulsa), a 55-54 KU win. Owens over Sutton. Yup, 45 years…just a wee bit overdue for another game.
Jays vs KU, by Era…
*Art Schabinger – 1922-1935 (165-66, .714) – posted a 2-3 record vs Allen and KU.
*Eddie Hickey – 1935-43 & 1946-47 (126-71, .640) – posted a 3-1 rec. vs Allen and KU.
*Duce Belford – 1945-46, 1947-52 (56-83, .403) – posted a 1-3 record vs Allen and KU.
*John J. “Red” McManus – 1959-69 (138-118, .539) – posted an 0-1 rec. vs Owens & KU.
*Eddie Sutton – 1969-74 (82-50, .621) – posted an 0-1 record vs Owens and KU.
Should be a fun matchup…and a good challenge for next season’s Bluejay team, as the Jayhawks don’t often lose at home.
Spring time. Trees have budded, and the cherry trees are already in blossom. Springtime…time for love. Time for fresh plans. Time to recruit freshman and transfers.
I can’t remember a recent turnover more significant than this years’. Heading out the door are significant players with remaining eligibility. Davion Mintz, Jalen Windham, and Ty-Shon Alexander. Kelvin Jones also leaves after depleting his college eligibility. This Creighton team is deep, so these departures do not deplete the squad, but definitely put a damper on the current prognostications.
The Jays finished the season #7 Nationally and the great percentage of preseason posts for 2020-21 had Creighton in the Top 5 to begin next season. Would have been a record for CU to be a preseason Top 10 team.
There has been much previous speculation as to whether Davion would leave. Many seemingly were encouraging such a move as they speculated that Davion would see little, if any, playing time as the team is currently configured. Most assumed he would return to North Carolina and commit to either a low-end ACC team or a regional mid-major. Mintz confirmed said rumors by announcing that he was graduate transferring on 03Apr20. He quickly committed to Kentucky on 10 Apr20 after their offer.
Frosh Jalen Windham followed suit by announcing shortly thereafter. He committed to Ball State University in his home state of Indiana.
Welcome home, @Gohamjdub! Thrilled to have former Ben Davis sharpshooter Jalen Windham in the fold. The 2019 Indiana All-Star spent his freshman year with the No. 7 team in the country. Now he’ll be filling up buckets in Worthen Arena! #ChirpChirp | #WeFly
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Here’s the surprise. Ty-Shon Alexander, the teams’ leading player, announces on 10APR20 that he is going to the NBA Draft. Potentially intends to stay in the draft. Some had expected him (and others) to “test the waters” of the draft, but return for his senior season. With the team expected to be a Top 10 team…it was a no-brainer. Surprise!
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𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐍𝐁𝐀 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 Ty-Shon Alexander has declared for the NBA Draft
I am happy for all 3 of our guys. Davion and Jalen were not projected by the Bluejay faithful pundits, to see much, if any playing time this coming season. They transferred so they can get a shot at another school. Good for them. Ty has the opportunity to return, should he so desire, as he has not yet signed an agent. He’s old at 21 (22 this summer). Perhaps he and his family are thinking now or never? The 2021 NBA Draft will be full of 17-18 y/o’s with potential.
We went from being deep to short at the SG in a week. I am not concerned as the team brings back a wealth of talent. Add in the return to health of Jacob Epperson, the addition of Antwann Jones, Ryan Kalkbrenner, Sami Osmani, and sit out transfer Alex O’Connell. Osmani has size (6-5), deceptive athleticism, and is a shooter. I expect him to earn a scholie. Creighton will be fine.
Furthermore, the Jays now have 3 scholarships available. They are all in on 2020 SG Kerwin Walton and several transfer players. It is also noted that we are in great shape on 2021 recruits such as Top 30 SG Hunter Sallis (Omaha), PG Tamar Bates (KCMO), and several others.
It should be noted that Creighton will drop a bit in the preseason polls. NBC’s ol’ Rob Dauster jumped the gun and dropped the Jays from 4th to 19th in one fell swoop! He’s a wuss anyways, so who gives a rat’s behind what Dauster thinks.