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Staccato: Creighton President’s Statement on Men’s Basketball

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Jays Mention in Adidas Trial

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In New York the 1st of several criminal trials involving shoe companies funneling money to college recruits, players, & families opened this week.  Defendants are Adidas executive James Gatto, Adidas consulant Merl Code, and former ASM associate/aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins.

 

A few days ago (Oct 04, 2018) Brian Bowen Sr., Tugs’ dad, testified in NY court that Creighton was one of several schools that had offered money for Brian II (Tugs) to enroll and play basketball.  Bowen Sr also testified that he was informed of all of these offers by aspiring agent Christopher Dawkins (a former ASM “runner”- associate agent).  Dawkins was fired at ASM last spring and was handling all of the contacts and negotiations for Tugs recruitment.  The Bowens’ ultimately accepted a U of Louisville offer and Bowen II enrolled in the summer of 2017.

All of the offeree universities may be at risk of both federal and NCAA trouble if these alleged offers are proven.  There’s also the fact that the other allegations of actual completed payments are from Louisville, Kansas, NC State, among others.

According to NCAA rule 13.2.1, simply offering money, jobs or other inducements is an NCAA violation even if money doesn’t change hands. “An institution’s staff member or any representative of its athletics interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits.”

The Hilltop has put out a series of statements…of their internal audits and finding no wrongdoings.  AD Rasmussen has also stated cooperation with any info requests.  Both the AD and Coach Mac deny any wrongdoing and spoke towards the programs values.

“Integrity is one of the guiding principles of coach Greg McDermott’s men’s basketball program, and the university is committed to upholding those values.”

To date, the Creighton University Athletics compliance office has not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA.

Tim Krueger – From the Wizard of Oz we all remember the line “Toto we aren’t in Kansas anymore.” Well Jays’ fans, we aren’t in the Valley any more.  And of course while none of us want rule breaking or scandal, it does show that our recruiting has moved to a new level.

As Dan Wetzel said, “Creighton is now playing with the big boys.”

HDMD (Creighton fan) pointed out on one of the Creighton boards that some of the faithful (paraphrase) “are okay with this.  Possibly more than we would think.”

“IMO the Jays are a clean program and I seriously doubt that they would make an offer such as this.  It goes against everything we do as a program.” – James Harvey /gtmoBlue

 

As the trial is ongoing, with this one and 2 future trials, we shall do periodic updates on the proceedings.

 

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Staccato: Jays Futbol Movin’ Up.

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Mens Soccer is off to a good start this season.  The Jays moved up to #8 in the USSC Poll with their wins over Jacksonville and Seton Hall.

Up next:  Tonite  – #5 Denver at home in Morrison Stadium (Omaha).

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/2/mens-soccer-sits-at-no-8-in-united-soccer-coaches-poll.aspx

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/1/-9-mens-soccer-hosts-4-denver-for-top-10-matchup-at-morrison-stadium-on-tuesday-night.aspx

 

Swen Koenig is BE PoW – Oct 1, 2018

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https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/9/30/mens-soccer-sven-koenig-named-big-east-player-of-the-week-after-three-goal-week.aspx?path=msoc

 

 

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Creighton Volleyball remains #10 in Polls.  Kloth and Winters named to Senior Class Award list.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/1/volleyball-kloth-winters-named-to-senior-class-award-candidate-list.aspx

The Bluejays will host Seton Hall (5-13, 0-5 BIG EAST) on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.in the program’s annual Pink Out.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, Creighton hosts St. John’s (15-6, 4-2 BIG EAST) in a 1 p.m. match.
Both contests will take place at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.

 

 

*unlabeled photos courtesy of Creighton Athletics.

**Creighton Difference courtesy of Creighton University

Bluenotes Short Riff – 29 Sep 2018

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Time for another Short Riff…lots of bits and pieces to share.

The Big East published it’s regular season schedule on Thursday, 13 Sept 2018.

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2018-19 Men’s Hoops Schedule:

https://gocreighton.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbb

Men’s and Women’s Hoops have begun formal practices.  WBR has a Practice thread and links to their observations.

https://gocreighton.com/index.aspx?path=mbb

http://www.bluejayunderground.com/viewforum.php?f=8&sid=4929889631c42117a33a9ba72e34a079

http://whiteandbluereview.com/creighton-bluejays-basketball-practice-report-9-27-18/

Jays Volleyball – VB is still ranked 10th in the nation and just defeated Butler (again) for their initial conference road win.  Big-East-road-opener

OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton senior outside hitter Taryn Kloth has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/9/24/volleyballs-taryn-kloth-named-big-east-offensive-player-of-the-week.aspx

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Men’s Futbol (Soccer) ranked #9 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll.

https://gocreighton.com/index.aspx?path=msoc&

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/9/27/mens-soccer-squares-off-against-seton-hall-for-saturdays-first-responders-night.aspx

Tonight is 1st Responders Night at Morrison Stadium.  Jays face Seton Hall.

Scouting #9 Creighton (6-1-1, 2-0-0 BE)
The Bluejays enter Tuesday’s match on a five-match winning streak, which includes three shutouts. Creighton is 6-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 during BIG EAST play.

The Bluejays opened league play with consecutive shutouts (Butler and Villanova) for the first time since 2013.

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Big East Goalkeeper of the Week is CU’s Paul Kruse (2nd Award)

Hoops – Practice has begun!!  Of all the major media outlets only NBC has the Jays in the top tier of the BEast (3rd).  Lindy’s, Street&Smiths, Athlon, all join Blue Ribbon and the others in pegging the Jays in the Bottom 4 of the conference.  Boy, are they all in for a shock.

Most had the Jays in a similar spot last season and we finished 3rd (tie).  As per my August 15th predictions I see the Jays a strong 2nd in the BEast, about 25-6 on the regular season.  We have the BE level talent and size, 4 upperclassmen, good experience level, a stellar incoming class, and excellent coaching.  Jays reload.

Recruiting:

2019 – Minnesota’s 2019 PF Zeke Nnaji visited CU last week.  247’s # 30 player.
The Bluebloods are on Zeke like white on rice, but the kid and family are very cool.  Taking everything in stride.  Jays had an in-home on the 27th Sep and are in constant contact.  Zeke likes our staff.  Staying the course.
Creighton visited with 2019 SG Zach Harvey, 247’s #50/Rivals #43 player.
Unfortunately the Harvey family has re-opened Zach’s recruitment.  Cancelled all 3 planned official visits.  Reclassifying to 2020 to see if Bluebloods will rekindle interest.  Jays will stay the course with Zach.  I believe he will still commit in 2019.

 

2019 – 06Sep18  Creighton offered 2019 combo guard Harlond Beverly. 4-star, #73.
2019 – 12Sep18  Combo Fwd Tristan Enaruna, 6-8/205 Netherlands/Wasatch Academy, Utah.  Jays in late on him.  A developmental project…raw with upside.

 

2020Creighton had an in-home visit on the 25th Sep with Minnesota’s Top 100 PF Ben Carlson. Carlson had visited the Hilltop in Mid August, with OWH story –
2020 –  Creighton has offered 2020 6’5 SG Kerwin Walton from Hopkins HS/D1 Minnesota.  In-home visit on 27 Sep 18.
2020 –  Creighton visited St Louis 4-star, #40 Caleb Love on 20 Sep 18.  Love is a top PG in the 2020 class.
2020 –  Creighton hosted 2020 Quad-Cities, IL. SG Isaiah Rivera for an unofficial visit on September 2nd.
2020 –  Creighton offers throwback 2020 SG Luke Kasubke of St Louis, MO.

 

2021 –  Omaha’s PG extraordinaire, Chucky Hepburn, 6-1/175 did an unofficial visit to the Hilltop on Sep 17th 2018.  He’s from Bellevue West, the home of CU PG’s  (Antoine Young and Josh Dotzler)  Creighton lean.  https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2021/chucky-hepburn-216242  chucky-hepburn  No Jays offer yet, but it’s early, as he is going into his Sophomore season in HS.

2021 – CU has offered Adama Sanogo 6’9″ PF per twitter. Go Jays!  Mali by way of NYC.   https://www.cityofbasketballlove.com/ne … how/867954

Adama Sanogo (2021/Our Savior New American, N.Y.)
There’s already been quite a bit of buzz about this freshman big man, and Sanogo increasingly showed why as the OSNA/Neumann-Goretti game wore on. The athletic, mobile, 6-foot-8 center competed on both ends from the get-go, though 12 of his 16 points came in the second half as OSNA built a lead it couldn’t sustain.

Sanogo got most of his production off put-backs, but not of the easy tip-in variety; there were several where he had to put the ball on the floor, and he also displayed terrific body control and touch in mid-air on several finishes.

Then, in the fourth quarter, he mixed in a surprising behind-the-back pass to a teammate for an assist, and also came up with a pair of blocks. If he continues to grow, or adds a face-up game, look out.

No relation to Ish Sanogo (Seton Hall), who was from Ivory Coast by way of NJ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woj95ZzlOXg

 

Late Entry:  2021 Matthew Mors took his 2nd unofficial visit to Creighton today (Sunday, 30Sep18). The Bluejays were the first Division I school to offer Mors a scholarship. Mors is a 6-7/218 Combo Fwd.

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Leftovers: 12Sep18  Rivals.com articlehttps://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/wednesday-s-leftovers-dishing-on-oklahoma-state-creighton-more  “Mitchell and the top-50 guard (Harvey) are my two bets in making up Creighton’s 2019 class this fall.”  This was the ‘kiss of death’ to the Harvey recruitment.   :lol

Creighton has 10 open offers for 2019, including the four mentioned above.  We have 2 rides to give.  Asked around the local boards as to who else the coaches were focusing on, but no leaks nor hints.  Coaches being very tight-lipped after the situation with Zach.

IMHO I think they are looking intently for copies of Nnaji & Harvey (a PF/C and big wing) just in case.  So in addition to Enaruna and Beverly above, think bigs Tre Mitchell (C) #93.  IMO bigs Trayce Jackson-Davis (F) #18 and Akok Akok (F) #35 are out-of-reach.  As for Big Wings it’s SF Terry Armstrong (SF) #62, Emanuel Miller (SF) #104, and combo guard Sedrick Hammond (Combo G).

Late Entry01Oct18  2019’s – Both PF Zeke Nnaji and SF Terry Armstrong have cut their lists of prospective schools.  CU didn’t make the cuts.  Movin’ on.

 

New Uni’s:  New Home uni’s were revealed 2 weeks ago.  No word yet on changes to the roadies OR on the new alt uni that CU is eligible for from Nike.  The new uni’s are an scheduled Nike upgrade for the Jays.

I can hear it.  I can smell it.  I can see it.  Can you feel it?  College hoops is just around the corner!

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*Untitled photos courtesy of Creighton Athletics

**Irene Cara via Youtube…

***Creighton Difference courtesy of Creighton University  (SG Jordan Scurry in background)

 

 

Staccato: “Bible” Prophecy…Jays

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The Blue Ribbon has picked the Bluejays 9th in the Big East this season.  However, there seems to be a disconnect between their conference standing picks and their subsequent analysis?  The overall writeup is good and fair.  The analysis is one of a team who is a contender for a conference crown, not a bottom-feeder.

I think it is fair to surmise that a panel did the various conference rankings and positioning of teams within their conference standings.  The individual analyst who broke down each team seems more objective with their findings.

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Got my Blue Ribbon digital copy today.

The “bible” has the Jays 9th in the Big East…BUT…their analysis figures our guys to be much higher than predicted.

Blue Ribbon Analysis (copy)

Backcourt B   Bench-Depth C
Frontcourt B+   Intangibles B

The Bluejays finished 3rd in the Big East last season, five games out of 1st. McDermott has another team poised to make the NCAA tournament, but the Bluejays are young, by their standards.

The season could depend mostly on the development of young players and whether Cashaw or another guard can develop as an efficient, high-volume scorer. –James Kellerman

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Seems as though no major prognosticator values balanced team scoring…everyone seems to value a “star” player? Oh well.

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Staccato: Blue Ribbon Pre-season Poll

The “Bible’s” Pre-season Top 25

 

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The 2018-19 Blue Ribbon Pre-season Top 25 is out.  The BR is known as the “Bible of College Basketball” by many.  Only one Big East team in it, Villanova @ #21.

https://blueribbonyearbook.com/blogs/news/blue-ribbon-college-basketball-yearbook-releases-preseason-top-25

BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK PRESEASON TOP 25

 

  1. Kentucky
  2. Kansas
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Duke
  5. Tennessee
  6. Nevada
  7. Virginia
  8. Auburn
  9. Oregon
  10. Michigan State
  11. Mississippi State
  12. North Carolina
  13. Kansas State
  14. UCLA
  15. Florida State
  16. West Virginia
  17. Clemson
  18. LSU
  19. Purdue
  20. Florida
  21. Villanova
  22. Syracuse
  23. Michigan
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. TCU

 

 

By my estimation Villanova will fall out of the poll(s) by the week of 26Nov18, to be replaced by Creighton, Providence, and or Butler.

Nova looks to lose v Michigan at home, at least 1 at Disney, 22-25 November (Advocare Invitational), and later @ KU. They won’t stay ranked long.

Jays with W’s over The OSU and then Clemson in the Cayman’s Classic should be ranked by the week of 26 November 18. The W over the Zags will boost our rankings.

Prov needs to win over Wichita St. in the Vet’s Classic and win the HoF Tipoff, 17-18 November, to get ranked.

Butler needs to win the Battle for Atlantis, 21-23 November 18, and beat Indiana in the Crossroads Classic on December 15th to get ranked.  Beat Florida on 29 December to stay ranked.

 

Providence, Creighton, and Butler are my picks, in order, for the Big East top tier this season.

 

– Jim Harvey  (gtmoBlue)

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Preseason Spotlight – 🏀 ’17-’18 (19 Games) 📈 – 11.9 PPG, 8.1 REB, 67.1 FG%

Bluenotes Short Riff – 12 Sept 2018

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The 2018-19 College Basketball practice sessions begin in 13  days, with the season set to begin on November 6th.  Yes!

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The Big East will publish it’s regular season schedule on Thursday, 13 Sept 2018.

Sources: The Big East will release its conference schedule for the 2018-19 college basketball season on Thursday.

2018-19 Men’s Hoops Schedule:  https://gocreighton.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbb

Jays Volleyball has moved up to the Top 10 in the nation, in the AVCA Poll!  Jaali Winters named BE PoW.  Both WBR and the OWH links below:

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http://whiteandbluereview.com/14-blueja … lones-3-1/

https://www.omaha.com/creighton/volleyball/creighton-volleyball-s-depth-just-as-key-to-success-as/article_0b9b4828-e0cc-526a-ad72-6751003351e8.html

http://whiteandbluereview.com/annika-we … ita-state/

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/volleybal … ca-coaches

Men’s Futbol (Soccer) ranked #25 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll.

https://www.omaha.com/creighton/blog/creighton-men-s-soccer-lands-at-no-in-first-regular/article_254cf5a4-7f93-59ac-9d08-207945bf32be.html

https://www.omaha.com/creighton/blog/creighton-men-s-soccer-lands-at-no-in-latest-poll/article_127464d4-14ee-5190-957c-38b2d67b37e8.html

Memphis recap – http://whiteandbluereview.com/haakenson … cond-half/

 

 

Big East PoW’s are CU’s Akeem Ward and Paul Kruse
https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/9/10/ … onors.aspx

 

Hoops – Practice begins in 12 days!

Recruiting:

2019 – Minnesota’s 2019 PF Zeke Nnaji visited CU last week.  247’s # 30 player.
Creighton visited with 2019 SG Zach Harvey, 247’s #50/Rivals #43 player.
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2019 – 12Sep18, Late Entry (LE)  Combo Fwd Tristan Enaruna, 6-8/205 Netherlands/Wasatch Academy, Utah.  Jays in late on him.  A developmental project…raw with upside.
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Minnesota’s 2020, Top 100 PF Ben Carlson visited the Hilltop in Mid August, with OWH story –
2021 –  Creighton has offered (August) another local recruit in SG/SF Hunter Sallis from Millard North.  Sallis has entered the 247.com Top 150, along with a couple other locals.  He’s a 6-5/160 15 y/o.  http://www.hudl.com/profile/10436545/Hunter-Sallis

LE: 12Sep18  Rivals.com articlehttps://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/wednesday-s-leftovers-dishing-on-oklahoma-state-creighton-more  “Mitchell and the top-50 guard (Harvey) are my two bets in making up Creighton’s 2019 class this fall.”

New Uni’s:  New Home uni’s were revealed last week.  No word yet on changes to the roadies OR on the new alt uni that CU is eligible for from Nike.  The new uni’s are an scheduled upgrade for the Jays.

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I can hear it.  I can smell it.  I can see it.  Can you feel it?  College hoops is just around the corner!

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*Untitled photos courtesy of Creighton Athletics

**Irene Cara courtesy of YouTube

***Creighton Difference courtesy of Creighton University