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Bluenotes Short Riff – Halloween Edition

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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.

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

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

Secret scrimmage vs Minnesota – Lost 1st half, won 2nd half and extra period.

Exh. Game:  Dusted D2 Winona St. 101-57, Froling and Ty-Shon starred.   http://gocreighton.com

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Jays Volleyball – VB Finally moved up to #9 after seven weeks at 10th in the nation.  20-4 on the season.  BE is weak and CU has a middling RPI.  Folks sweating on BJU about running the table and hosting a NCAA session.  See goCreighton and BJU for more.  Win both this week and the Jays take the top seed in the BET.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/31/-9-volleyball-makes-final-road-trip-of-regular-season-to-take-on-red-storm-pirates.aspx?path=wvb

Jaali Winters earns 2nd BE Offensive PoW.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/29/volleyball-jaali-winters-earns-big-east-offensive-player-of-the-week.aspx

Men’s Futbol (Soccer) ranked #12 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll.  BE Champs!

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

Jays riding a roller coaster in the polls.  Fell from #8 to #19, now back up to #14.  Jays clinch BE regular season championship at DePaul.  At 11-3-2, Jays clinch #1 Seed, home field advantage in the upcoming BET.

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/27/-19-mens-soccer-clinches-big-east-regular-season-crown-with-2-1-victory-at-depaul.aspx?path=msoc

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Big East Offensive PoW is Joel Rydstrand…

https://gocreighton.com/news/2018/10/29/mens-soccer-joel-rydstrand-earns-big-east-offensive-player-of-the-week-honor.aspx?path=msoc

Season finale and Senior Night is Wednesday vs Georgetown…

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.  The BE Coaches also pegged the Jays 9th.  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.

Ty-Shon had 17, Mintz 12, and 4 others in dbl figures in the exhibition game last Saturday.  Sam Froling had another good showing and STARTED the game.

Recruiting:  Getting ready for the season…alls quiet on the recruiting front.

2019 – 12Sep18  Combo Fwd Tristan Enaruna, 6-8/205 Netherlands/Wasatch Academy, Utah.  Jays in late on him.  A developmental project…raw with upside.
2019 – 04Oct18  Brandon Rachal – One time Jays recruit ended up at LSU but left for JUCO this year. He’s a talented 6-5 guard/wing who is comfortable handling the ball and is a veracious rebounder as well. Seton Hall recently offered. Averaged 4.4 ppg – 3.3 rpg – 0.7 apg last year as a freshman for LSU.  Interest, yes.  Offer, Unk.

 

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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

2021 – 2021 G Kendall Brown (offered)

Postby drbluejay » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:51 am

Kendall is a 2021 6′-6″ recruit from Minnesota that plays PG and has been labeled as a PG, SG and SF by different scouting services.
He’s rated as a 5* recruit and I read he was scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Creighton on Oct. 19th.
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Leftovers:   Creighton has 10 open offers for 2019, with 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.  As for Wings it’s combo guard Sedrick Hammond (Combo G) or an as of yet unknown recruit.

FBI Trial:  ESPN and Dickie V. late to the party; mention of Arizona and Creighton phonecons, looking for clickbait.  Omaha World Herald getting on the clickbait train as well.  Don’t know or care about UA, but Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports (plus his associate Dawkins) represented Justin Patton at the time.  Calls went up to NBA Draft day, then stopped.   No smoke here.

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Colin Powell last night “we have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies, and on things that just aren’t true.” Make certain that you have the entire story from all sides before you draw conclusions.

 

Misc:  Top 3 pt shooting schools – this century.

 

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

 

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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)

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Staccato: Zeke n Zach Show Cancelled

But Reef puts on a performance…Solo!

 

Creighton targets Zeke and Zach made other plans.  Nnaji narrowed his list to elites only and Harvey re-opened his recruitment and reclassed to 2020.  With that the Jays Nation expectations nosedived.  We are in a lull before the fall signing period and things are exceedingly quiet.

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Fortunately the Jays did have 1 commit (2 open scholies) in 2019 PG Shereef Mitchell.  Reef is an local Omaha area Top 150 product and I expect his stock will continue to rise over the course of this season.  He’s a very good athlete, smart, and may still be growing.  It’s still early and anything can happen.  However, If we only get 1 commit for 2019 that will be more than enough.  Shereef Mitchell has starpower, talent, and is a very tough, hardnosed player.  A class of one?  More than enough for this Creightonian!

Just saw this on his twitter feed…Reef Mitchell sportin’ the new Jays home uni… and his Mom sporting the new road jersey as well.  Nice…  Enjoy!

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Shereef photos courtesy: Creighton Athletics

 

Excellent player.  Photogenic, with an infectious smile.  Way to go Reef!   Lookin’ good in that Creighton uni!  The 2019 Class is in great hands.

 

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Creighton Basketball Pros

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There was a recent Bluejay Underground post on Creighton’s professional players.  The vast majority of the attention is showered on the NBA Pros, Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver, and Doug McDermott…and rightfully so as the NBA garners the most attention.  New NBAer’s Justin Patton and Khyri Thomas get a bit of attention as well.

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What is surprising is how many former Jays are doing well playing professionally overseas.  Several players have made good careers with teams/longevity in Europe and Asia.  Of the older new generation, Bob Harstad, DeAnthony Bowden, Nerijus Karlikanovas, & Livan Pyfrom for example, have done exceedingly well overseas with long careers and accomplishments.  Even Rodzilla, Rodney Buford, despite a checkered professional history, put together a 14 year career.  That being said, he should have played much longer in the NBA.  Some have followed Gregory Echenique since he played in Europe, South America, the Olympics, and now Japan.  Some have recently followed Justin Carter, especially since his NBA tryout a few years ago, now in Dubai.

 

 

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These gentlemen named above do Creighton proud as they not only developed into good professionals, but continue to be fine ambassadors for the university.  Bob Harstad after a 10 year overseas career, returned to become a local stalwart of Creighton and was inducted into the Creighton and MVC HOFs.  DeAnthony Bowen after an 11 year career recently returned to complete his Creighton degree.  Several former players have matriculated into the coaching profession.  Several (40-50) players and personnel also returned to the Hilltop this year for the HOF weekend for Coach Altman and Kyle Korver.  The bonds which were built and developed for Creighton and for each other are still strong.  It warms my heart to know these guys still love and connect with each other.

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Another bright surprise is the fact that Dane Watts has performed well over the last decade.  That he has pieced together a nice 11 year run professionally that would surprise most Creighton fans.  Dane was always a good player and a fan favorite, but few would have guessed he would have this kind of longevity professionally.  Justin Carter and Kenny Lawson are having stalwart careers as well, with Justin at 8 years and Kenny at 7 years thus far.  The talent displayed at CU was evidently greater than many of the CU faithful gave credit for.

Below is a snippet of the Creighton listing on US Basket.com

USbasket.com;  https://basketball.usbasket.com/team/BEC/Creighton-University/500?Page=4

Creighton Pro Players
https://basketball.usbasket.com/team/BEC/Creighton-university/500?Page4
Name Hgt Pos Age last Tm Grad Yrs
Korver, K 201 G/F 37 Cleveland, NBA 2003 15
Tolliver, A 203 F/C 33 Minnesota, NBA 2007 11
*Watts, D 203 F 32 Oettinger R, GERM 2007 11
Carter, J 193 G/F 31 Ahli Shabab, UAE 2010 8
Lawson, K 207 C 30 Unieuro Forli, ITAL 2011 7
Echenique, G 206 C 27 Shimane SM, JPN 2013 5
Manigat, J 186 G/F 27 DEAC, Hungary 2014 4
McDermott, D 203 F 26 Indiana, NBA 2014 4
Artino, W 211 F/C 26 Formosa D, TAIW 2015 3
*Chatman, A 183 G 25 Swiss Cent., SWTZ 2015 3
*Brooks, D 186 G 26 Charlotte, G Leag 2015 3
Grosselle, J 212 C 25 Astana, KAZAK 2016 2
Milliken, J 191 G 25 TSU Hyundai, GEO 2016 2
Watson, M 178 G 25 Leiden, HOLL 2017 0
Zierden, I 188 G 25 Terceira, PORT 2017 1
*Huff, C 203 F 24 Grnsboro,G Leag 2017 1
Patton, J 216 C 21 Minnesota, NBA 2017 1
Foster, M 190 G 23 DB Promy, SKOR 2018 0
Thomas, K 190 G 22 Detroit, NBA 2018 0
Roberts, Eric 193 G 23 Tochigi Brex, JPN 2018 0

 

*Persons with an asterisk played in 2017-2018 and it is not certain if they will be playing in the 2018-2019 seasons.

Eric Roberts is on this list, but I have no idea who he is.  He was not a CU player, nor a walk-on.

 

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Bluejay Men's Basketball - Season Review, Part 3
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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.

big-east-2018-19-mens-basketball-conference-schedule.aspx

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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Courtesy:  Creighton Athletics

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)