Former Recruits–Where are they now?

Some recruits don’t work out.  It could be a personality conflict, playing time, injuries or several other reasons.  At Creighton, there are a few recruits who have left the program the past few years that still have eligibility left for this upcoming season or more.  Here is some info about the players that have Creighton ties:

  • Steve Smith, 6’10”, Sr., South Dakota–Steve Smith started at Creighton the 2004-05 season.  After an injury plagued 2 years with back and foot issues, Steve transferred to, at the time, Division II South Dakota.  Last season, Steve was the fifth leading scorer and averaged around 9 points and 4.7 rebounds heading into his senior season.  This season South Dakota is finishing their transition to Division I basketball and playing their first ever Division I schedule playing Cornell, Notre Dame, Cincinatti and New Orleans as well as fellow Great West Conference schools Seattle, SIU-Edwardsville and North Dakota also making their transition to Divison I basketball
  • Isacc Miles, 6’2″, So., Murray St.–Isacc joined the Bluejays during the 2006-07 season out of Kansas City.  Isacc made an immediate impact on the team and was expected to be a leader of the team after the graduation of Nate Funk, Anthony Tolliver and Nick Porter.  However, due to some circumstances unknown completely, Isacc abruptly decided to leave Creighton.   At the time the reasoning was that he wanted to play closer to home.  After attending workouts with Missouri (who also recruited him when Creighton was) With a new coach and no scholarships available, Isacc was able to hook up with some new assistant coaches just starting at Murray State that had ties to Kansas City and that is how he ended up there.  After sitting out the past season due to NCAA rules, Isacc will compete for playing time behind returning starters Tyler Holloway and Kevin Thomas.  MSU actually returns 4 of 5 starters.   Murray State is predicted to win the Ohio Valley Conference this year.
  • D’Angalo Jackson, 6′, So., Arkansas-Fort Smith–D’Angalo joined the Jays at the start of the 2006-07 season.  After suffering an injury around the start of practice and slated for a redshirt season, D’Angalo left the team at semester and transferred to Wisconsin-Green Bay to be closer to home.  Unfortunately, this past season when D’Angalo became eligible to play in the second semester, he barely saw the court only playing in 9 of the 22 games he was eligible for.   He averaged 3 points, 1 board and 1 assist.  Again D’Angalo has transferred–this season to Arkansas-Fort Smith.  Arkansas-Fort Smith is currently considered competively as a Junior College, but since it is now a 4-year University as part of the University of Arkansas system, they are transitioning to an NCAA Division II school from 2007-2009 and will still compete at the NJCAA level and be a provisional NCAA D-II team in 2009-10.
  • Tom Whitehead, 6’6″, So., Unknown–Most people expected Tom to be part of this season’s team as he joined the Jays last spring after an interesting trip through Junior College and getting special NCAA permissions.   Tom even played in the Metro Summer Basketball League this summer and looked to be on track to play for the Jays.  However, in a surprising turn of events, Tom was not going to be granted a scholarship for this season to play and didn’t do the work the coaching staff expected to prepare for this upcoming season.  So he left Creighton not knowing what was going to happen next.  When he was being recruited by Creighton, Miami (Florida), Colorado State, Weber State, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Boise State were among schools that offered scholarships as well.  But as of right now  it appears he is not playing basketball at any level.  There was talk he might play at Dixie State where his father is, but it doesn’t appear to be the case so far.
  • Thomas Lane, 6’4, Unknown–Thomas joined the Jays as a “grayshirt” (expecting to be able to get a scholarship the following season) walkon during the 2004-05 season.  The guard out of Casady, Oklahoma left the team during the season.  From what I understand is that he transferred to Oklahoma and decided not to continue his basketball career.  If he was still playing he would most likely have been a Senior this year, which is why I included him.

If anyone else has information to contribute on these players, I’m sure others would be interested.


3 Responses to Former Recruits–Where are they now?

  1. gtmo says:

    I miss Steve Smith –

    At the time many were of the opinion that his leaving was inevitable. After all, we had just landed “The Recruiting Class of the Century” Lawson, Morrison, Miles, Jackson, Harriman, and transfer Chad Millard. There was no room at the Inn. Something had to give, so young Steve, oft injured Steve, a kid with POtential-who had weathered some tough breaks -injurywise, left to Div II So. Dak (or SD St).

    Who woulda thunk that half of that class would have left the program. At that time – no one. Basketball Bigs are difficult to come by, in most years. You NEVER let one go – NEVER.

    Folks who love to criticize ‘ol gtmo broiled my butt for crying out against his leaving (being asked to leave?) – whatever happened. I looked like Tory Spelling’s house after one of those Santa Ana windblown brush fires passed through – Charred City.

    We wouldn’t be sweating bullets this year and last over our “Lack of Bigs” had young Steve stayed – been encouraged to stay. Heck, the way Johnson, Morrison, and Miles bailed – he would have had his scholie back at midterm.

    Yes, guards win championships at the college level…I know. But you also need to have that rebounder/flyswatter patrolling the paint. Bigs don’t necessarily need to be a Tisdale, Worthy, or even a Beasley – scoring prolifically, but they darn well better be putting the Fear of God in the heart of anyone daring to enter their domain.

    There is nothing worse than a little ‘rugrat’ guard, coming into the paint – and Scoring over a Tree (see: Marics/Shang Ping). Both the guard AND his shot are supposed to be swatted into the nosebleed section…so he knows not to try that crap again.

    Such is life. Live and learn. As for the current Bigs, and the next ones – Better glue ’em down with Crazy Glue…just in case.

    Respect –

  2. gtmo says:

    paragraph 4-
    make that: “Heck, the way Jackson, Morrison, and Miles bailed –

  3. […] You can sort of follow the post I did earlier this fall on the former recruits in the “where they are now.”  Basically he threw the Creighton coaching staff under the […]

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