Alright, the 2008-2009 season is over. A second consecutive loss to an athletic SEC school hurts, especially at home. What now? Woodfox, Dotzler and Sitzmann – OUT. Wragge, Bock, Runnels – IN. The quick addition of JUCO forward Wayne Runnels signals an end, at least in my mind, for the immediate need for a big who can board. Wayne joins the ‘Golden Class’ of 2011 (Stinnett, Korver, Lawson, Walker, Harriman), and will no doubt get ample opportunity to prove his worth early next season. Wayne has yet to sign his LOI, but according to his Juco coach, it is all but a done deal.
With the 2009 recruiting class finally in the books, its time to turn our attention to the 2010 class. Many prospects will look to verbal over the summer during their AAU adventures. This might be the deepest pool of talent locally (Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) that Creighton has had to choose from.
The Jays lose Witter (PG/SG), Millard (SF/PF), and Carter (SF) at the end of next season. Obviously, a true center would be a nice addition to this class along with a small forward to replace Carter and Millard. The Jays return:
- Antoine Young (Jr.)
- Andrew Bock (So.)
- P’Allen Stinnett (Sr.)
- Kaleb Korver (Sr.)
- Josh Jones (So.)
- Casey Harriman (Sr.)
- Ethan Wragge (So.)
- Kenton Walker (Sr.)
- Wayne Runnels (Sr.)
- Kenny Lawson (Sr.)
The Jays will have 3 open scholarships. There are many possible recruits that could step into the program and contribute.
Offered (as of 03.25.09):
- Elliot Eliason: 6’11” – 235 – Center
- Kyle Kelm: 6’9” – 210 – Power Forward
- Chanse Creekmur: 6’6” – 205 – Small Forward
- Ricky Kreklow: 6’5” – 185 – Shooting Guard
- Austin Kazor: 6’4” – 210 – Shooting Guard
- Zach McCabe: 6’6” – 201 – Small Forward
- Ben Mills: 6’10” – 180 – Center
- Tyler Evans: 6’2” – 175 – Point Guard
- Cole Stefan: 6’3” – 188 – Shooting Guard
- Trevor Releford: 5’10” – 180 – Point Guard
- Flavien Davis: 6’5” – 200 – Small Forward
- John Gasser: 6’4” – 180 – Point Guard
- Steve Carver: 6’8” – 205 – Power Forward
- Braden Mark: 6’4” – 180 – Shooting Guard
- Dwight Smith: 6’4” – 190 – Shooting Guard
- Chip Rank: 6’6” – 200 – Power Forward
Ideally, the Jays could get an early commitment from Eliason. Having a local skilled big man commit early will only help entice other recruits to the program. Eliason is listed by both Scout.com and Rivals.com as a top 10 center in the 2010 class. Eliason’s commitment would usually signal the end of the road for a similar player such as Ben Mills, but Mills has been to a few games, unofficially, and could still join regardless of Eliason’s situation, size is always a luxury in the Valley.
It is a safe bet that at least 1 scholarship will go to a big man Eliason and/or Mills, if not two. The next position to consider would be small forward. Zach McCabe, Chanse Creekmur, Kyle Kelm and even and undersized Austin Kaczor will be looked at in this role. There is no hiding that I love McCabe’s game, but Creekmur has recently re-opened his recruitment and word was the Jays were heavily involved. Kelm is more of a power forward and is getting serious looks from Big 10 and Big 12 schools. He has stated that he will visit Creighton over the summer. Kaczor is a local product with little fanfare. Sound familiar (Funk)? I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Kreklow is a rather unknown quantity from the St. Louis area. He is a highly skilled SG with a good mid-range game. Evans, like Kaczor is a local talent, but with Young and Bock I don’t see the Jays going after another point guard.
The Jays need to act fast. Many of these players remain under in relative obscurity and another summer of AAU ball will only enhance their reputations nationally.
- Elliot Eliason
- Zach McCabe
- Ben Mills
But if there is anything I have learned as a Jays fan its that when it comes to recruiting, we don’t know anything. Stay informed and stay active.