2010 Class Full of Guards

July 21, 2009

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‘Known Prospects’:

John Gasser - PG/SG - 6'4''

Ricky Kreklow - SG/SF - 6'5''

D.J. Peterson - SG/SF - 6'5''

Austin Kaczor - SG - 6'4''

Jacob Thomas - SG - 6'3''


Losing Guards:

Cavel Witter PG

Returning Guards:
PG
Andrew Bock (Soph.)
Antoine Young (Jr.)

SG
P’Allen Stinnett (Sr.)
Kaleb Korver (Sr.)
Darryl Ashford (Sr.)
Josh Jones (Soph.)

The 2009 addition of Andrew Bock combined with Antoine Young’s excellent rookie season give the Jays stability at the PG position for the foreseeable future. This would rule out the Jays making a serious run on talented Bishop Miege PG Trevor Releford, who has seemingly played his way out of Creighton’s reach with offers from Oklahoma, UCLA and Tennessee to name a few.  The Jays do seem very interested in Wisconsin product John Gasser who at 6’4” can play as more of a SG than his natural PG position. Gasser has offers from Northwestern, SLU and a few other mid-major schools.  Gasser has stayed fairly under the radar until recent success in AAU tournaments leading the talented Wisconsin Swing to multiple quality wins.  Virginia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota have all begun to show Gasser interest. Gasser has made it no secret he would like to compete in a Big Ten atmosphere, but a visit to Qwest Center Omaha on game day might change his mind.

There is no question that SG position will be the deepest position for the 2010-2011 Jays, yet Stinnett, Korver, and Ashford graduating leaves only Josh Jones for the 2011-2012 season. This would seem to be a position of importance for the 2010 class.  The aforementioned Gasser would seem to be a good fit. But the Jays are also looking at sharpshooter Jacob Thomas, seen by many as the top 2010 college prospect in Minnesota. Reports claim that his grades could be an issue. Nebraska shooter Kaczor has impressed and has recently said he is leaning toward playing basketball over football.  DJ Peterson plays for Minnesota AAU powerhouse Howard Pulley, along with Thomas, and already claims offers from Baylor and UW-Green Bay.  He lists Creighton as showing some interest.  The most intriguing prospect at SG could be Missouri native Ricky Kreklow who has offers from Missouri, SLU, SIU, Missouri St., and Virginia.  Kreklow’s parents coach at Missouri which would seem like an obvious choice, but in many interviews Kreklow has mentioned his interest in getting away from home in order to grow as a player and person.  Despite that, Kreklow has listed Missouri along with Creighton as the top of his list before the summer. He impressed in summer work-outs at Minnesota, a school which he says would jump right to the top of his list if they were to offer. He has some relatives in Minnesota and has made it clear an offer from Tubby and crew would be enticing.

Despite the constant pleading for height from the Jay fan-base, it is clear that one and possibly two scholarships could be used on guards during this recruiting season.

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OHWA Combine and Charity Basketball Update

July 14, 2009

As mentioned a few weeks ago when I said that this organization will change the landscape of basketball in Omaha, we are only a week and a half away from the Omaha Health and Wellness Academy’s Midwest Spotlight and Developmental Combine running from July 23-25.

Some of the nation’s best high school basketball athletes will be in town along with current and former NBA stars as a part of the week/weekend of activity.  I highly suggest if you have children interested in basketball or know of emerging talent in the area, that you get signed up for this.   As I have mentioned before, this will be an event that is the first of it’s kind here in Omaha and will grow from here.  The Omaha Health and Wellness Academy is about developing and refining basketball skills.   You can play AAU ball and play on club teams to showcase talent, but how does that talent get developed?  Exposure is great, but but it means nothing if you do not have the talent to perform.  Nebraska has never been a stopping point for national talent, but the Omaha Healtha and Wellness Academy really wants to make Nebraska one of those places to develop national talent at not only the high school level, but to also work with current college and NBA players.

Another interest in this combine for the basketball fans in the area will be the Charity Basketball game which will be on Saturday night the 25th at Omaha South high school.  We already know about Spud Webb being a part of the halftime festivities of the game, but the rosters are just about solidified and here are some players of interest that will be participating or there at the game:

Creighton

  • Nick Bahe
  • Anthony Tolliver
  • Nate Funk –Though I understand Nate is injured, he is still going to be there.  Unknown if he will be able to play
  • Pierce Hibma

Nebraska

  • Terrence Badgett
  • Bruce Chubick
  • Marcus Walker
  • Charles Richardson

Others

  • Dean Thompson-Omaha Racers fame
  • Jared Anderson–Bellevue University
  • Ben Holling-Bellevue University

Along with others that will be named in the coming days as well as a few surprises.    Go get your tickets now for this event.  At only $10, it should be well worth the cause and entertainment.


Basketball Standard Changing in Omaha

June 24, 2009

The landscape of basketball in Omaha has drastically changed in the past few months.  Have you ever seen the elite basketball prospects in the nation work out in Omaha?  Have you ever seen several NBA players work a basketball camp in Omaha, much less Nebraska?  Well folks, with the opening of the Omaha Health and Wellness Academy, there may be a lot more of this happening here in Omaha.

The Omaha Health and Wellness Academy is providing personal development in the areas of athletic training, skill-set development, education, and nutrition. By incorporating exclusive business procedures with professionally established wellness programs and recreational activities, the OHWA provides the greater Omaha area with affordable opportunities that encourage physical and mental health advancement.  The OHWA works with professional, collegiate, and high school players throughout the region.  In fact, with the new off-season training program that you have been reading about this summer that the Jays have been taking part in, the OHWA is a large part of that program.

Now you may ask, what does this have to do with Creighton Basketball and why am I even posting about it?  It has EVERYTHING to do with Creighton Basketball.  Keep these things in mind:

  • Top High School talent will come here to take part in several developmental camps which can help recruiting.  Showcasing their skills in Omaha and bringing the recruits here can let them become acclimated to Omaha and want to come here.
  • Continued work with current and professional basketball players. The OHWA works with many NBA players and many have expressed coming to Omaha to continue to develop their game.
  • Developing local talent from grade school into high school to develop more potential recruits from Nebraska, thus opportunities for Creighton to keep local talent is increased.
  • There are partner programs related to this new one in Omaha located in Texas and California.  So having Nebraska third on the list provides a great opportunity for Omaha.

One of their many upcoming events includes a Midwest Spotlight and Developmental Combine July 21-23.  This combine was supposed to be last week, but due to the overwhelming response, the dates have been changed for this to July 23rd-25th and there is still an opportunity to take part.  Here are the different things that are going on:

Midwest Spotlight and Developmental Combine
(Listen to the radio spot)

  • OHWA Midwest Middle School Select Spotlight – July 23-25th where 7th and 8th graders get to work with NBA Legend John Lucas
  • OHWA Advanced Skills and Drills – July 23-25th with professional OHWA Staff  Adam Barnes and Kevin Melcher- (Grades 6-11 – Boys) and Professional Consultant and Houston Jaguars Coach Louis Ray / Tiffany Jones (Grades 6-11 – Girls).  It sounds like a couple of Top 100 players will be in attendance which would be a first for Omaha.
  • OHWA Advanced Skills Academy for College/Pro Players – July 23-25th.  Creighton players and some NBA players will be taking part in this part of the combine.
  • OHWA Dedication Day Camp – July 25th which would be for 1st-5th grade boys and Girls

Then to cap off the day, there will be a Charity All-Star Exhibition at 6:30PM on the 25th at Omaha South High School.  As basketball fans and Creighton fans, you will want to take part in this.  Rosters are being finalized and names of who will be playing will be released over the next few weeks.  It will feature numerous celebrities, professional players, and the area’s top talent.  Spud Webb is confirmed at this point, and there will be former Nebraska and Creighton players also on the roster.  If there are any former Creighton players that will be playing, I’ll be sure to get that out there.   But get your tickets now because I can imagine that the gym will be packed for this one.  Tickets are only $10.

The whole combine will be based at Omaha South, but when the Academy gets their new facility built, the Omaha Health and Wellness Academy will be able to have their programs at their peak level.  This combine is only one of many events that will be brought to the Midwest.  They focus strictly on camps, clinics, small group work, and 1 on 1 development.  Exposure is great, but it means nothing if you don’t have the talent to perform.  This first event is a great opportunity for the people of Omaha and Nebraska to show that we want this type of thing in town.   Plus it is affordable.   I for one welcome it and hope you do too.  Sign up your kids for the combine, get the chance to work with professional players and sit back and enjoy a great night of basketball.   Currently with the relationship Creighton has already made with this organization, in the long run they will have the opportunity to reap the benefits.


Greg Allen Stars in All-Star Game

June 2, 2009

The last of the Jays recruiting class, Greg Allen, participated in the 2009 Humboldt-Del Norte League Senior All-Star Game last night.  His team won 78-54.  He led both teams in scoring with 19 points and had a little fun at the end.

The first-half featured great hustle by both teams but as the Machine built their insurmountable lead in the second, competition gave way to show time.

The game ended fittingly with players clearing the lane for Allen.

The Creighton-bound player flew to the basket, underhand-scopped the ball off the backboard, caught it on the fly, and slammed in a mamma jamma as time expired.

Greg’s next stop is Creighton to start summer workouts with the team.

Though Allen was the only player on both teams going to play Division-I basketball, a few of the other players are going to play other sports at the D-I level (one at BYU to play football while another will play Baseball at Arizona St.) A majority will be attending the local College of the Redwoods to continue their sports careers.   So it is fitting that Allen led the way and should have been leading these teams.  We are excited to see him at Creighton.

Notes:–Since the original BluejayCafe message board is no longer, I hope you spread the word about this blog and other Creighton blogs I have linked to on this site.  I hope to continue to provide interesting and informative posts about the Bluejays and other interesting tidbits.  The BJC is now a Rivals site with a free and premium message boards.  Unfortunately, great information that was posted on the old BJC that was totally free is going to be lost by a lot of fans since that same information will only be posted on the “Premium” message board on the new Rivals site.

Since I have a family and don’t have extra income to throw around, I won’t be paying to access the “Premium” board.  So I probably won’t be posting much over there and I’ll try to find out information independent of the “Premium” board so I don’t get anyone in trouble.   I’ll try to post on the free board, but eventually, my posts will probably be removed.   Thank you for your interest and I hope to post more in the future.

Patrick


Greg Allen Follow up

May 19, 2009

Friday, it was mentioned that Greg Allen was looking to sign with Creighton and it looks like it is a done deal.   According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the writer who wrote the Times-Standard article that Allen was mulling over signing with Creighton says that he was going to sign Today at 12:45 PM.

As a follow-up to the mention of possible BYU basketball recruit Greg Allen of Eureka High in Northern California: The writer from the Times-Standard who first mentioned that BYU was interested in Allen has just informed me that Allen has announced he will sign with Creighton on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m.

So I guess we will find out soon enough.


Jays Getting Another Guard?

May 15, 2009

With the Departure of Kenton Walker, you would assume that the Jays would be looking for a big guy to replace him for this upcoming season.  But apparently they are going a different direction.

Allen

A report today out of the Eureka Times Standard in California, it sounds like 6’2″, 170lb guard Greg Allen is mulling over whether to sign with Creighton or not.

Allen has a letter of intent in hand from Creighton but also has interest from Hawaii and others.

At this point, Allen said he isn’t sure when he’s going to make a decision to put a pen to the papers.

”I’m not sure yet,” said Allen on the phone Thursday evening. “I got a call from BYU today. I don’t know if I want to go there. I don’t know when I’m going to sign with Creighton. But it has to be before the 20th of this month.”

Allen said he also spoke with representatives from UNLV and Georgia State.

The 6-foot-2 guard noted interest began to build after the SATs.

”It was after I passed my SATs, then word got around that I was actually qualified,” Allen said. “Schools were looking at me but my grades were too low. It took me three times to pass the SAT, but when I got my scores, schools started getting interested.”

When asked about the possibility of Allen signing with Creighton, Eureka basketball head coach Duane Peterson had this to say: “That’s what we’re anticipating. But Greg is going to make the final call.”

Allen averaged over 25 points this past season for Eureka High School in Eureka California that went 15-12.  According to the article, he has until the 20th of May to sign, which concludes the spring signing period.  So I guess we’ll have to see.  Another point guard, not a big man.


Andrew Bock–AAA Classic

May 9, 2009

Follow Andrew Bock tonight as he laces it up with some of the best in California in the AAA Classic All-Star Game.

Here is a preview

Here are the Rosters

Other ways to keep track of this
www.myspace.com/aaa_classic

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www.juicecaster.com/aaa_classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhUViPpH6Hg