Coach Greg McDermott complimented the shooting prowess and the overall potential of new recruit Jalen Windham, who committed to Creighton this week.
Windham apparently has already signed a letter of intent, too. CU announced his signing Thursday.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard was an Indiana All-Star who averaged 17.7 points and 3.8 rebounds as a senior at Ben Davis High School. Windham’s expected to improve even more when he joins the Jays’ program this summer.
“We’re excited about Jalen’s potential, in particular,” McDermott said in a statement. “He’s a great shooter who gets it off quick. Every time it leaves his hand it looks like it’s going in.
“He’s very underrated as a passer. I think his ability to see the floor and make plays not just for himself but for his teammates is something that’s he’s going to bring to our program. He recognizes he has to get a little bit stronger and improve some on the defensive end like a lot of freshmen, but I think he’s got an incredibly bright future with our program.”
Windham joins incoming freshman Shereef Mitchell as the two known members of Creighton’s 2019 recruiting class. They’re both rated as three-star prospects.
The Jays could be making other additions soon, too – Memphis transfer Antwann Jones and 2019 recruit Tristan Enaruna are visiting CU’s campus this week.
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Windham joins incoming freshman Shereef Mitchell, a point guard from Omaha, as the two known members of Creighton’s 2019 recruiting class. They’re both rated as three-star prospects by Rivals and 247Sports.
The addition of Windham is the first of what could be a busy spring for CU. The Jays still have two open scholarships — and they could have more if juniors Martin Krampelj and Davion Mintz, who’ve declared for the NBA draft, decide to turn pro.
Creighton on Thursday will host Memphis transfer Antwann Jones, who averaged 4.7 points in 35 appearances as a freshman for the Tigers this past season. The Jays have been pursuing potential transfers since the offseason began.
They’re also in the hunt for 2019 four-star recruit Tristan Enaruna, whose official visit to Creighton begins on Friday. Enaruna, a 6-foot-10 forward, is picking among CU, Miami and Kansas. The Jays have recruited Enaruna for about two years.
Their pursuit of Windham, on the other hand, lasted only a few weeks.
But that’s because Windham had previously signed with Georgia State. He was released from his letter of intent when coach Ron Hunter took the same job at Tulane.
Perhaps boosted by a strong finish to his senior year at Ben Davis High School, Windham’s recruitment appeared to heat up quickly after that. Creighton reached out. Its pitch intrigued him.
But what sold him was this week’s visit.
Windham said he fit in well with the coaches and players. He’d already been through the recruiting process, so he said he knew what to look for — during conversations, during tours of facilities and even during a friendly pick-up game.
It should be noted that as a player who averaged 17.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season in Indiana’s top class, Windham isn’t lacking for confidence. This past summer, he scored 8.5 points per game and shot 46.3% from 3-point range while playing at the Nike Peach Jam.
But as he competed with his future Creighton teammates in an open gym setting, Windham said he appreciated the honest feedback and encouraging words.
“They’re good guys. They kept it real with me,” Windham said. “I fit in right in with them. From the start to the finish. And the thing I loved about it was they were giving me the confidence. I didn’t start off hitting, but they kept telling me to keep shooting. They were trusting me with the ball.”