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Kobe Paras, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral, committed to Creighton on Sunday and will suit up for the Big East school as a freshman in 2016-17.


Cincinnati has landed a pledge from Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, who will sit out the 2016-17 season and then have two to play.

The 6-foot sophomore from East Hartford, Conn., chose the Bearcats over Creighton.

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Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead, left, and forward Desi Rodriguez, right, look on during the 2nd half against the Creighton Bluejays at Prudential Center. The Bluejays won, 82-67. (Vincent Carchietta / USA Today Sports)
Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead, left, and forward Desi Rodriguez, right, look on during the 2nd half against the Creighton Bluejays at Prudential Center. The Bluejays won, 82-67. (Vincent Carchietta / USA Today Sports)

NEWARK --At one point during Seton Hall's 82-67 blowout loss to Creighton on Saturday, a disheartened fan yelled down toward the Pirates bench, "Feels like last year, Willard."

That would be a reference to last year's second-half collapse under head coach Kevin Willard, in which the Pirates imploded and lost 12 of their final 15 games amid locker room discord after peaking in the Top 25.

There's a long way to go in this season, but the Pirates and their fans better hope there is no repeat performance.

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Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School,?enjoyed his weekend visit to Creighton and?will trip to Virginia Tech (Sept. 26) and Tennessee (Oct. 3).

"Overall, it was a great visit," Curt Clarke, the player's father, told SNY.tv Monday. "Creighton did a great job showing why Chris is important to them and how they can help him to be successful in the future. We are looking forward to the next two visits and deciding on the best option, as long as Chris still remains an option for that institution.

Curt previously said his son -- who previously tripped to UConn -- hopes to decide in the fall.

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Cole Huff, a 6-foot-8 forward, will transfer to Creighton from Nevada and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules.

"Proud to announce that I will be spending my last years of college basketball at Creighton University," he Tweeted.

Huff chose Creighton over Iowa, which he visited this weekend. He also cancelled visits to Michigan and Dayton.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Doug McDermott?won The?Associated Press, Oscar Robertson and John R. Wooden National Player of the Year awards this week.

That comes as absolutely no surprise given the dominant campaign the 6-foot-8 Creighton senior put up this year. He?led?the nation in scoring (26.7 ppg.) and points (934) while also ranking second in field goals made (330) and ninth in three-point percentage (.449).

What may come as a surprise to some is the news that Dougie McBuckets would've jumped to the NBA a year ago had Creighton not shifted leagues to the Big East from the Missouri Valley.

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NEW YORK -- In a battle of the two top players in the new-look Big East, Bryce Cotton got the better of Doug McDermott.

Dougie McBuckets didn't cut down the nets in the first Big East championship in the post-Syracuse/UConn/Louisville world.

Instead it was Cotton who wore the Madison Square Garden net around his neck into the post-game presser.

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By JOSH NEWMAN Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK --?Having blown out Villanova twice during the regular season, Creighton came East this week as the favorite for its first-ever Big East Tournament title.

Their status only became more entrenched when Seton Hall stunned the top-seeded Wildcats early Thursday afternoon.

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UPDATE 4:50 p.m 3/13/14: Doug McDermott was the unanimous choice for Big East Player of the Year. He was also named a First-Team All-American by the U.S. Basketblal Writers' Association.**

NEW YORK -- The young man who will be named Big East Player of the Year later today was born in North Dakota, grew up in Iowa, plays college basketball in Nebraska and has never played a single Big East Tournament game inside Madison Square Garden.

Yet in the next few days, Doug McDermott could burgeon his already historic r?sum??by ?adding a Big East championship ring he can one day tell his kids and grandkids about.

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NEW YORK -- Doug McDermott's Madison Square Garden debut didn't turn out the way he had hoped.

McDermott and No. 12 Creighton were upset by a surging St. John's club, 70-65, Sunday night, leaving McDermott 0-1 in his career at the World's Most Famous Arena.

Still, the Bluejays will return to the Garden for the Big East Tournament March 12-15, and McDermott said he's now even more motivated to perform well there.

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Dougie McBuckets is ready to invade New York.

Following his 32-point effort in a 78-66 win against DePaul Friday night, Doug McDermott has now made 1,000 field goals and scored 2,773 career points -- 28 behind Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston for 16th on the all-time Division 1 list.

The 3,000-point plateau is within his grasp and he could reach it next month at the Big East Tournament, becoming just the eighth player ever to do so.

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In case there was any doubt that Creighton's Doug McDermott is the National Player of the Year, he added to his resume with a game-winning 3-pointer on Tuesday night against St. John's.

McDermott notched a season-high 39 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left, as No. 20 Creighton moved back into first place in the Big East Conference with a 63-60 win over St. John's.

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A few years back, a young man like Asante Gist likely wouldn't have known much, if anything, about Creighton University.

After all, Gist attends school at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and Creighton is in, well, Omaha, Nebraska

But several forces have come together in the past year or two to help Creighton enhance it's recruiting profile with players like Gist, a talented 2016 point guard who also competes with USA Basketball.

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Villanova coach Jay Wright walked into a team meeting on Monday and asked his players if they had watched Creighton's victory over Xavier the day before.

When they all said they had, Wright asked the Wildcats what the difference in the game was.

"Dougie McBuckets," they all shouted, referring to Creighton senior Doug McDermott, who dropped 35 points on Xavier in the win.

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Nine NBA scouts watched Creighton's Doug McDermott drop 30 points on Seton Hall in his first Big East road game, the AP reported.

Two scouts from the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic and one apiece from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards watched as McDermott went for 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in Creighton's 79-66 win at Seton Hall.

It was his 19th career 30-point game.

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The way one NBA scout sees it, Doug McDermott?could be the next Kyle Korver.

"He's a first-round pick and he will have to go to a team that appreciates what he brings to the table as a scorer and not a defender or athlete," the veteran scout told SNY.tv after watching McDermott put up 33 points Sunday when Creighton beat Nebraska, 82-67.

"He has no true position but will be a solid backup. Maybe he can be a version of Kyle Korver."

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NEW YORK -- The Big East Preseason Player of the Year has never played a single game in the Big East Conference.

He has never competed in Madison Square Garden, either.

Oh, and did we mention that he's a walk-on?

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Ronnie Harrell, a 6-foot-7, 179-pound small forward from Denver East, verbally pledged to Creighton Monday.

Harrell said he also considered Kansas State, Purdue and Loyola Marymount.

"I liked their fan base," he told SNY.tv. "They have amazing fans. I feel like I can go there and get a great eduation. The players out there are second to none. All of them are great guys. They treated me liek I was already part of the team.

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Doug McDermott appears to be the only member of the USA World University Games team who is a walk-on.

After Creighton's Grant Gibbs was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA Tuesday, Greg McDermott, the Creighton coach and Doug's father, offered to pay his son's tuition because the program now has more than 13 scholarship players.

"Wouldn't give my scholarship up for anyone else," McDermott told SNY.tv by text from Russia.

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Creighton got some good news as it heads into the Big East Conference.

Senior guard Grant Gibbs was awarded a sixth season of eligibility, the school learned from the NCAA.

The 6-foot-5 Gibbs led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists each of the last two seasons and will be a senior for the Bluejays in 2013-14. With Gibbs in the line-up the past two seasons, Creighton is 57-14 and is one of 13 teams to earn NCAA Tournament victories in both campaigns.

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Greg Echenique?likely won't hear his named called by David Stern or Adam Silver during the NBA Draft on June 27, but he's dreaming of finding a spot in the NBA anyway.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound center just finished up his career at Creighton after playing at St. Benedict's Prep for Dan Hurley and then beginning his college career at Rutgers.

"Obviously, I wasn't invited to [the] Chicago [Pre-Draft Combine] and things like that so I feel like not a lot of teams have seen me," Echenique, 22, told SNY.tv by phone from Las Vegas, where he is training at the Impact Academy.

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By JOSH VERLIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

WEST CHESTER, Pa. --?Elijah Cottrill travels a little more than most for his summer travel team.

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Creighton's hiring of Patrick Sellers as an assistant coach should definitely help the new Big East school recruit in the Northeast.

Sellers is a former UConn and Hofstra assistant who is well known in the New York/ New Jersey area, from which Creighton will need to draw players.

"I think it plays a part of a familiar face the kids can put a name on," Expressions Elite coach Tyron Boswell told SNY.tv. "He's from UConn and Northeast kids have watched UConn throughout their adolescent year. So it helps, along with coach being a great guy and a great evaluator of talent."

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Doug McDermott has never played a single game inside Madison Square Garden.

Now that he's returning to Creighton for his senior season, he will play there next season, and can compete for a Big East Tournament championship in the World's Most Famous Arena.

And he will likely be the Big East Preseason Player of the Year during Creighton's first season in the new league.

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When Ames (Iowa) High School coach?Vance Downs first saw the NCAA tournament bracket, his initial reaction was, "I thought Creighton would be a little higher than that."

Creighton (28-5) was given the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region and could face No. 1 North Carolina (29-5) in the third round if the Bluejays can get past a tough No. 9 Alabama (21-11) in the second round Friday.

If they do, that would set up a reunion between arguably the two best players ever to come out of Downs's program: North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes and Creighton sophomore?Doug McDermott, who on Monday was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American First Team.

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When Gregory Echenique left Rutgers last January, there was no way of knowing it would signal the beginning of the end for former coach Fred Hill.

Within five months, fellow sophomores Mike Rosario (Florida) and Pat Jackson (Kent State) also transferred, and Hill himself was let go in April following a bizarre incident in which he cursed out a rival Big East baseball coach and then defied his boss's orders to avoid future baseball games.

Ten months after his decision to transfer, the 6-foot-9, 263-pound Echenique is ready to suit up for Creighton when they host Idaho State Dec. 18. He is sitting out the first semester and will have two and half years of eligibility remaining.

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A year ago at this time, Elijah Carter was being recruited by low- and mid-level Division 1 programs, just hoping to get a scholarship to play ball.

A year later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter is one of the hottest prospects available, as evidenced by the fact that Cincinnati, Rutgers, Oregon, Texas A&M and Charlotte wanted him to attend college this fall even though he has already said he'll spend a prep year at Brewster (N.H. ) Academy.

"He plays like Kyrie Irving," one Big East assistant coach said, referring to the McDonald's All-American from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick headed to Duke. "He's best friends with Kyrie Irving. His game is similar to his. He's not really a point guard. He's more of a scoring guard but he can play the point."

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Dayton coach Brian Gregory is reportedly a candidate for the Rutgers' vacancy, but he says he hasn't had any official conversations with Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti and is not interested in the job.

?I?m not interested in leaving Dayton. ... I?m concerned with helping this team and the incoming players have a great summer and continuing to recruit the guys who can help us in the future,? Gregory told Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily News.

Gregory was reportedly offered the jobs at Boston College and Iowa but turned them down. He has a contract at Dayton that runs through 2018.

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NEW YORK -- Gilvydas Biruta can't make a move until the Fred Hill mess is cleared up at Rutgers.

Biruta, a 6-foot-8 forward originally from Lithuania, has asked to be released from his Letter of Intent at the Big East school, but it has not been granted.

Rutgers is apparently waiting to either officially fire Hill or reach a financial settlement with him before proceeding with the St. Benedict's Prep forward.

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Former Rutgers forward Gregory Echenique is headed to the Midwest.

The 6-foot-9 Echenique has decided to transfer to Creighton, choosing the Omaha, Neb., school over Miami, Maryland and Indiana. Some 20-30 other schools, including Duke, Arizona and Oklahoma, also called with interest.

"It's going to be a change, but I'm exited to go to Creighton and make that change," Echenique said in an exclusive interview with SNY.tv. "I think I felt comfortable with the staff since the first time I met them."

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