Creekmur exploring his options

Chanse Creekmur has re-opened his recruitment in recent weeks, after verbaling to Santa Clara last summer. Arizona State has been one of the small forward's suitors for a while now and they hosted the Marshalltown, Iowa star this past weekend. Creekmur's AAU coach, Marquis Watts, who accompanied his player on the visit talked to Devils Digest about Creekmur's recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"I thought the visit went well," said Coach Watts who also coached Arizona State freshman Trent Lockett in his AAU club. "We had good visits when Trent came here and it is always good to come to Tempe. Chanse loves the whole coaching staff, and he feels that what Arizona State needs – he does.

"He was basically in awe of the Weatherup Center, and he thought the Vista Del Sol dorms were like a hotel. He just liked everything on the visit. He thought it was a great game atmosphere (against Arizona), even though the score didn't turn out they way the team wanted."

Watts said that Creekmur always looked up to Lockett as both played for Watts' Net Gain Sports AAU club. Therefore, their relationship could play a significant part in Creekmur's recruitment.

"When a kid from Iowa is going to decide to go so far away from home," explained Watts, "It helps to have a kid on the team that you trust and have known for years. Ironically, they both met for the first time in Coach Sendek's Elite Camp a few years ago. Now, things have a chance to come full circle.

"Trent has had a solid freshman year and Chanse will really lean on his advice."

There was a time that Creekmur, who also plays quarterback and defensive back for the Marshalltown Bobcats (in 2009 set the single-season Class 4A records in completions, yardage and passing touchdowns), was thinking about possibly playing both sports in college. According to this Watts, this is one reason why he de-committed from his July pledge to Santa Clara.

"Signing day came and went and he said that since he never signed with Santa Clara he was going to open up his recruitment," Watts stated. "He's come to the conclusion that at the college level he can't play both sports. It's just unrealistic."

The forward visited Minnesota the week before ASU, and he plans to visit South Florida and Marquette and making a commitment well before the April 14th letter of intent day.

"He doesn't have any dates for those visits," Watts remarked, "But he will set them up this week. I know that he wants to get his visits done already so he will decide sometime before the end of next month. It's not going be like here we are the first week of April and he doesn't know where he wants to go."

Earlier this month, the 6-7 180 Creekmur was averaging 22.4 points for the Bobcats and is now Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer with 1,049 career points.

"ASU is a great system for him because if you shoot the ball well you will have an opportunity to play," said Watts. "You obviously have to do everything else on the court, but Coach Sendek loves shooters. You can put Chanse in the mold of Rihards Kuksiks. I'm not saying he is as good of a shooter, because Kuksiks is phenomenal and one of the best in the country. But Chanse's strength is being a knock down shooter, like Kuksiks, but is probably a little more fluid and athletic than Kuksiks.

"Chanse can also put the ball on the floor and is real cerebral. He has a good body and is a big strong kid."


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