The forward was also an accomplished quarterback and defensive back for the Bobcats, and he was thinking about possibly playing both sports in college. In 2009 he set the single-season Class 4A records in completions, yardage and passing touchdowns.
He was pondering playing both sports in college, which is why he didn't sign with Santa Clara. Once he realized that he it wasn't realistic to be a dual sport athlete, he decided to focus on being recruited in basketball which opened the door for Arizona State, as well as schools such South Florida and Minnesota.
"I faxed my letter ten minutes ago and it feels great," Creekmur said. "I can't wait to go out there and start working. I thought I would be playing football in college and eventually decided against that. Coach Sendek was recruiting me pretty hard and a lot of stuff he said to me made a lot of sense why I should play basketball in college.
"I've known Coach Sendek since I was 14, so there was a lot of comfort with him."
A big reason for Creekmur choosing Arizona State, is current Sun Devil freshman Trent Lockett, who was Creekmur's teammate on his Net Gain AAU club. Their coach Marquis Watts said in a previous interview that Lockett's influence cannot be overstated.
"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 come full circle.
"Trent has had a solid freshman year and Chanse will really lean on his advice."
"Trent is one of my good friends," Creekmur remarked. "He's been filling me in on everything and showed me around the campus. It's pretty cool to play with him in college now." The 6-7 210 Creekmur averaged over 20 points for the Bobcats and is Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer. He was voted to the Iowa Newspaper Association All-state boys' 4A basketball team.
"I can shoot the ball and I can really surprise people with my athleticism," Creekmur said of his skills. "I have a good all-around game and a high basketball IQ. My coaches tell me I'm easy to coach and I really like to learn the game."
Creekmur indicated that he will arrive in Tempe in time for the first summer session which starts in the beginning of June.
"I want to come in and improve my game from last year," he said, "and help the team improve from last year too. I hope that we can make it to the tournament and just do good from there."