Creekmur Finds Home Close To Home

One Big Ten program was working on the weekend. Chanse Creekmur, a prominent member of the Class of 2010 in Iowa, made his commitment Saturday night.

Iowa kids love in-state schools. History and the numbers don't lie. Good players from the state tend to stay home. Junior Chanse Creekmur joined the ranks of early Big Ten commitments.

On Saturday night, one of Iowa's finest in the Class of 2010 picked the Hawkeyes over interest and offers from a number of programs including Creighton, Illinois State, Santa Clara, Gonzaga, Washington State, Arizona State and Northern Iowa."

Todd Lickliter's Hawkeyes were the choice because the fit was right and Creekmur was a big priority in the junior class.

"For an Iowa kid, and he's close with his family, it's right there," Net Gain Sports director Marquise Watts told "It was important that he had family around to watch him play. They've been on him for a while and he's got a great relationship with them."

Watts sees Creekmur as a tough, versatile kid who isn't done growing. "I can see him in the fall of 2010 arriving on campus around 6-7 and 215 pounds," Watts said. The coach played Creekmur at no less than three positions last spring and summer. He thinks the stroke is there, the game is expanding and he'll have to work on his lateral quickness but has bounce off the floor.

The commitment from the Marshalltown (Iowa) High standout if Lickliter's initial foray into the Class of 2010. It's also an important pledge as the Hawkeyes attempt to build the program from the inside out with a foundation of in-state players.

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