Bluejays in the Hunt for Juco Guard

Creighton hosted James Milliken on an official visit to Omaha last weekend. We caught up with him and a former coach following the trip.

The Cowley County C.C. combo guard made his way to the Creighton campus last Friday, and he left Sunday with a positive review.

Milliken said he enjoyed the visit; he admitted the thought of committing to the Bluejays crossed his mind. PJ Lowman, Milliken's coach at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, North Carolina, shared Milliken's thoughts after the visit.

"James really likes way Creighton plans to use him, and the mentions of using curls and back-cuts. The Bluejay offense was very exciting to him," said Lowman. "He really had an excellent visit, and Creighton will be tough to beat in this recruitment."

A commitment would have been problematic for Greg McDermott and staff because they are currently without a scholarship to offer. Iowa Western C.C. guard Devin Brooks signed his letter of intent Wednesday, which occupied the scholarship opened up by the transfer of Nevin Johnson. Creighton would have a scholarship to offer if a second player ends up transferring, Doug McDermott leaves for the NBA, or the McDermott family pays Doug's tuition for his senior year, which would make him the most talented walk-on in the country. After the Bluejays hosted Milliken, and scheduled a visit for University of Maine transfer Justin Edwards later in the month, it appears that the program is operating with the assumption that it will have at least one scholarship to use one way or another.

Milliken is a prolific scorer. He finished his two-year career as a Cowley County Tiger with more than 1,000 career points, and can beat a defender in a variety of ways.

"I can score off the dribble, and I'm a good catch and shoot player," said Milliken over the phone. "My big games come for me when I shoot a lot threes. I probably average 4-to-5 threes a game."

Lowman added more about the player he coached at the varsity level for all four years of high school.

"The biggest strength of his game was his ability to create shots for himself. He loves to play off the ball and set up a defender with a curl, flare or back-cut," said Lowman. "Because of the incredible numbers that James put up in high school, his willingness to defend and rebound was often overlooked. He's strong in both of those aspects."

Milliken is a self-described combo guard, capable of playing both point and shooting guard. If he was to end up a Bluejay, however, he envisioned himself playing the two-guard. The junior-to-be developed a bond with a potential classmate and partner in the backcourt on his visit.

"The guy I was usually with was Austin Chatman. I was with him, he was real cool," said Milliken. "I'd mainly focus on the two because - if I were to come to Creighton - I like Austin at the one. Me and him, we were good together when we were playing when I came on my visit."

Milliken will visit Texas Christian this weekend, and is also hearing from Texas Tech. He said a visit to Lubbock is a possibility, although nothing is scheduled yet. A decision is expected soon after the TCU trip, but could be delayed if he visits the Red Raiders. By time he is finished with other visits, Creighton could have room for the wing.

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