From last Sunday to today, a wide range of prospective Bluejays were shown around the urban campus which lays right next to where all the CWS excitement will take place over the next week.
Earlier this spring, Coleman, the 2011 "Mr. Basketball" in Minnesota, requested and received his release from the Gophers program following the hire of Rich Pitino. Coleman visited Omaha from Sunday to Tuesday, a trip he is said to have enjoyed. Before making his way to town, the 6-foot-4 guard visited St. Mary's in Moraga, California. He will head back west again soon as a visit to Gonzaga is in the works. According to Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the three private institutions are to be considered the favorites to land Coleman. Coleman scored over 500 points – including a career-high 29 against Illinois in January – and grabbed more than 200 rebounds in his two years in the maroon and gold. Wherever the Twin Cities native decides to go, he will have to spectate from the bench next season per NCAA rule. The following year he can begin to use his two remaining years of eligibility.
Gilmore was one of three Texans to visit campus this week. The 6-foot-7 forward was on campus Wednesday, following a visit to Nebraska earlier in the day. Both the Huskers and Bluejays have offered the Manvel, Texas native a scholarship. Others to extend offers include Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Baylor. Following the visit to Omaha, Gilmore tweeted the following:
"Had a great visit at Creighton today! Nice program there".
Macura, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Lakeville, MN, visited Creighton for an unofficial visit on Thursday. Macura has earned offers from Creighton, Kansas State, Butler, St. Louis, Dayton and Boston College, and is hearing from a number of other schools. The two guard shows an ability to score from behind the arc and inside the paint for his AAU team, Minnesota D1. Earlier this spring, when speaking to scout.com's Brian Snow, Macura described what he is looking for in a school.
"I just want to go to a place where it is a family relationship with the players and the coaches," said Macura.
The final 2014 prospect on campus this week was Casey Benson, of Tempe, AZ. Benson is a skilled and intelligent point guard with an impressive list of offers. Along with the Bluejays, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, Colorado, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, Saint Mary's and USC have all offered the to be senior at Corona del Sol High School, where he's looking to win his third state championship. The 6-foot-3 lefty was named basketball's Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona earlier this year. He detailed what he was looking for in a potential school this spring with scout.com's Josh Gershon. "I just want the school that is the right fit for me," he said. "I want a good relationship with the coaches and players that I get along with."
The second of three Texans on campus was JoJo Anderson. Anderson, who will enter his junior year at Yates High School in Houston, is a 6-foot-1 point guard. Like Gilmore, Anderson visited Nebraska earlier in the day on Wednesday. Nebraska has extended an offer, while the Bluejays are yet to do so. Anderson's best assets at this point appear to be his handle and vision, which allows him to beat his man and find the open teammate when help comes. Auburn, Texas A&M and Rice have also offered. Following his time in Omaha Anderson tweeted out a positive review of the experience.
"Just left my visit from Creighton! Man I honestly loved it, great coaching staff & loved what they had set for the future! #Jays"
Janacek was the youngest player, and final Texan, to visit CU this week alongside Gilmore and Anderson, who were accompanied their trainer Adam Barnes. Janacek is a solid shooter and has all the intangibles coaches are looking for. With only one season of high school hoops at Scarborough under his belt, Janacek already stands 6-foot-2. Expect Janacek to garner more interest in the coming years as he continues to play with the Houston Defenders AAU program.