Creighton Targets Appear in Top 100

Creighton is hoping the class of 2014 will produce the first Top 100 player to sign with the Bluejays out of high school.

Creighton has never signed a player that finished in Scout's Top 100 rankings.

Gregory Echenique, who finished as the 47th-ranked player in the class of 2008, is as close as Creighton gets, but he initially signed with Rutgers. Greg McDermott and the rest of the Bluejays' coaching staff hope the class of 2014 can change that.

The team of recruiting experts at Scout updated their 2014 rankings today, and numerous Bluejays targets are among the nation's top players.

A pair of CU targets skyrocketed towards the top of the rankings. Myles Turner and Josh Perkins used impressive showings throughout the spring to earn five-star status from the analysts. Turner was unranked in the last ratings, but is now considered the nation's fifth-ranked player and second-best prospect at center following strong showings at the Jayhawk Invitational and NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Perkins, one of the country's elite point guards, is another player Creighton was in on early, but, following a similarly strong spring, is now receiving interest from the likes of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. For his senior season, Perkins will leave Regis Jesuit, in Denver, to play at Huntington Prep, a location where he will receive even more attention from the "big boys" of college basketball.

Most of Creighton's more realistic targets call the bottom half of the Top 100 home for now. Kaleb Joseph, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, has been offered a scholarship from the Bluejays' coaching staff. Others to offer the speedy guard include Connecticut, Maryland, Providence, Syracuse and Tennessee.

Sitting three spots behind Joseph at 70 is one of Creighton's most recent offers, Vic Law. Law is a 6-foot-7 small forward from St. Rita's in Chicago. Home-state schools Illinois, Northwestern and DePaul have offered, joining Florida State, Dayton, Providence, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

Following Law is another small forward the Bluejays would love to entice to leave the basketball hotbed of Illinois. Malek Harris, a member of the Illinois Wolves AAU program that CU coaches are trying to tap into, comes in at 73. Also interested in the forward are future conference opponents, DePaul and Marquette. Harris recently took a visit to Purdue, as well.

Minnesota shooting guard J.P. Macura comes in at 89. Macura, the only Top-100 prospect already to visit Creighton, checked out campus a few weeks ago. He stands 6-foot-5 and has the ability to play shooting guard or small forward at the next level, thanks to his ability to do more than spot up and shoot. Creighton will be competing with many like-minded institutions for Macura's services. In addition to CU, Macura has offers from Boston College, Butler, Dayton and St. Louis.

One spot behind Macura is Wisconsin product Sandy Cohen. The combo guard is attracting increasing attention from college coaches thanks to his combination of size – he measures in at 6-foot-5 – and athleticism. Creighton's chances with the unselfish guard could depend on the amount of attention he receives from more established programs like Marquette, Illinois and Kentucky. He's yet to start taking visits, but he is interested in playing a fast-paced brand of basketball, something that could work in CU's favor.

The 2014 rankings will continue to change throughout the upcoming season. Guys currently ranked in the Top 100 could fall out, while risers fill the voided spots. Regardless of which prospects end up in the final Top 100, it's apparent that the Creighton coaches are actively trying to upgrade the quality of player they are able to recruit to Omaha as the program transitions into the Big East.

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