LGIII a Bluejay To Be

Leon Gilmore III, of Manvel, Texas, committed to Greg McDermott's program Monday.

After an official visit to Texas Tech last weekend, Leon Gilmore III knew he was ready to make his collegiate decision.

Monday, he took to twitter to make his announcement.

"It was a tough decision but the wait is over! I'm a Jay," Gilmore tweeted.

The senior at Manvel High picked Creighton over his other final choices, Texas Tech and Houston.

"I took my last visit last weekend. After that I just thought about a lot of stuff and I thought it would be a better situation here for me," Gilmore said over the phone Monday afternoon.

Gilmore stated that his relationship with the coaching staff and players at Creighton, along with the school's academic reputation and fan support, led him to commit. Gilmore got a feel for the Creighton campus when he took an official visit in late August.

Gilmore, who stands 6-foot-7, could play numerous different positions for the Bluejays thanks to his mixture of size and skill. Regardless of whether he ends up spending the majority of his time on the perimeter or in the paint, you can count on the lefty to provide energy and effort.

"Leon, I tell you, he's got a motor that can go," said Greg Devers, Gilmore's coach at Manvel.

"He's always putting pressure on the ball. When he's on offense he's a threat. He can go to the basket or pull up and shoot a three, it's kind of hard to guard him right there."

Gilmore helped lead his Manvel team to a 30-6 record as a junior. The 30 wins tied for the most wins in school history. Devers believes that with the help of Gilmore, the Mavericks can best their previous high.

Throughout the summer, the three-star prospect played on one of the country's best AAU teams, Houston Hoops. Gilmore practiced and competed alongside Justin Jackson, Kelly Oubre and Justise Winslow, who are three of the best wings in the class of 2014. Although Gilmore hasn't received the same national recognition as some of his summer teammates, he is considered a Top 100 talent by some recruiting services, but he isn't content yet.

"My ball handling skills and just getting stronger, and getting my defense better," the future Bluejay answered when asked what facets of his game he was still working to improve.

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