Chanse Creekmur Talks About His Recruitment

Chanse Creekmur, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound junior forward from Marshalltown (IA) High recently de-committed from Iowa. The talented Midwest shooter has heard from several top programs since making the decision and Minnesota has expressed interest in him. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Creekmur recently to learn the latest on his decision and his recruitment.

Chanse Creekmur averaged 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season as he led the Bobcats to a 17-6 mark, losing to Cedar Falls 61-57 in the playoffs.

Creekmur had considered Marquette, Arizona State and Creighton among others when he committed to Iowa.

Creekmur is playing for the Net Gain Sports AAU program and is working hard in the gym and the weight room to improve as a player.

"Just playing with better kids and the competition around me," Creekmur said. "My handles, mostly and getting stronger."

Creekmur said that he made the decision to de-commit from Iowa last week.

"We were just talking to my family and coach and they said just that that would be the best option for me at the time," Creekmur said. "They were a big part of it. I'm not mad about my decision and I'll stick with it."

Creekmur said that many of the schools that we were recruiting have contact AAU coach Marquise Watts and several new programs have shown interest.

"I am just going through him right now and he says that some schools called," he said. "I've actually had a few schools call, but mostly they are just going through him. Marquise gives me a lot of information about all the schools that talk about me, so I get pretty well informed by him."

Creekmur admits that he is surprised by how many schools have been in contact with his AAU coach.

"Yes," Creekmur said. "There has been actually been quite a few more than what there was. Santa Clara and Oregon State called me so far. It makes you feel good. It is good to have the coaches call again. It makes you feel wanted. It is a special feeling."

Creekmur doesn't have any plans to take any visits soon, but plans to make some trips before making his college choice.

"I am going to try to take my official visits," Creekmur said. "If I find a school I like, I'll go from there."

Creekmur said that the fact the four players have left the Iowa program did not have an effect on his decision.

"No," Creekmur said. "It was just a talk with Coach and my family."

Creekmur knocked off 2009 state champion Ames with his late second shot and the two powers were expected to meet before Marshalltown was upset by Cedar Falls.

"We were hoping to face Ames," Creekmur said. "I think that we overlooked that team and they surprised us. They did a good job. They best Kennedy and got to the tournament."

Creekmur admits that Ames had hopes for another chance against his team after losing to Marshalltown 51-50 in the Class 4A substate finals when Creekmur hit a game-winning jumper from the right wing with two seconds left. Ames was just seconds away from ending its 17-year state tournament drought.

"They wanted us pretty bad," Creekmur said. "They actually came down and beat us pretty good."

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