Chanse Creekmur Is Back On Minnesota's Radar

Chanse Creekmur, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Marshalltown, is back on Minnesota's scouting radar. Creekmur was expected to receive a scholarship offer from Minnesota after his strong play this summer. However, he surprised some observers by committing to Santa Clara days later. Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa recently watched Creekmur, who re-opened his recruitment, score 30 points.

Chanse Creekmur committed to Santa Clara in July, but didn't sign in the early signing period. He is also a standout quarterback and according to AAU coach Marquise Watts, he decided to wait before making his college decision and explore the possibility of playing both sports. The main issue is if he were to play both sports in college, he would have to sign a football scholarship.

Creekmur is averaging 22.4 points per game this season and became Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer when he scored 15 points in last Monday's 66-58 loss to Urbandale. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds. He now has 1,049 career points and passed Don Nelson (1,039 from 1959-1961) for the career lead. Creekmur made a school record nine three-pointers as he scored a school-best 42 points in an 89-81 win over Fort Dodge earlier this month.

Creekmur has drawn football interest after he led Marshalltown to its first undefeated regular season since 1947. The Bobcats advanced to the Class AAAA title game, losing to Iowa City (which is led by Iowa commit A.J. Derby) 42-14. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 274 yards, including touchdown throws of 24 yards to Ty Steffensen and 15 yards to Jarred Carlson. The game was tied at 14-14 before the Little Hawkeyes pulled away. They sacked Creekmur seven times, forced two Creekmur fumbles and intercepted two of his passes.

Creekmur set single-season Class 4A records in completions, yardage and passing touchdowns this year, before setting the 4A title game record with 20 completions against the Little Hawkeyes. Creekmur also rushed for 475 yards this season (second among Bobcats) and had a team-best nine rushing touchdowns.

Creekmur shined in the football playoffs as he finished 20-for-36 passing for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Dowling Catholic in the state semifinals. He had 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for 231 yards and two scores in their 31-21 quarterfinal win over Ankeny.

Creekmur averaged 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a junior as he led the Bobcats to a 16-6 mark, losing to Cedar Falls 61-57 in the playoffs.

Marshalltown knocked off 2009 state champion Ames (led by #1 senior Harrison Barnes) 51-50 in the Class 4A substate finals when Creekmur hit a game-winning jumper from the right wing with two seconds left as a sophomore. The two powers were expected to meet before Marshalltown was upset by Cedar Falls last March.

Ames will face Marshalltown next Friday as two of the state's top players meet.

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