Chanse Creekmur Talks Recruitment

Chanse Creekmur, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Marshalltown, attended Saturday's Minnesota game versus Ohio State. He recently got back on Minnesota's scouting radar after deciding not to sign with Santa Clara in the early signing period. Creekmur shined as a quarterback this fall and has gotten recruiting looks in both sports. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Creekmur to learn the latest.

Chanse 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 in July, but didn't sign in the early signing period. Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa recently watched Creekmur, who re-opened his recruitment, score 30 points.

Creekmur is currently veraging 22.4 points per game and recently Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer when he scored 15 points in a -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.

Marshalltown was expected to play Ames Friday night, a game that GoldenSports.Net was going to attend. However, the game was cancelled due to snow storms in Iowa and rescheduled for January 25th.

Creekmur is also a standout quarterback and has drawn football interest after he led Marshalltown to its first undefeated regular season since 1947. The main issue is if he were to play both sports in college, he would have to sign a football scholarship. 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.

What schools are you hearing from right now for basketball?

Basically, just South Florida, Minnesota and Arizona State.

Are you still looking at possibly playing football?

Iowa State is the only one showing interest. I'm just waiting it out.

Are you still looking at trying to play both sports, because you would have to sign a football letter?

I just have to do what I think is the best. Whatever, they might be. We don't know yet. I'm just weighing out my options.

Are you planning on making some more visits soon?

I am going to go to the Arizona State-Arizona game and maybe South Florida. We have not set up a date for that.

How do you feel that your team has played so far this season?

I think that we have played all right. We lost two games that we should have won, but oh well. We are coming together as a team and I think that I am playing pretty good.

How about your individual play so far?

I've been knocking down some shots and doing what we have got to do to win, whether it is getting boards or doing whatever, but I am think that I playing well.

Is there anything that you are working on individually to improve as a player?

Ballhandling and defense.

Are you still doing anything football-related, like throwing the ball around?

We still throw the ball around a little bit. Basically, just lifting.

How pleased were you with your football year, getting to the state championship with an undefeated record?

I was definitely pleased. We wanted to get that last one. We were called the "Cinderella" team and I am proud of being on that team.

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.

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