Chanse Creekmur Sits Out Ames Game

Chanse Creekmur, a 6-foot-7 forward from Marshalltown who attended Minnesota's game versus Ohio State last month, was held out of the Bobcats' game versus #1 ranked Ames Friday night. Creekmur 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 had gotten looks in both sports.

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 score 30 points and the talented shooter attend the Gophers' game versus Ohio State.

Creekmur recently visited Arizona State and was expected to visit South Florida before their rescheduled game against Ames. He was also considering Marquette, but they added two recent commitments and are currently out of scholarship. Gopher fans were hoping that they would see an increased effort in landing Creekmur with an additional scholarship opening up with the departure of Royce White. Arizona State is considered to have the slight edge since he has attend their summer camp two years ago and the Sun Devils have former AAU and friend Trent Lockett on their roster.

Creekmur is currently averaging 20.1 points per game and recently became Marshalltown's all-time leading scorer. 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 season.

Creekmur was in street clothes Friday night for their game against Ames for "violating the good conduct policy. It was the second time they faced Ames in the past six days as they faced the Little Cyclones last Saturday in a game that was cancelled twice, due to snow storms in Iowa.

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.

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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