Wisconsin freshman forward Jarrod Uthoff's first visit in his search to find a new school will be to Creighton.
It likely won't be his last, he said.
"There's no front-runner right now," Uthoff said Sunday night. "I'll visit there first but I'm definitely going to weigh all of my options."
Uthoff announced last week that he was leaving Wisconsin after redshirting this past season. The 6-foot-8 forward, a top 100 recruit coming out of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan granted Uthoff a limited release that bars him from moving to other Big Ten schools, in-state rival Marquette or Iowa State. Uthoff said he has appealed the restrictions and expects to have a decision in the "next couple of days."
Uthoff said he will visit Creighton the last weekend of April. He already is familiar with the school, having been recruited by both former coach Dana Altman and current coach Greg McDermott. Uthoff visited Creighton and attended a couple of the Bluejays' games at the CenturyLink Center.
"Creighton is a good school," he said. "I liked it a lot."
Does Creighton's success this past season, when the Bluejays tied a school record with 29 wins and played in the NCAA tournament, make it any more appealing now than when he was in high school?
"Doesn't hurt," he said, laughing.
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As a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Uthoff averaged 26.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots. He was named Iowa's 2011 Mr. Basketball and also won the state's Gatorade player of the year award.
A two-time all-stater, Uthoff picked the Badgers over Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Butler and Northern Iowa.
Uthoff redshirted as a freshman to get stronger and prepare for the rigors of Division I play. He said he has no regrets about spending a season at Wisconsin but decided that he would develop more offensively at another school.
"It's a great campus, great coaching staff, great guys. But I need to go someplace where I feel like I fit in better as a player," Uthoff told the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Uthoff said he has never played with or against Creighton's Doug McDermott, who was a year ahead of him in high school at Ames.
"But I'm very aware of what he's done," said Uthoff, referring to the Bluejays' consensus All-American.
Uthoff said he's uncertain how long his search for a new school will take. He said he's interested in the schools he considered when he was coming out of high school, though Iowa and Iowa State would not be options unless he wins the appeal on his release.
"I'm going to take however long it takes to make the best decision and find the right fit for me," Uthoff said.
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