With two commits in the 2017 class, the Creighton men's basketball team is already considered an elite group.
After Mitchell Ballock joined the class on Sunday night — Ty-Shon Alexander had already been committed since October — the Bluejays rose to the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, according to the 247Sports composite ratings. CU trails UCLA and Auburn in the rankings.
Alexander and Ballock — both four-stars — have the Jays currently in their best position in years. The 2016 class, with lone commit Davion Mintz thus far, is currently ranked 125th. The Jays were 63rd in 2015, 50th in 2014, 158th in 2013, unranked in 2012, 114th in 2011 and 154th in 2010 — coach Greg McDermott's first class.
It's a stat that is sure to get Jays fans excited, but it's worth noting that rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. That No. 154 class in 2010 featured a guy you might have heard of: consensus national player of the year and Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott.
For context, Alexander and Ballock both have 87 grades from ESPN's recruiting service, the highest rankings since Isaiah Zierden received an 88 in the 2012 class. Groselle — a senior this season — received an 89 in 2011, while McDermott received a 91 grade in 2010. Of course, those grades were handed out after the completion of those prospects' senior years. CU's two 2017 commits are in the second half of their junior seasons.
As you can imagine, Alexander and Ballock are both highly thought of individually by the various recruiting services, too. Here's how they rank nationally on ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout.
ESPN: Ballock No. 43, Alexander No. 44
Rivals: Ballock No. 37, Alexander No. 86
247: Ballock No. 49, Alexander No. 110
Scout: Ballock No. 53, Alexander is unranked in the top 100