Creighton’s search for frontcourt depth produced a recruiting target: Idaho State big man Kelvin Jones will visit campus this weekend.

Jones, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound center, arrived Friday for an official visit. He’s a graduate transfer who would be immediately eligible to play next season at a position of need for the Bluejays.

Martin Krampelj decided last month to forgo his senior season of eligibility and turn pro. Samson Froling left CU after his freshman season to return home to Australia and begin his pro career, too.

As a result, Creighton has two scholarship big men for the 2019-20 season: Jacob Epperson (rehabbing from offseason surgery) and sophomore-to-be Christian Bishop (averaged 8.9 minutes per game last year).

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The Jays need depth on the interior. So they reached out to Jones, who’s decided to test the transfer portal after Idaho State announced a coaching change.

It could be Jones’ fourth stop in four years.

He started his career at UTEP. Then went the junior college route and played 18 games for Odessa College in Texas. He transferred to Idaho State for the 2018-19 season.

Jones seems to have skills that could help Creighton. He did not attempt a 3-pointer last year, but he averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his lone season with Idaho State, while shooting 55.3% from the floor.

Jones was scheduled to take official visits to Virginia Tech and Oregon State during the last two weeks, according to a report last month from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. He’ll start touring Creighton’s campus now.

The Jays have added a graduate transfer each of the past two years, but neither were major on-court contributors.

Connor Cashaw, Rice’s leading scorer in 2017-18, ended up averaging 2.1 points per game in 33 appearances last season. A year earlier, Manny Suarez joined CU from the Division II level and averaged 3.0 points per game in 24 contests.

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