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Creighton, nearly wrapped up with its 2019 recruiting class, is turning its attention to 2020 prospects. The Jays handed out a few offers after a weekend evaluation period.

The final weekend of April was an important one for the Creighton Bluejays because they were hosting their top 2019 recruit, Tristan Enaruna, on an official visit. That was priority No. 1.

But that same weekend was also the lone opportunity in the spring for college coaches to attend AAU events and evaluate future prospects in person. So CU’s staff had to hit the road, too.

Enaruna is still considering Miami, Kansas and Creighton. A decision is expected this month. He’d be the most decorated member of CU’s 2019 class if he picked the Jays, who are also adding incoming freshmen Shereef Mitchell from Omaha Burke and Jalen Windham from Indianapolis.

If Enaruna doesn’t choose CU, coaches might pursue a sit-out or graduate transfer. They added Memphis transfer Antwann Jones last week.

Or perhaps, if Enaruna ends up elsewhere, the Jays could decide to take the scholarship reserved for him and move it to 2020. As it stands right now, Creighton would have two open scholarships for the 2020 class.

Several 2020 targets emerged last summer, including 6-foot-9 forward Ben Carlson out of Minnesota. Below is a list of a few more recruits who popped onto the Creighton radar this week:

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MATT CROSS

2020 forward | 6-6, 205

Ranking: Three-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals

Outlook: Cross had a big weekend at Nike’s first EYBL session in Atlanta, averaging 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in four games for Massachusetts’ BABC. Scholarship offers have poured in since. Cross attends Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.

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JAYDEN SCRUBB

2020 shooting guard | 6-6, 215

Ranking: N/A

Outlook: Scrubb is a junior college prospect who averaged 19.5 points per game and shot 46.4% from 3-point range during his first year at John Logan College in Indiana. He was the only freshman named to the 10-man NJCAA Division I All-America first team. Cincinnati and Xavier have reportedly extended offers. Louisville is definitely interested, too.

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KIYRON POWELL

2020 forward | 6-10, 205

Ranking: Three-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals

Outlook: Powell’s stock seems on the rise after he showed improvement as a junior for Evansville Bosse in Indiana’s second-largest class. He averaged 10.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.8 blocks per game last season, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

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RYAN KALKBRENNER

2020 center | 6-11, 210

Ranking: Three-star prospect, according to Rivals

Outlook: The St. Louis product is another player who helped himself with a productive display in Atlanta. Kalkbrenner averaged 9.5 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in four games for Chicago’s Mac Irvin Fire. Illinois and Kansas State reportedly have offered him.

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MATT NICHOLSON

2020 center | 7-0, 208

Ranking: N/A

Outlook: Nicholson averaged 13.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.2 blocks as a junior at Clarkston High School in Michigan. Xavier and Creighton both offered Tuesday.

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