Creighton recruiting target Tristan Enaruna stands at 6-foot-9. Well, maybe 6-foot-10, if you round up.

And he’s a guard.

Yep. A guard.

Coaches who’ve worked with him, watched him grow and contemplated his next-level potential are convinced that Enaruna has the height of a forward — but the skills of a cross-you-over, ball-screen-reading, jump-shooting guard. He’s yet another product of basketball’s new age, where body type doesn’t have to dictate how a player trains or what skills get mastered.

Enaruna’s high school coach has admittedly marveled firsthand for the last year. In fact, the game that always comes to mind for Wasatch coach David Evans was his team’s trip to Bishop Walsh in February, when Enaruna dropped 22 points.

The Netherlands native took over in the third quarter. He buried a catch-and-shoot 3. He drove left, spun back right and drew a foul. He broke the press and lofted in a floater. He caught an in-bounds pass and elevated for a thunderous one-handed, lefty jam.

“The biggest thing for us was just giving him experience in the game,” Evans said. “He came here to play at this high of level, and he was still trying to get used to that.”

Enaruna’s figured it out. Now he’s ready for the next challenge.

The four-star 2019 prospect is in the middle of his cross-country college tour. He’ll begin an official visit at Creighton on Friday — he went to Miami earlier this week and he’ll travel down to see Kansas at the start of next week.

For the Jays, he’d be a prized addition to their 2019 recruiting class, which includes potential-filled guards Shereef Mitchell and Jalen Windham. Those two weren’t as highly sought after, though — they’re rated as three-star recruits.

Enaruna, on the other hand, checks in at No. 48 in 247Sports’ ranking of 2019 players. He’s 105th according to Rivals.

Dozens of college coaches made their way out to Wasatch Academy in Utah to evaluate him over the past season, according to Evans. And many of them extended scholarship offers.

But few have been targeting Enaruna as long as Creighton. He’s been at the top of the Jays’ 2019 board for almost two years.

It’s not difficult to understand why.

CU’s space-the-floor, push-the-pace offense seems to fit the skill set of a player like Enaruna, who was groomed to play a European-style game since he joined an academy in his home country as a 12-year-old.

But Roel van de Graaf, the youth director of BC Apollo Amsterdam, said Enaruna’s always read the floor differently than his peers. At Apollo, trainers make a point to stress versatility — all players work the same drills, regardless of position — but Enaruna picked things up at an accelerated rate, according to van de Graaf.

“Basketball is one of the toughest sports in the world to teach, with so many aspects, so many technical skills,” van de Graaf said. “Tristan, he’s a very quick learner. He has a great understanding of the game — together with a passion that you don’t see a lot.”

Plus, his athleticism allows him to do things many 6-foot-9 players cannot.

And yet he has so much room to grow, too. He’s a 17-year-old who’s still learning the American game. But college coaches can see the potential. Evans, too.

He’s eager to watch Enaruna continue to develop.

“This year, he just turned a corner,” Evans said. “And, I mean, lately in open gym? He’s been killing it. He gets better every day.”

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