Creighton’s newest recruiting target did not squander his final chance to showcase his improved skills during Indiana’s state tournament last month.
Jalen Windham, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, averaged 20.2 points in six tournament games, helping lead Ben Davis High School to a runner-up finish in the highest class of a talent-rich state.
The highlight for Windham was a 27-point performance in an upset over the second-ranked team. But throughout those four pressure-packed weekends in March, Windham was knocking down 3-pointers, nailing pull-up jumpers and cleverly working his way into the paint for buckets at the rim.
“What he did that was so great was, he became a well-rounded player,” said Jason Delaney, Windham’s AAU coach this past summer. “When he gets hot shootingwise, he’s really tough to slow down. But he’s added a post-up game to it as well. And we always talk about trying to score at all three levels — he had a great senior year.”
And now Windham may have new options to choose from as he looks to continue his career at the next level.
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He’ll take an official visit to Creighton starting Monday. Indiana has reportedly shown interest. Windham, rated as a three-star recruit in the 2019 class, had previously signed with Georgia State but he was released from his letter of intent once coach Ron Hunter left for the same position at Tulane.
The Jays are adding point guard Shereef Mitchell this summer, but they have three open roster spots for next season. They’re also set to host four-star prospect Tristan Enaruna at the end of the week. They’re browsing the transfer market as well — Western Michigan grad transfer Bryce Moore visited CU last week but ultimately picked Xavier.
Coach Greg McDermott told The World-Herald earlier this month that he and his staff could afford to be selective in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Creighton could return its top seven scorers if junior Martin Krampelj decides to play his senior season with the Jays.
But CU did not recruit a shooting guard in last year’s class. So it has an opening on the depth chart. Perhaps the improving Windham could fill it.
He apparently started to flash last summer. Playing for the Delaney-coached Indy Heat, Windham built a reputation as a sharpshooter during his AAU tour. He averaged 8.5 points per game at the Peach Jam event on Nike’s EYBL tour. Of the 29 players who made 30 or more 3-pointers there, Windham had the best shooting percentage from deep (46.3).
Then he just kept getting better, Delaney said. Delaney, who also coaches at Indianapolis Cathedral High School, said he watched from afar as Windham expanded his scoring repertoire. Delaney’s eager to see what’s next.
“I’m a firm believer that after playing in EYBL, they always come back better,” Delaney said. “They’re better leaders, they’re more confident. Jalen was one of the best shooters in the Nike EYBL circuit. When you’re putting up those kinds of numbers, it’s going to translate.”