Morgan Maly

Crete junior Morgan Maly has five Division I scholarship offers.

Crete junior Morgan Maly took an unofficial visit to Creighton last week and received a scholarship offer from the Bluejays.

"I really like the coaching staff and the vibe I get from the culture and the family environment that Creighton has," said the 6-foot Maly. "I also like that it is close, and if I did choose to go there, a lot of my family and friends could come and watch, which would be nice."

In addition to Creighton, Maly also has offers from UNO, Texas-Arlington, Denver and South Dakota State. Nebraska hasn't offered but is continuing to evaluate her, according to Maly. Colorado State, Gonzaga and South Dakota have also been in regular contact with her but haven't offered a scholarship yet.

Maly doesn't have any visits planned but she'll likely make trips to Colorado State and Denver after the season.

She has a list of several things that will be important to her when it's time to make a college decision.

"A strong education, how I would fit into the offense and what best suits me and my skills," Maly said, "along with the culture and the relationship coaches have with the players and how they get along is really important to me."

Maly is averaging 22.5 points and 9 rebounds this season under legendary coach John Larson, who coached girls basketball for 31 years at Lincoln Southeast. He won a record nine state titles with the Knights' basketball program, guiding teams to 23 state tournament appearances in 24 years.

"He has taught me and a lot of our young players a lot about the game and being smart and focuses on fundamentals," Maly said. "I really enjoy what he is doing with our team."

Maly worked in the offseason to get in better shape, which has made her a more confident player.

"I think people have definitely seen it," she said. "I've always had the skill set but this year I am in better shape and I am not afraid to try going into my bag of tricks. My body is able to do it better now. ...

"Maturing and working hard this fall with my trainer Thomas Viglianco and the new coaching staff has been key in my development."

But she's not done improving.

"I need to be better at my on-ball defense and offensively my ball handling and shooting the 3 off of the dribble."

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Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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