Bishop flex

Sophomore Christian Bishop flexes in celebration as the Jays built an insurmountable lead during a blowout win over Butler on Feb. 23 at the CHI Health Center. Bishop is among five Creighton starters who could return next year. The early predictions from many college hoops analysts have CU as a preseason top 5 team.

As is customary at the end of the season, many national scribes turn the calendar to next year, releasing their way-too-early Top 25 predictions.

And Creighton is getting a lot of good pub — top-five good.

This isn’t a surprise, nor is it a guarantee that the Bluejays will remain among the upper echelon when the 2020-21 season begins.

But Creighton could return all five starters from a 24-7 team that won a share of the Big East title and finished No. 7 in the final AP Top 25 — both milestones for the program.

Here’s where some of the national writers are ranking the Jays:

The highest Creighton has ever been ranked in the AP preseason poll was No. 16 ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

So even if the hype dips a bit, Creighton appears to be headed into some uncharted territory as it prepares for next year. The Jays will begin the season with a major target on their back, but plenty of positive momentum.

CU finished the 2019-20 season with a 24-7 record.