Creighton will host a fourth recruit for a campus visit this week in 2020 forward Kiyron Powell.
The 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward from Evansville, Indiana, began his official visit Saturday. He’s slotted at No. 170 overall on the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2020 class and at No. 149 on Rivals.
Several schools, including Creighton, seem to see even more potential upside from Powell. He’s shown an ability to knock down a mid-range jumper. He profiles as a rim protector at the next level, averaging 6.8 blocks per game during his junior season at Evansville Bosse High School in Indiana’s Class 3A.
Powell’s playing time has been limited some during 13 games on Nike’s EYBL circuit. He’s averaged 9.2 minutes per contest, but he’s scored 3.5 points (shot 60.5% from the field), 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
The Jays offered Powell a scholarship in May. Georgetown, Xavier, Houston and Kansas State are among the other schools that have offered.
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Creighton will get a chance to make its recruiting pitch this weekend, which will cap a busy week for the Jays.
Creighton hosted 2020 center Ryan Kalkbrenner for an official visit on Wednesday and Thursday. New 2019 target Lök Wur, from Papillion-La Vista South, took an unofficial visit to CU Thursday and received a scholarship offer. Graduate transfer target Kelvin Jones began a weekend official visit Friday.
The Jays have two available scholarships for the 2019-20 roster. And they’ll have at least two scholarship spots open up for the 2020-21 class.
How they’ll fill those openings remains to be seen. But what’s clear is that they’re definitely in the market for big men.
This year’s squad has just two frontcourt players on scholarship: sophomores Christian Bishop and Jacob Epperson. So there’s a short-term depth question on the interior.
And since Samson Froling decided to turn pro after his freshman season, CU’s frontcourt depth concerns now extend beyond this season. That’s why the Jays handed out several offers to 2020 bigs, including Kalkbrenner and Powell.
Of note: The NCAA announced 10 months ago that it has adjusted its official visit rules. Recruits are now allowed to take five official visits as high school juniors and five more as high school seniors. They just can’t visit a school more than once per year.