South Dakota Transfer Baylor Shermanwho is arguably the best player available in the gate, committed to Creighton on Tuesday.
Sherman, a native of Nebraska, chose the family of Blue Jays over Nebraska, Clemson, Arkansas, and Duke.
“I decided to stick with Creighton because I really like the way they play,” Sherman told ESPN. “They are a really selfless team that shares the ball, that’s what I’m used to and I enjoy playing that way. They also let the players play freely and freely, and I feel like I’m playing my best in this kind of system.”
“They have an amazing group of players who have come back who are very talented and know how to play the right way, and I think together we can do something special. Also, the chance to come home was an offer I couldn’t resist.”
The Bluejays are ranked ninth in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 standings, but the addition of Sherman, who is ranked fourth in the ESPN Transfer Rankings, gives them a top scorer and pushes them into the top five.
“They said I was that missing piece that could take them to a national championship — and better yet, I could do it at home,” Sherman said.
A versatile 6-foot-6 winger, Sherman won the Top League MVP award this season after averaging 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and shooting 46.9% from a 3-point range. Over the course of the season, he scored 12 doubles, including 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists against Omaha in January.
Sherman helped lead the Jackrabbits to a 30-4 record, including the 18-0 Summit League mark, before they lost in the first round of the NCAA Championship to Providence. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to the brothers.
This was his second consecutive season in which he earned a first-team all-conference pick, being selected in 2020-21 after averaging 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.
One of the best NBA drafts in the gate, Scheierman is still testing the NBA waters draft and is invited to the G League Elite Camp that takes place May 16-17.
“No number was on my mind,” Sherman said. “I think if I could enlist and that money was guaranteed, I would stay.”
What makes Scheierman such an intriguing prospect is his offensive versatility. He can play as a point guard because he’s one of the elite passers-by, but he’s also great at handling the ball because of his shooting ability. Plus it bounces like a force forward.
Creighton should get along well with Sherman as it will help him in defence. He can guard whichever attacker Arthur Caluma He does not defend, and he will have the best defensive player in the Big East of the year Ryan Calkebrenner Behind him to protect the edge.
For Scheierman, demonstrating that his production could go against the highest level of competition—more than any NIL package—was central to his decision to choose Creighton. He’s played a power forward in the top league for a fast-paced team, allowing him to showcase his entire skill set but leaving NBA teams wondering how to translate it.
“It’s actually funny because there was information coming out, like, ‘I was claiming this and that,'” Sherman said. “Actually, I knew NIL would be a part of it, but I told my parents at the beginning of the process that if I went back to school, I would do it to eventually put myself in a better position for my pro aspirations.”
Sherman will join four players who started at least 13 games for Creighton last season. Ryan Nimhard He was one of the best starting point guards in the country, while he was a new teammate Trey Alexander He came in strong over the season, averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 assists in two NCAA games. Kalkbrenner and Kloma will anchor the front yard.
Jonathan Jevoni is an NBA draft expert and founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a proprietary exploratory and analytics service used by NBA, NCAA, and international teams.
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