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Creighton gets 2015 commitment from center Justin Patton

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Creighton received a verbal commitment from Justin Patton, a 6-foot-10 2015 center from Omaha North High (Nebraska). This was first reported by Nebraska High School Hoops on Tuesday evening, followed by multiple reports that confirmed the commitment.

“I really worked on my game since last summer,” Patton told Nebraska High School Hoops. “I am excited about the opportunity to play at Creighton. It gives me a chance to play in front of my family at the highest level. My goal is to play at the highest level I possibly can, and Creighton allows me to do that.”

In its first year as a member of the Big East, Creighton finished second in the conference standings. Despite making a third straight NCAA tournament, the Bluejays failed to get past the first weekend. Without National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, and three other starters, Creighton will likely take a step back this upcoming season.

Patton is technically the first commit in Creighton’s 2015 recruiting class. However, head coach Greg McDermott has been active this spring, putting pieces together for the 2015-2016 season. Point guard Mo Watson Jr. (Boston University) and power forward Cole Huff (Nevada) have both transferred into the program and will be eligible after sitting out next season, due to NCAA transfer rules.

As a junior, Patton averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds.

Former Nevada forward Cole Huff transfers to Creighton

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Nevada transfer forward Cole Huff decided to continue his college career at Creighton. Huff announced his decision via Twitter on Sunday evening following his visit to Iowa, the other finalist for his services.

Clint Parks, Huff’s former AAU coach, told Scott Dochterman of The Gazette, that the 6-foot-8 forward was down to Iowa and Creighton. An announcement was expected shortly after his trip to Iowa City. That was the last stop on his visits. He spent the previous weekend in Omaha.

Huff was also being pursued by Michigan and Dayton.

Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in a breakout sophomore campaign. He left the program in early April, however it took several weeks for the two sides to comprise on his transfer restrictions. Huff is free to explore Pac-12 and West Coast programs located in Southern California, though, he is destined to become a member of the Bluejays, resuming his career at the start of the 2015-2016 season.

He becomes the second big-time transfer Greg McDermott has been able to land in the last three weeks. On April 13, former Boston University point guard Maurice Watson committed to Creighton. The duo will provide quality competition during practice as they both sit out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Huff made a noticeable jump from his freshman to sophomore season, and the additional year will give him time to continue to build on his 205-pound frame.

“He needs to develop strength,” Parks told The Gazette. “He needs to develop his body and get better in the weight room during his redshirt year.”

CBT listed Huff as the sixth best available transfer.


Former Nevada forward Cole Huff free to transfer to non-Mountain West schools in southern California

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When it was announced that forward Cole Huff would be leaving the Nevada program, what stuck out was the restrictions the school placed on Huff. Huff was prohibited from transferring to any Mountain West, Pac-12 or WCC institution, as well as any team on its 2014-15 non-conference schedule.

While the Mountain West stipulation wasn’t a shock, given the fact that many leagues have rules that make it difficult for (if not prohibit) a player who wishes to transfer within the conference, the fact that Huff was barred from joining any program in the Pac-12 or WCC was certainly an eye-opener.

According to Chris Murray of the Reno Journal-Gazette, Huff and the school have come to a compromise of sorts following an appeals meeting. Huff can now transfer to any Pac-12 or WCC school located in southern California, cutting down the number of prohibited schools to 38.

That opens the door for UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and San Diego to throw their proverbial hat into the ring if they so choose.

“I met with Cole Huff today as part of the appeals process and it was a good dialogue,” Wolf Pack AD Doug Knuth said in a release. “We’ve agreed upon a list of schools, including all non-Mountain West institutions in Southern California, to which Cole can explore a transfer. We wish him the best.”

Typically, schools bar transferring players from going to another school within the conference. Nevada’s transfer restrictions were more severe, which led to some criticism, but have now been relaxed. Huff is still restricted from transferring to 38 schools, but can head to a school closer to home if he chooses.

Whether or not one truly believes the restrictions have been “relaxed” depends on their use of the word, but situations like these contribute to the frustration of some athletes with the current system. Huff’s on a one-year renewable scholarship, something that can be pulled at any point in time should a school decide to go that route (and the athlete wouldn’t have to get in trouble for that to happen, either).

The good news for Huff is that Thursday’s ruling puts some schools on the table that weren’t there before. But should he really be prohibited from going to any other school in the Pac-12 or WCC? It would be good to hear from the school their reasoning for both the original decision and why the other programs in those respective leagues remain off-limits.