Creighton Welcomes Two JUCO Transfers

Mar 10, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; The Creighton Bluejays cheerleaders perform during a TV timeout during the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament against the Wichita State Shockers at the Scottrade Center. Creighton won 68-65. Mandatory Credit: Paul Halfacre-USA TODAY Sports

Creighton will be welcoming two JUCO transfers this season.  Below is a little about each.

Devin Brooks

Position: Point Guard

Size: 6-foot-2

Junior College: Iowa Western

Years of eligibility remaining: 2

Stats:

Sophomore season: 15.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.8 SPG

Freshman season: 14.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 4.8 APG

Coach Greg McDermott wanted to add depth at point guard behind Austin Chatman, but he may have found someone who could actually compete for the starting job.

Brooks, like many guards from the NYC area, has the seemingly natural ability to create his own shot as well as get into the paint and generate easy baskets for others. His coach at Iowa Western, Jim Morris, describes his game as more disciplined than your typical NYC guard.

“He’s not quite as wild as some guards you see from that area,” Morris said. “But Devin has all the dribble moves that you think of when you’re talking about New York City guards. He’s a guy that it’s hard to take the ball from, and he’s very deceptive. He’s not as much of a driver as some New York guards, but I think he has a nice mid-range game and he can shoot the 3. And when he needs to, he does drive the ball.”

Landing a talented point guard in Brooks to at the bare minimum provide sound depth for the Bluejays is only half the story. Now that Creighton has departed the Missouri Valley Conference for the Big East, the east coast is going to become an important recruiting focus. Coach McDermott may not have snagged Brooks directly from the streets of New York, but his roots could prove beneficial moving forward.

During Brooks’ time at St. Raymond’s High School in New York City, he was recruited by St. John’s, Florida, Florida St., Georgia Tech, UMASS, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, but opted to sign with Iowa Western.

There were approximately 35 schools pursuing Brooks while at Iowa Western. Texas A&M, Saint Louis, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Ole Miss were among the schools that made a strong push.

 

James Milliken

Position: Shooting Guard

Size: 6-foot-2

Junior college: Cowley County Community College

Years of eligibility remaining: 2

Stats:

Sophomore season: 18.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.6 APG

Freshman season: 17.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.2 APG

Milliken is a versatile scoring guard with range out to the 3-point line. He can create off the dribble and get to the basket. The Bluejays had one of the most efficient offenses in the country last season (9th according to kenpom.com), but Milliken can add a dimension that was missing on last year’s squad.

The 6-2 shooting guard has the ability to create his own shot, something most of the Bluejay squad besides McDermott struggled with, and he can put up points in bunches. Whether he is knocking down 3s or slashing to the basket, Milliken will be sure to keep defenses on their toes.

Milliken should provide a needed spark off the bench when the offense is sputtering.

At the conclusion his freshman year, Milliken was named Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year and second-team All-Conference, and also named to the Region VI All-Tournament Team. As a sophomore he was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference and a first-team All-Region honoree for the second straight year.

Topics: Basketball, Big East, Creighton Bluejays, Devin Brooks, James Milliken

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