Creighton Bluejays Add Chicagoland Point Guard to the Class of 2012

Jacob MeisterContributor IMay 5, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Head coach Greg McDermott of the Iowa State Cyclones reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Head coach of the Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott lands his first big recruit of the 2012 class by securing a verbal commitment from Michael Orris out Crete-Monee HS in Crete, IL.  

He chose Creighton over multiple other offers including Illinois-Chicago and the Fighting Illini. This 6'2" point guard has been described as an "old-school" type point guard with great leadership qualities.

He averaged a modest 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds during his Jr. season, but looks to become a more involved scorer and distributor during his up coming senior season.

Look for him to make a significant impact for the Bluejay squad in his first year because of the amount of talent that will leave Omaha following the 2011-2012 campaign.  

Orris will be expected to distribute the ball to Josh Jones on the wing and arguably what will be the best front court in the Valley with McDermott and Echenique.

This is a definite increase in the normal talent that is recruited by Creighton and shows a very promising future for this program to return to its dominance of the early 2000's.  

With Northern Iowa and Wichita St. becoming bigger players on the national basketball scene it is no surprise to see Creighton taking a step forward.

Expect big things from the Missouri Valley Conference and from Creighton in the coming years.