Creighton added its first recruit of the school’s Big East era when Iowa Western’s Devin Brooks signed his letter of intent Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard from Harlem, N.Y., had committed to the Bluejays a couple of weeks after it was announced that Creighton would leave the Missouri Valley for the new 10-team league.
“Devin is someone that we targeted as we transition into the Big East,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “He is a play-making guard that will fit well with our current team and is someone that we feel should be able to play multiple positions.”
Brooks earned third-team, junior-college All-America honors this past season as he averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a freshman.
He finished as Iowa Western’s all-time leader in assists (355). He also is fifth on the Reivers’ career scoring list with 1,028 points.
Two members of Creighton’s new league — St. John’s and Seton Hall — were among the schools that made a late push for Brooks after he performed well at last month’s national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Iowa Western coach Jim Morris said Mississippi, Texas A&M and St. Louis also made late attempts to land the guard.
Morris said Brooks should provide the Bluejays with immediate assistance in the backcourt.
“I’d say he’s pretty close to being ready for that level,” Morris said. “He’s more of a scoring point guard that can break you down off the dribble. He’s hard to guard. He’s got good length and he has the capabilities of being a really good defender.”
Brooks joins three high-school players — Toby Hegner of Berlin, Wis.; Zach Hanson of Pierre, S.D.; and Darian Harris of Springdale, Ark. — who signed with Creighton last November as part of this season’s recruiting class.
Brooks was the only player the Bluejays signed Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
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