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Creighton lands four-star recruit Trey Alexander
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Creighton lands four-star recruit Trey Alexander

The Jays picked up a pledge Wednesday from four-star recruit Trey Alexander. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oklahoma City announced on Twitter he's committed to CU.

The best recruiting class in program history just got better.

Creighton picked up a pledge Wednesday from four-star prospect Trey Alexander. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oklahoma City announced his commitment on Twitter.

Alexander is the fifth member of the Bluejays' 2021 recruiting class — a group that already ranked seventh (247Sports) and 12th nationally (Rivals) before his addition. It's the highest-rated CU class since recruiting services began their rankings.

Alexander, a former Auburn signee, ranks No. 73 overall on the 247Sports composite's 2021 class. He's No. 55 on ESPN.

He earned first-team all-state recognition from the Oklahoman after averaging 23.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists this past season for Heritage Hall, which reached the Class 4A championship game.

Alexander was one of 27 players named to the team rosters for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic, an all-star game featuring several top 2021 recruits earlier this month in Memphis.

It's evident from Alexander's highlights that his shot-making ability at all levels of the floor should help him compete for playing time right away.

CU lost all five starters from its 2021 Sweet 16 squad, a group of versatile veterans who excelled in a space-and-pace offense. And the Jays have often featured a skilled shotmaker.

They previously signed Ryan Nembhard (a playmaking point guard) and John Christofilis (a knockdown shooter). Several months ago, they also landed a pledge from five-star guard TyTy Washington, but the Arizona product decommited in March and later signed with Kentucky.

So Creighton has been on the lookout for a perimeter scorer this spring.

The Jays have senior Alex O'Connell, redshirt freshman Rati Andronikashvili and Christofilis as potential contributors in that 2-guard position. But they had more potential playing time to advertise with roles yet to be defined.

And now they've nabbed Alexander, who has been searching for a new landing spot for several weeks.

He previously planned to attend Auburn, but announced in April that he was reopening his recruitment. Creighton extended a scholarship offer in May.

Alexander's addition means seven of the Jays' 12 scholarships will be held by rookies next year. That's five incoming freshmen, plus two redshirts (Andronikashvili and Modestas Kancleris). Center Ryan Kalkbrenner could still also play four more years, too, since last season did not count against players' NCAA eligibility.

Junior-to-be Shereef Mitchell will be the only scholarship Bluejay on next season's roster with more than one year of experience in the program. Kalkbrenner debuted in the 2020-21 campaign. O'Connell transferred in last summer.

They'll be joined by two veteran transfers: Creighton signed 6-7 senior Ryan Hawkins (Northwest Missouri State) last month and announced the signing of 6-8 senior KeyShawn Feazell (McNeese State) this week.

Alexander is the latest to jump on board, becoming the fourth newcomer to pick the Jays since the end of the 2021 season.

The 6-9 Mason Miller already committed to Creighton in November, though he didn't sign until April. Then Hawkins chose CU. Feazell followed a few weeks later.

It was Arthur Kaluma's signing that may have made the biggest splash nationally, though. The 6-foot-8 forward is the highest-ranked recruit (No. 46 nationally) in recent program history. He'd previously signed with UNLV.

Alexander's move will resonate, too. He's the fourth-highest ranked recruit in program history, behind Nembhard (No. 66) and Miller (No. 71).

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