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McNeese State transfer KeyShawn Feazell commits to Creighton
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McNeese State transfer KeyShawn Feazell commits to Creighton

Creighton coach Greg McDermott looks back on all the outgoing Bluejay seniors have accomplished.

For the second time this offseason, Creighton's turned to the transfer portal to find a veteran to help fortify its frontcourt depth.

KeyShawn Feazell

KeyShawn Feazell

McNeese State transfer KeyShawn Feazell announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he's committed to CU.

Feazell's a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward who'll have one year of eligibility remaining. He'll join Ryan Hawkins, a 6-foot-7 Division II standout, as the two experienced additions to the Jays' roster next season. Hawkins also has one season left to play.

"I'm grateful for all the coaches that recruited me throughout this process but with that being said I'm excited to announce that I've decided to spend my last year of college basketball playing for coach (Greg) McDermott at Creighton University," Feazell wrote on Twitter Wednesday night

Feazell is an important addition for the Jays, who lost Jacob Epperson (retired) and Christian Bishop (transferred to Texas) off last year's squad.

Sophomore Ryan Kalkbrenner, who averaged 5.9 points per game as a rookie, is back. But the 7-footer from St. Louis presumably will need some help inside.

That's where Feazell comes in.

In his one year at McNeese last season, Feazell led his team in both scoring (13.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.9) while shooting 56.1% from the floor. He had 25 blocks in 21 games. And he went 55 of 72 (76.4%) from the free-throw line.

Feazell started his career at Mississippi State, playing sparingly over three seasons. He's originally from New Hebron, Mississippi. And he'll join back up with new Creighton assistant Jalen Courtney-Williams, who was hired last month after three years on McNeese's staff.

Feazell projects to play at center for the Jays. Hawkins could contribute at that spot, too — although the Atlantic, Iowa, product possesses such a versatile scoring threat that he's likely to log most of his minutes as a stretch-four.

However Creighton ends up sorting out its rotation, it does at least have several options to experiment with now.

In addition to Feazell and Hawkins, CU's bringing in a four-man recruiting class that ranks No. 7 (247Sports) and No. 13 nationally (Rivals). Point guard Ryan Nembhard, shooting guard John Christofilis and forwards Mason Miller and Arthur Kaluma have all signed with the Jays.

Creighton is still looking to add to its roster. It has one scholarship available for next year.

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