Creighton hits daily double
Saturday, 23 June 2012 15:45 Written by Van Coleman
Talk about making a splash in recruiting circles. Creighton head coach Doug McDermott picked up a second commitment from the Class of 2013 in a span of two days. And it may not have been a coincidence. The Bluejays also secured a verbal from the Class of 2014.
According to XOFan’s Van Coleman, rising senior Darian Harris, a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark., and 5-11 point guard Nick Norton, a rising junior from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., are headed to the Omaha based Missouri Valley Conference powerhouse.
Harris, a Class 4A First Team All-State as a junior, played in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament this spring for a USA Select Team in Mannheim, Germany.
He chose Creighton over several schools, including Belmont, San Francisco, Fairfield, Nebraska, Oral Roberts, Liberty, Lehigh, Central Arkansas, Arkansas State. Oklahoma and Richmond. Harris had at least 12 offers and unofficially visited 10 schools.
It came to fruition.
Harris is a flat-out scorer but can play the point. He is an athletic long player who needs to work on his quickness and strength to endure the rigors of the next level. He plays AAU for the Nike sponsored Arkansas Wings.
The Bluejays have one scholarship remaining for 2013 unless one frees up via player transfer.
There’s more recruiting news for McDermott’s squad.
As for the Class of 2014, Norton is the son of a coach. Norton quarterbacked Rock Bridge to the Class 5 state quarterfinals in March, where the Bruins fell to eventual state champion Nixa, 61-57, in overtime.
Nick’s father, Randy Norton, is an assistant coach with the University of Missouri women’s team. His three siblings, including two sisters, play college basketball.
Nick Norton is a rising junior at Rock Bridge.