South Dakota State transfer Baylor Scheierman, arguably the best player available on the portal, volunteered for Creighton on Tuesday.
Scheierman, a native of Nebraska, chose Bluejays in Nebraska, Clemson, Arkansas and Duke.
“I decided to commit to Creighton because I really like the way they play,” Scheierman told ESPN. “They’re a selfless team that really shares football, and that’s what I’m used to and I love to play this way. They also let their boys play freely and freely, and I feel like I play very well in this type of game.
“He has a great team of back-to-back guys who are skilled and know how to play the right way, and I think together we can do something special. Also, the opportunity to come home was an opportunity I couldn’t deny.”
The Bluejays nominated No. 9 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 of ESPN, but the addition of Scheierman, who is ranked 25.4 in the ESPN transition rankings, gives them the best picks and pushes in the top five.
“He said I missed a piece that would take them to the international competition – and well, I can do it at home,” Scheierman said.
The 6-foot-6 moving wing, Scheierman won the Summit League Player of the Year honors last season with a score of 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists and a 46.9% shot from three points. Over the course of the season, he scored 12 goals, including a 26-point, 11-rebound, 6-assist performance against Omaha in January.
Scheierman helped lead the Jackrabbits to a 30-4 record, including the 18-0 Summit League mark, before winning the first leg of the NCAA tournament to Providence. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds on the loss of the Friars.
It was his second consecutive season to select the first team in all the meetings, as he was selected in 2020-21 after earning 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
One of the best NBA trials on the portal, Scheierman is still testing the NBA waters and is being invited to the G League Elite Camp which will take place May 16-17.
“There’s no number I can think of,” Scheierman said. “I think that if I can register and it is a guaranteed investment, then I will be.”
What makes Scheierman such an exciting prospect is its versatility. He can play point guards because he is an elite passenger, but he is very dangerous due to his shooting skills. In addition, it returns as a forward energy.
Creighton should fit Scheierman well because it helps him in defense. He can guard players that Arthur Kaluma does not defend, and will have Big East Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Kalkbrenner behind him to protect his kidneys.
For Scheierman, proving that his production could withstand a very high level of competition – more than any other NIL package – was crucial to his Creighton decision. He played strong in the Summit League for the up-tempo team, which helped him show off his full potential but left the NBA teams wondering how he translated.
“It’s really funny because there was a lot coming out, like, I want this and that,” Scheierman said. “In all honesty, I knew NIL would be a part of it, but I told my parents earlier in the program that if I go back to school, I’m doing this to get better. For my own interests.”
Scheierman has joined four players who started at least 13 games at Creighton last season. Ryan Nembhard was one of the best defense defenders in the country, with his new teammate Trey Alexander staying strong all season, earning 16.0 points and 7.0 assists in two NCAA games. Kalkbrenner and Kaluma will shut down the front yard.
Jonathan Givony is an NBA architect and founder and co-founder of DraftExpress.com, a confidential and analytical service used by the NBA, NCAA and international teams.