Creighton's basketball team has gotten a big boost for the 2017 recruiting class, as Ty-Shon Alexander has given the Bluejays his commitment.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Alexander's surprise commitment on Saturday.
According to 247Sports, Alexander is a 4-star prospect and the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of North Carolina. He's a shooting guard listed at 6'4" and 190 pounds. The site's crystal ball projections had Virginia Tech the overwhelming favorite to land his services after taking an unofficial visit to the school in June.
However, in an interview with Bluejay Banter, Alexander found that Creighton was the place for him:
Based on scouting reports, it's not hard to see how Alexander fits into Creighton's system under head coach Greg McDermott. Evan Daniels of Scout.com called the North Carolina native "a gifted scorer" after he went off for 20 points in the Under Armour Invitational Championship in May.
The Bluejays typically play an uptempo style that, at its best, allows them to score at will. There was a three-season period from 2011-14 in which they averaged at least 74.4 points per game and reached the NCAA tournament during those years.
As Creighton continues to get acclimated into the Big East, landing a high-profile recruit like Alexander is going to help the program become a go-to destination for players who aren't the cream of the crop but want to have the opportunity to play in a fun system and reach the NCAA tournament.