-- A pair of high school basketball standouts have signed letters-of-intent to play at Creighton University. Leon Gilmore III and Ronnie Harrell will both be freshmen when they enroll in the fall of 2014 and have four years of eligibility.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to announce the addition of two quality young men to the Creighton Basketball Family - Leon Gilmore III and Ronnie Harrell," said CU head coach Greg McDermott
. "They both exemplify the qualities that we looked for as we move forward into the BIG EAST Conference. Each young man comes from a tremendous family, possesses high level of character, and is a quality student-athlete that compete for well-respected High School basketball programs. We expect them to be tremendous ambassadors to the mission of Creighton University and to carry on the great tradition that the Creighton Nation has come to enjoy as we move forward to the BIG EAST Conference."
Gilmore is a 6'7" wing from Manvel, Texas, who attends Manvel High School and plays for coach Greg Devers. As a high school junior, he helped his team to a 30-6 record by averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Gilmore competes for the Houston Hoops AAU program.
"Leon is a versatile player that can pass, handle and shoot the basketball," notes McDermott. "His length and athletic ability will allow us to play him at several positions. He competes on both ends of the floor and has tremendous potential."
Harrell is a 6'7" wing from Denver (Colo.) East High School, where he plays for Rudy Carey. As a junior he averaged 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, helping the Angels reach the state title game. On the AAU circuit, Harrell plays for Billups Elite, which is supported by his cousin, NBA veteran Chauncey Billups.
"Ronnie has a tremendous skill set with his ability to see the floor and handle the basketball," said McDermott. "He has deep range from the perimeter which will fit our system well. He has grown up in a basketball family which has taught him the value of hard work and dedication to the game."
Creighton's 2013-14 team is off to a 2-0 start and returns to action on Saturday with a 6 p.m. game at Saint Joseph's.