A few weeks ago, the Creighton Bluejays picked up a transfer in the form of Boston University's Maurice Watson. And three days ago, they hauled in another, this time from the opposite coast.
Ricky Kreklow, a former California Golden Bear, and prior to that a Missouri Tiger, will be heading to the nation's heartland for the 2014 college basketball season as ESPN insider Jeff Goodman reported on Tuesday.
Kreklow will be able to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
As hinted at before, Kreklow's college career has stretched from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast, and now to the Great Plains. In 2010, the 6-foot-6 guard played under Mike Anderson and his signature '40 Minutes of Hell' system in Columbia, Mo. At Mizzou, Kreklow was a role player, averaging 9.8 minutes a game and 2.1 points on a FG% of 34.4 percent. Once Anderson was gone, so was Kreklow, and Berkeley was his home for the last two seasons.
Mike Montgomery and the Cal Bears squeezed a lot of out the former Rock Bridge Bruin, as he accumulated 721 minutes in Berkeley. Despite that, Kreklow's role as a, well, role player never seemed to waver as he went to average 4.84 points in 33 games over the course of those two seasons.
It's tough to imagine Kreklow's role changing when he dons the blue and white this coming fall. The Columbia native will be playing behind experienced guards in Austin Chatman, Devin Brooks and a wild card in the mix is James Milliken whose emergence is still looming.
But on a team that is losing a majority of its veteran presence, another experienced player in the mix does less harm than it does good. And that is exactly what Kreklow brings to the table. Who knows? Maybe he'll be a gem on a team that will be going through a major makeover this year and beyond now that one of college basketball's best ever no longer resides in Omaha.