Get to know Creighton, Kobe Paras' new school
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 18, 2016 07:27 PM
Paras is set to fly high as a Bluejay.
It's official, Kobe Paras is leaving sunny Los Angeles and is going to the midwest to play for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Now once you're all done Googling Omaha, Nebraska (that's where Penny of Big Bang Theory and Warren Buffet, the world's second richest man, are from by the way), let's focus on the Creighton Bluejays, Kobe Paras' new squad.
For starters, Creighton is part of the new Big East Conference in the US NCAA Division 1.
Before you go and say that the Bluejays are a joke, do know that Creighton belongs to the conference that features the reigning NCAA national champions, the Villanova Wildcats.
Also in the Big East are the Butler University Bulldogs, the DePaul University Blue Demons, the Georgetown Hoyas, the Marquette Golden Eagles, the Providence Friars, St. John's University Red Storm, Seton Hall Pirates, and the Xavier University Musketeers.
In short, the Big East is filled with schools with rich basketball history.
The Bluejays as a basketball team is no slouch as well. They hold a .603 winning percentage in NCAA basketball with an overall record of 1496 wins and 983 defeats.
Creighton has made it to the NCAA tournament 19 times, the most recent once coming in 2014.
The Bluejays have made it through the Sweet 16 three times and to the Elite Eight once.
Creighton's most successful NBA alumnus has to be Paul Silas who won three NBA championships in the 1970s, twice with the Boston Celtics and once with the Seattle Supersonics.
Doug McDermott of the Chicago Bulls is the all-time leading scorer for the Bluejays with 3,150 points and former NBA All-Star and Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver was also a graduate of the team.
After the success of their 2014 season, the Bluejays have struggled the past two years, going for a combined 34-34 and having a losing season in 2015, the first since the 1995-1996 season.
Paras, a three-star recruit, will join five-star center Justin Patton as the incoming freshmen recruit for Creighton.