Minnesota's No. 1 prospect in the 2012 class Isaiah Zierden told Minnesota Preps today that he has informed Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott that he is committing to the Bluejays.
Zierden, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Benilde-St. Margaret's, had a standout spring and summer shooting the basketball in the EYBL and at the Peach Jam.
"I have spoken to Coach McDermott and accepted their scholarship offer," said Zierden through text this afternoon.
Just this weekend Isaiah and his father Don Zierden, an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska and unofficially visited the Creighton campus. While on the trip Isaiah talked to The Bluejay Café and said the following about the Creighton program.
"The coaches have told me that they want to build the program with good kids, smart basketball players and hard workers," Zierden said. "I've gotten to know Coach Darian DeVries and he and I talk weekly on Facebook. The fact that they offered first shows that they really want me and that's what I want in a college."
Isaiah has proven time and time again that he is one of the highest IQ players in the Midwest. There are few players who have Zierden's understanding of movement without the basketball as well as the understanding of creating space with or without the ball to create shots. Add in textbook mechanics and confidence to consistently hit and Zierden is one of the nation's top shooters.
Playing with Howard Pulley in the three EYBL events, the Peach Jam, the St. Louis Summer event, and the Pulley Invitational Zierden consistently knocked down three-pointers from all around the perimeter at an above 40 percent success rate.
He's also driven to improve all facets of his game working tirelessly with former Minnesota Mr. Basketball award winner Mitch Ohnstad.
Zierden accepted the Creighton offer over offers from Manhattan, Wofford, George Mason, and Jacksonville plus interest from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Pepperdine, and many others.
Minnesota Preps ranks Isaiah as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Minnesota's 2012 class.