OMAHA, Neb. – Ryan Kalkbrenner has signed a letter-of-intent with the Creighton University men’s basketball program. Kalkbrenner is a 7-foot center from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, Mo., who chose the Bluejays over offers from the likes of Purdue, Kansas and Stanford among others.
“Ryan fits everything we look for in the center position.” said Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. “He has the mobility to run the floor and put pressure on the rim, yet the skill level to stretch the defense with the three-point shot. In addition, he will bring elite rim protection to our defensive scheme. His work ethic and positive attitude is a perfect fit for our program.”
- A 7’0″, 225 pound center from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, Mo.
- Ranked 69th overall and 11th among centers nationally by Rivals.com, he’s also the 75th-rated prospect by 247Sports and No. 98 by ESPN.
- Kalkbrenner played for the Mac Irvin Fire in the Nike EYBL circuit last summer, averaging 7.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and an EYBL-leading 4.5 blocks per game, on 57.5 percent shooting from the field in 17 contests.
- Recognized by D1Circuit.com as the Nike EYBL Defensive Player of the Year.
- Collected 389 points (13.9 ppg.), 213 rebounds (7.6 rpg.) and 110 blocks (3.9 bpg.) during junior season at Trinity Catholic.
- Named to the Class 3 All-State team during junior season.
- Earned First Team All-Archdiocesan Athletics Association while earning Player of the Year during his junior season.
- Coached by Jeff McCaw at Trinity Catholic.
The 2019-20 Creighton team returns to action on Saturday at 5 p.m. in a nationally-televised home game against Louisiana Tech.