Creighton Basketball: Bluejays add ideal fit with 4-star forward Jackson McAndrew

Four-star forward prospect Jackson McAndrew made his decision on Tuesday, electing to play for Creighton Basketball in the future. What does he bring to the team?

It was a big day for Jackson McAndrew, a consensus four-star prospect in the 2024 recruiting class. Viewed as one of the top rising seniors out of the state of Minnesota, McAndrew is a 6’9 combo forward, though he’s best used as a classic “stretch four”. And that’s because shooting is his specialty, though he can score in other ways face-up to the basket.

A few weeks ago, there were four programs in the mix to land McAndrew. It was Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Xavier, and Creighton Basketball. But in the end, the forward made his decision to play for Coach Greg McDermott and the Bluejays.

McAndrew becomes the second class of 2024 commit for Creighton Basketball, joining four-star guard, Ty Davis. But based on how the roster looks for now and in the future, this was a massive pickup for the program. After losing starting forward Arthur Kaluma to the transfer portal, the forward position is a bit up for grabs right now.

There’s a battle for the starting position between redshirt freshman Mason Miller and Isaac Traudt, a former top-60 prospect and transfer from Virginia. But McAndrew offers more depth and security at that position either way for the Big East program. Plus, he’ll help replace the future lost shooting production once starting wing Baylor Scheierman leaves after next year.

Under Coach McDermott, Creighton has been one of the better offenses in all of college basketball, thanks to always having quality shooters on the court. And they’ll need a new era of players once guys like Ryan Kalkbrenner and Trey Alexander leave, which could be as soon as after next year. Regardless of how the roster looks, look for McAndrew to find his way onto the court.