Michael Orris commits to Creighton

Updated: May 1, 2011, 9:14 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Crete-Monee junior point guard Michael Orris committed to Creighton on Sunday.

Orris, a 6-foot-3 point guard, chose the Bluejays over offers from Illinois, the University of Illinois-Chicago and others. Orris is considered one of the top players in Illinois' Class of 2012.

"This wasn't about anything Illinois or Bruce Weber didn't do," Crete-Monee coach Matt Ryndak said. "Michael wanted a smaller school. That's really what this is more so about than what Illinois or any other school didn't do. This was tough. Michael just agonized. It was a challenging decision to make."

Orris averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds last season for Crete-Monee. He also shot 50 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

"Creighton is getting a leader," Ryndak said. "They're getting a winner. They're getting a kid who has the highest level of integrity and character. And they're getting a very talented basketball player. He's a pure, old-school point guard. They'll get a kid who matches the passion that Omaha, Neb. has for Creighton basketball."

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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