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Creighton lands top European prospect Andronikashvili

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Top European prospect Rati Andronikashvili has committed to Creighton for the 2020-21 season, he told ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

The 6-foot-5 guard could immediately fill the backcourt void leading scorer and All-Big East first-team guard Ty-Shon Alexander is leaving behind. Alexander is keeping his name in this year's NBA draft.

"I knew Creighton way before they called me," Andronikashvili told Givony. "I've always liked how they play. Their basketball program is amazing. They know me better than anyone, and they really understand me as a player.

"(Assistant) coach (Alan) Huss was at a lot of my games. (Head) coach (Greg McDermott) has seen me at my best and at my worst. Being with a coach who really knows your game inside and out and how to improve your strengths and weaknesses is what I was looking for."

Andronikashvili produced a standout performance at last year's FIBA U20 European Championship Division B, averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. In February, he made his senior team debut for the Georgian national squad.

Creighton's 2020 recruiting class also includes Lithuanian forward Modestas Kancleris and four-star prospect Ryan Kalkbrenner. The Bluejays posted a 24-7 record last season, including finishing 13-5 in conference play to capture a share of the Big East regular-season title.

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