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Former Jackrabbit Baylor Scheierman picks Creighton as transfer destination pending NBA Draft decision

As a third-year sophomore in 2021-22, Scheierman was the only Division I athlete to lead his conference in rebounds (8.2) and assists (4.6) per game, doing so while also averaging 18.2 points per contest, third-best in the Summit League.

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South Dakota State's Baylor Scheierman (3) takes an off-balance shot in the lane while absorbing contact from South Dakota's Boogie Anderson (0) during the first half of a Summit League men's basketball semifinal contest on Monday, March 7, 2022, at the Premier Center, in Sioux Falls.
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BROOKINGS, S.D. — If former South Dakota State guard Baylor Scheierman chooses to forego the 2022 NBA Draft and return to college in 2022-23, he’ll be playing much closer to home.

The 6-foot-6 left-handed Aurora, Nebraska, product took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to announce he’ll transfer to Creighton University in Omaha, should he decide to withdraw from the 2022 NBA Draft and wait to re-enter in 2023.

“Can’t wait to come home… Roll Jays,” Scheierman’s tweet read.

In a tweet, Stadium analyst Jeff Goodman referred to Scheierman as “arguably the best transfer that hit the portal this year.” ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony echoed the sentiment in a tweet of his own lauding Scheierman as “arguably the best mid-major player in college basketball.”

As a third-year sophomore in 2021-22, Scheierman was the only Division I athlete to lead his conference in rebounds (8.2) and assists (4.6) per game, doing so while also averaging 18.2 points per contest, third-best in the Summit League.

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After declaring his intention to enter the draft on March 24, news broke on April 25 that the defending Summit League Player of the Year would be entering the transfer portal.

Having explored his college options if the NBA Draft plans need to be put on hold, Scheierman narrowed a long list of suitors to five — Arkansas, Clemson, Creighton, Duke and Nebraska — before landing on the Bluejays.

Scheierman is one of four Jackrabbits from the defending Summit League championship squad, which went 21-0 against conference opponents, to enter the transfer portal this spring. Noah Freidel, of Tea, announced his intention to play for James Madison University on April 28, while David Wingett and Jaylon Gentry are still in the portal.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at ldierks@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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