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 email@example.com.