Indiana has added a couple new walk-on players to the 2023-24 men’s basketball roster.
Air Force transfer guard Jordan Rayford will join the team, along with with JUCO-transfer guard Jackson Creel.
The 247Sports Indiana site appears to be the first outlet to have reported the news.
Rayford was at a team event over the weekend. The Daily Hoosier confirmed Rayford and Creel are in the student directory.
Air Force lists Rayford at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds. He entered the transfer portal in March.
Rayford sat out entire season due to shoulder surgery, so he should have four years of college eligibility remaining.
Prior to committing to Air Force, Rayford also reported offers from Maine and Old Dominion. The Maine offer came when Rayford played a graduate year of prep school ball at Phillips Andover in the NEPSAC Conference. He was Class A All-Conference, and was often mentioned as one of the top unsigned players in his class before Division One programs began to take notice.
Rayford attended Bishop Walsh H.S. in Maryland prior to his graduate season, and Georgetown Day School (Washington D.C.) before that. Rayford was all MACHe was originally in the Class of 2021 and was unranked nationally according to the major outlets.
He played AAU basketball for Team Thrill on the UAA Circuit. That’s the same program that produced 2024 IU target Derik Queen.
Rayford turned 20 years old in May.
— Jordan Rayford (@jrayford17) February 15, 2022
Creel comes to IU from Rend Lake College, a junior college in Illinois where he played for three seasons. The 6-foot-5 Mt. Vernon, Ill. product averaged 13.9 points and shot 35.7 percent from three as a junior there in 2022-23.
He was named to the All Region and Great Rivers Athletic Conference All Conference teams in 2023.
Creel should have two years of eligibility remaining.
Indiana now has five walk-ons on the 2023-24 roster, with Rayford and Creel joining third-year guard Shaan Burke, and freshmen Ian Stephens and James Goodis.
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