OMAHA, Neb. — Sam Froling, a 6-foot-11 center from Townsville, Australia, has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Creighton University.
Froling (FRO-ling) joins recruits Christian Bishop and Marcus Zegarowski in the Bluejay program, both of whom signed in the fall, and gives Creighton the No. 29 recruiting class per 247sports.com.
“We are excited to add Sam to our program,” said Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. “His combination of size and skill is a perfect fit for the versatility we prefer in our front line players. His experience playing for Basketball Australia and at The Centre of Excellence has prepared him for the rigors of the Big East. ”
A four-star prospect who is the nation’s No. 82 recruit according to 247sports.com, and the No. 128 recruit per 247sports.com’s composite rankings, Froling chose Creighton over interest from Arizona, Maryland and Wichita State among others. He attended the Australian Institute of Sport and was a member of Australia’s 2016 U17 World Championship team, where he averaged 10.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. Australia finished seventh in that event, which featured some of the top young prospects from around the world. Froling also helped Australia to the 2017 FIBA U17 Oceania Championship title with a 5-0 record, where he averaged 19.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.4 assists and 1.8 blocks per contest in 22 minutes per game.
Froling will be the second Australian on the Bluejay team, joining 6-foot-11 Jacob Epperson, a Melbourne native. Epperson averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 12 contests last season, shooting 69.4 percent from the field.
Sam Froling is the younger brother of Harry Froling, who averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game at Marquette last season and recently signed a contract to play in Australia.
Under the direction of head coach Greg McDermott, Creighton finished the 2017-18 season with a 21-12 record, advancing to the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament in the past seven seasons.