- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Creighton believes the school’s new Championship Center will give the Bluejays the infrastructure necessary to remain among the elite in college basketball.

School officials showed off the $13 million practice facility to the media Friday. Athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said as happy as he is with the new building, it’s the recruits whom he hopes to really impress.

“Kids and their parents want to see if you’re walking the talk,” Rasmussen said. “Everybody wants to be Top 25. They say we want to be an NCAA-caliber program every year. You come into the strength-and-conditioning area, you go into the athletic training area, you go into the academic support area and you see the practice area.

“You’re saying, ‘I think they have made a commitment to where they can say we’re trying to keep up and be nationally relevant with a number of sports.’ “

The practice gym is named Kyle Korver Courts. Korver, a Creighton alum who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, paid for the floor, which is designed to reduce injuries and is similar to those in NBA practice facilities.

The locker room features a 94-inch touchscreen TV. Each player will have an iPod hookup that can be used to personalize the music he listens to while he showers.

Next door, players can relax in the Doug McDermott Players Lounge. A donor asked that the lounge be named for McDermott, the 2014 national player of the year who will be drafted this month. The lounge has four 90-inch TVs and three 60-inchers, two custom-made couches and a nutrition station.

The weight room, at 6,000 square feet, is nearly twice the size of the Bluejays’ old weight room. The film room includes 30 leather theater seats.

Rasmussen said the Championship Center compares favorably with similar facilities in the Big East.

“It would be arrogant to say it’s the best,” he said. “With what resources we had, we really like what we have for a product.”

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