Creighton guard Jahenns Manigat says discretion never gets in the way of valor when he’s on the basketball court.
The 6-foot-1 junior leads the Bluejays in charges taken with 10. He also led the team in that statistical category the previous two seasons with nine as a sophomore and 15 as a freshman.
Does Manigat ever wonder if it’s worth it when he’s picking his 175-pound body off the floor after being run over by a bigger, stronger opponent?
“I usually regret most of the charges I take,’’ said Manigat, chuckling. “But those things kind of come with the territory. If you’re in position, you have to take one and do whatever you have to do for the team.
“It’s obviously something I want to do. I’ve led the team in charges taken the last two years, and hopefully I’ll continue that trend.’’
Manigat didn’t have to think about it when asked if he would rather make a 3-point shot, as he has with greater regularity in Missouri Valley play the past two years than any of his teammates, or take a charge.
“Taking a charge,’’ Manigat said. “Not everyone on the team is willing to step up and take one. When I do that, our crowd feeds into it and our team gets an extra boost of energy. Taking a charge is definitely better than making a 3.’’
Heading into Saturday’s game, Manigat is shooting a team-high 57.6 percent from 3-point range in the Bluejays’ 10 Valley games. That puts him second in the league for conference games only and includes a three-game stretch in which he missed all six of his shots from beyond the arc.
In his other seven league games, Manigat is shooting an unbelievable 70.4 percent (19 of 27) on 3-point attempts. He’s made 6 of his last 8 3-point shots in Creighton’s wins over Southern Illinois and Missouri State.
Manigat led the Valley last season in 3-point percentage (.492). In his last 28 conference games, the Canadian has made 50 of 96 shots (52.1 percent) of his shots from beyond the arc.
Not bad for a guy that didn’t think of himself as a great shooter coming out of high school.
“It’s something that I’ve put time in during the summer time to get better at,’’ Manigat said. “I’m in a position now where teams don’t want to give me open looks and they try to run me off the line.
“I really have to concentrate when I get open looks. And whether or not you make or miss that first shot, you always have to think about the next one that’s coming up. That’s especially been my mentality this year, and I’m happy my shooting has improved as the year has gone on.’’
A preseason thigh injury caused Manigat to get off to a slow start. He missed 11 of his first 13 3-point shots in Creighton’s first four games. Since then, he’s shooting 49.2 percent from beyond the arc to raise his season’s percentage to .433.
He credits teammate Ethan Wragge for helping define his shooting mentality. Wragge, who recently became just the fifth player in program history to make 200 3-point baskets, is a strong disciple of the next-shot-is-going-in philosophy.
“That’s definitely something I’ve learned from Ethan,’’ Manigat said.