World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his views of Friday’s Creighton men’s basktball practice.
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SEEN: Doug McDermott sitting on the sidelines. Before Creighton Nation mass hits the panic button, McDermott merely was taking the day off per coach’s order. With so much of practice at this point focused on reviewing information that is second nature to the veterans, Coach Greg McDermott plans to give players such as his son, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Ethan Wragge a day off here and there.
SEEN: Eighteen of the most spirited minutes of action since the Bluejays opened practice two weeks ago. The team was divided into three squads for some quarter-court defensive work. The squads were rotated on each possession, with points awarded for baskets and defensive stops and deducted for fouls and turnovers. At the end of each six-minute period, the two losing squads had to run a quick sprint. The players really got into the drill. For the record, the white squad of Will Artino, Devin Brooks, Ethan Wragge, Jahenns Manigat, Darian Harris, Avery Dingman and Alex Olsen won two of the three periods.
SEEN: Some quick feet from freshman Zach Hanson during a dunk drill at the end of a shooting workout for the big men. Balls were placed on each side of the lane, and the players had to race from side to side retrieving them and then dunking. Hanson showed good quickness and explosiveness on his series of four dunks.
SEEN: Coaching staffs from three high schools sitting in on practice, taking notes and chatting with the Creighton coaches in between drills.
HEARD: “The material we’re putting in right now is stuff they already know. I’m hoping that a day off here and there will pay dividends down the road.’’ — Greg McDermott, on why the veterans will be getting some time off from practice.
ON TAP: The two-a-day grind begins for the Bluejays with two practices Saturday. They’ll have at least two more days of two-a-day drills in the next week during fall break.