Published Monday, October 14, 2013 AT 10:47 PM / Updated at 10:55 PM
Creighton basketball practice report, Oct. 14
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his views from Monday afternoon’s Creighton men’s basketball practice.

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SEEN: Creighton assistant coach Darian DeVries in a T-shirt that read, “Welcome to the Grind.’’ That’s become the theme for the fall-break period in which the Bluejays will practice 12 times in an eight-day period.

HEARD: “They’re still all upright.’’ — Trainer Ben McNair, when asked how the players are handling that grind.

SEEN: John Cahill, the new Big East’s supervisor of officials, watched the two-hour practice at the CenturyLink Center. He then addressed the players on some of points that will be empathized by officials this season.

HEARD: “We’re a Jesuit school. We follow all the rules.’’ — Creighton coach Greg McDermott to Cahill after he stopped practice to point out an infraction.

SEEN: Some fancy passing by Doug McDermott and Will Artino during a five-on-five drill. While posted up on the left side of the lane, McDermott unleashed a left-handed, over-the-shoulder pass that Avery Dingman converted for an easy lay-up. Artino and McDermott worked the high-low offense to perfection, with Artino dealing a slick pass from the high post to McDermott for a layup.

HEARD: “There’s too much guesswork. We don’t want to lose a game because we’re not talking on defense.’’ — McDermott, emphasizing the need for communication after a breakdown during a transition defense drill.

SEEN: A 19-19 tie after an eight-minute scrimmage that closed practice.

SEEN: Grant Gibbs channeling his inner Kyle Korver by wearing No. 25 at practice. No, Gibbs isn’t thinking about changing his number — he’s worn 10 the past two seasons. Instead, Gibbs forgot to bring his practice gear to the CenturyLink and had to don alternate gear.

ON TAP: The Bluejays will return to the CenturyLink at 8 a.m. Tuesday for practice. Afterward, Greg McDermott, Doug McDermott and Gibbs will leave for New York and Wednesday’s new Big East media day.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at