World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Monday’s Creighton men’s basketall practice.
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SEEN: The Bluejays back on the practice floor at the CenturyLink Center after a day off. They were minus guard Jahenns Manigat, who was held out of the two-plus hour workout to rest a hamstring that has been giving him problems. Coach Greg McDermott said the staff felt that giving Manigat a second day off would prove beneficial in the long run.
HEARD: “I don’t think Jahenns is very happy with me for not letting him practice today.’’ — McDermott.
SEEN: An almost comical start to a transition defensive drill that had 10 players running around the free-throw circle. McDermott would then toss one of them the basketball to initiate a mad sprint to the other end of the court. At one point, Grant Gibbs tried to anticipate the start and started to break for the other end. McDermott then tossed him the pass, which Gibbs fumbled to force another restart to the drill.
SEEN: Sophomore guard Alex Olsen limp off the court after turning his ankle. Trainers started immediate treatment and he eventually made an early exit for the locker room.
SEEN: Someone other than Olsen lead the team in sprints. He’s rarely been beaten in the conditioning drills that take pace during and at the end of practice. But with the ankle injury sidelining Olsen, guard Austin Chatman was the leader in the conditioning at the end of practice.
SEEN: The Bluejays working on zone defense. McDermott, a devout practitioner of man-to-man defense, said the staff started introducing some zone principles at the end of last week.
HEARD: “This is a little earlier than we’ve done it in the past, but with the rule changes, it might dictate that you have to be ready for it. We’ve already spent a little more time with it than we’ve done in the past.’’ — McDermott, on practicing the zone defense.
HEARD: “It’s no secret that I’d rather play man-to-man but if it means keeping our best players on the floor, then we’re going to have to be ready to do it.’’ — McDermott.
ON TAP: Creighton will practice Tuesday at the on-campus Vinardi Center as it continues preparation for Sunday’s closed scrimmage against Iowa State.