World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Tuesday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice:
SEEN: The Bluejays struggle through a two-plus hour workout at the on-campus Vinardi Center. The players had turned in a solid practice Monday but took a step backward on Tuesday. That led to a long post-practice discussion at halfcourt, with coach Greg McDermott doing almost all the talking.
SEEN: Guard Jahenns Manigat back at practice and forward Alex Olsen on the sidelines. Manigat did not practice Monday as the coaches wanted to give a day off to rest a tender hamstring. Olsen dressed for practice but stayed on the sidelines after turning his ankle on Monday. McDermott said he expects Olsen to be back on the floor Wednesday.
HEARD: “We’re not half the team we were yesterday.’’ — McDermott, during a break in practice.
SEEN: Some inspired rebounding from centers Will Artino and Zach Hanson. Each player had a couple of sequences in which they demonstrated outstanding second and third efforts on the boards.
SEEN: A show of athleticism by Devin Brooks that turned a potential turnover into a basket. Brooks was driving for the hoop when he lost control of the basketball. He managed to snare it out of the air, then unleashed a jumper in almost the same motion that dropped through the net.
SEEN: Athleticism of a different type from Grant Gibbs, whose spinning move allowed him to break free on a drive to the basket that produced a layup.
SEEN: Guard Isaiah Zierden go down late in the workout with a hyperextended right knee. After being attended to by trainers for several minutes, Zierden was back on his feet and doing some light jogging. He took part in some shooting drills at the end of practice.
HEARD: “We didn’t have it today. We did disrupt their rhythm and their daily plan by moving up practice.’’ — McDermott, on the overall practice effort. The coaches decided to start practice an hour earlier than scheduled after one of the player’s had a class canceled.
ON TAP: The players will try to get back on track in Wednesday’s practice at the Vinardi Center.