World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Wednesday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice:
SEEN: A better effort from the Bluejays after a lackluster practice on Tuesday. Creighton coach Greg McDermott was particularly hard on his seniors during that workout, but that was not the case on Wednesday. Forward Doug McDermott was particularly impressive.
HEARD: “Our seniors did a better job of leading today.” — Greg McDermott
SEEN: Alex Olsen and Isaiah Zierden back on the practice floor. Olsen missed Tuesday’s workout after tuning his ankle on Monday. Zierden had to leave the floor near the end of Tuesday’s practice after hyperextending his knee. The sophomore guard made it through most of Wednesday’s practice but appeared to aggravate the injury near the end. He wound up pedaling the stationary bicycle for the last 20 minutes of drills.
SEEN: Another solid day of board work by freshman center Zach Hanson. He has much to learn on the defensive end, but he’s had back-to-back days in which he’s been a rebounding demon at various times in the workouts.
HEARD: “Two years ago, we used to scream at him for shooting that shot. Now, he never misses it.” — Jeff Vanderloo, CU’s director of basketball operations as he watched practice with media members when Doug McDermott buried another fallaway jumper from the baseline
SEEN: Sports Illustrated college basketball writer Luke Winn observing practice. Winn is in Omaha doing a story on the Bluejays.
SEEN: Center Will Artino knocking a pass away from Hanson, retrieving the ball and then beating Hanson down the court for a breakaway, one-handed dunk.
HEARD: “I don’t like our talk. It’s not good enough.” — Greg McDermott, emphasizing the need for defensive communication
SEEN: Trainers attending to guard Jahenns Manigat after the senior took a shot to the nose during a transition defense drill.
ON TAP: The Bluejays continue grinding their way toward the season opener with another practice Thursday at the Vinardi Center.