World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Wednesday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice at the Vinardi Center.
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SEEN: The Bluejays’ return to practice after a day off also marked the return of guards Grant Gibbs and Avery Dingman. Both players had missed Monday’s workout, Gibbs after receiving a cortisone shot in his knee and Dingman with a calf bruise. The Bluejays came out of practice at the CenturyLink Center without any addition injuries, although guards Devin Brooks and James Milliken sat out portions of the workout with sore backs.
SEEN: A team that is in dire need of a game, which will come Friday in an exhibition against Northern State. The Bluejays’ focus seemed to lag the deeper they got into the workout. Creighton coach Greg McDermott said the he was pleased with the first hour of the workout but agreed the concentration wasn’t what it should have been in the second half of practice.
HEARD: “That’s some really good basketball right there.’’ — McDermott, after the Bluejays looked for the extra pass to set up a wide-open shot during a five-on-five drill.
SEEN: Another solid effort from redshirt freshman guard Isaiah Zierden. He doesn’t overwhelm you with his flashiness but his consistency has put him in solidly in the rotation.
SEEN: Zierden hit the floor and dig a loose ball away from Toby Hegner.
HEARD: “Of all the guys off the bench other than Ethan (Wragge), Isaiah is the guy I pretty much know what I’m going to get from him from day-to-day. He’s going to play for us this year, that’s for sure.’’ — McDermott.
SEEN: Point guard Austin Chatman follow his coach’s instructions to a T as the Bluejays worked against full-court pressure. McDermott told the junior point guard he needed to keep his head up as he dribbled through pressure. On the next possession, Chatman did that and found Jahenns Manigat in the corner for a wide-open 3-pointer.
ON TAP: Creighton will hold its last practice Thursday before it gets to put the uniforms on and play Northern State on Friday.