World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Thursday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice.
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SEEN: The Bluejays go through their final tune-up for Friday’s exhibition game against Northern State. Forward Alex Olsen was held out of practice because of illness, while forward Mo Oginni missed the workout because of a class conflict.
SEEN: Plenty of work on inbounds plays, an aspect of the game that often goes overlooked during the daily grind of practice but that obviously will be needed in a game.
SEEN: Guard Devin Brooks showcasing his athleticism. He snared a rebound on the defensive end and pushed the ball upcourt on a break. After a pass, Brooks got the ball back and thread his way through the middle of the lane with some fancy moves to end the possession with a floater that dropped through the net.
SEEN: Unfortunately, Brooks continues to struggle to pick up some of the defensive nuances that are usually a prerequisite for playing time. After a month of practice, Brooks remains an enigma because his consistency pinballs all over the court.
HEARD: “Are you kidding me?” — Forward Doug McDermott, after missing a couple of point-blank shots during a five-on-five drill.
SEEN: Another day of solid work by walk-on Tyler Clement. The 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Overland Park, Kan., has been by far the most consistent performer of the Bluejays’ four new walk-ons.
ON TAP: Creighton will have a Friday afternoon shootaround, then face Northern State in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at the CenturyLink Center.