Published Thursday, October 31, 2013 AT 10:53 PM / Updated at 11:05 PM
Creighton basketball practice report, Oct. 31
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

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.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at