World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observation from Monday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice at the Vinardi Center.
SEEN: The Bluejays looking spirited during a two-hour practice the day after they had mauled Nebraska 82-67 in the annual meeting of the two teams.
SEEN: A new Bluejay. Well, not really, but James Milliken has been sporting a new look since late last week when he got his hair cut short. The junior guard had been wearing his hair in a spike fashion but has opted for the close-cropped look.
HEARD: “He’s shrunk about 3 inches.’’ — Creighton coach Greg McDermott, on Milliken’s haircut.
SEEN: Milliken heating it up from beyond the arc during practice. He made a number of 3-point shots, including one that won a session of some five-on-five scrimmaging that kept he and his gold-jersey teammates from having to run sprints.
SEEN: A slick move by center Will Artino, who snared a looping pass from Grant Gibbs and, in the same motion, directed the ball to the glass for a layup.
HEARD: “Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it every single time.’’ — McDermott, trying to get across the need for consistent effort to one of his players.
SEEN: Freshman Toby Hegner showing some athleticism. He made a steal on the defensive end and then led a fast-break that ended with his pass to Darian Harris for a layup.
SEEN: Forward Mo Oginni having one of his once-a-practice, highlight-reel dunks. This one came over Doug McDermott.
SEEN: Center Geoffrey Groselle showing some toughness. Groselle has been hampered since the start of practice by problems with his Achilles in both feet. Groselle aggravated the problem during a drill and limped off the court. After being attended to by team medical personnel, Groselle sat out a few series but returned to finish practice.
HEARD: “We had a good first hour and 15 minutes today. Let’s see if we can get that to an hour and 45 on Thursday.’’ — McDermott to his players in the post-practice huddle at midcourt.
ON TAP: The Bluejays will take Tuesday and Wednesday off as the players are in finals week. They will return to practice on Thursday to continue preparations for the Dec. 17 game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.