World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observation from Monday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice at the CenturyLink Center.
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SEEN: The Bluejays were loose but focused as they ran through a two-hour practice in tuning up from Tuesday’s game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
SEEN: Guard James Milliken was the latest player to be hit by the flu. Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs and Ethan Wragge all missed practice time last week with the illness.
SEEN: Guard Isaiah Zierden made it to the final 45 minutes of practice after missing the past two days while attending his grandfather’s funeral. Zierden returned home to Minneapolis after Friday’s practice.
HEARD: “He’s a machine. He’s a robot. It’s the same shot every time.’’ — Creighton guard Austin Chatman, after Wragge drilled a deep 3-point shot near the end of practice.
SEEN: Some fancy passing by Chatman and Doug McDermott. McDermott found Zach Hanson inside in working the high-low maneuver to perfection. Chatman set up Grant Gibbs for a dunk with an underhanded pass that split two defenders on a fast break.
SEEN: Television crews from Fox Sports 1 and CBSSports filming practice and then conducting interviews with Creighton coach Greg McDermott and several key players after the workout.
HEARD: “They’re getting a lot of extra workouts in, which is good for their development, and spending a lot of time in the weight room. Their bodies are developing. They also have the challenge of learning the other team’s offense a couple of times a week, and for the most part, they’ve done a good job of doing that.’’ — Greg McDermott, on the progress redshirts James Milliken, Darian Harris and Toby Hegner have made in the past five weeks.
ON TAP: The Bluejays will try to run their home record to 5-0 with Tuesday’s game against the Golden Lions.