World-Herald staff writer Steven Pivovar shares his observations from Wednesday’s Creighton men’s basketball practice at the CenturyLink Center:
SEEN: The Bluejays went through a two-hour workout that included some spirited scrimmaging with the team divided into three squads. The gold team, made up of the walk-on players, more than held their own against the scholarship players.
SEEN: Forward Doug McDermott sitting out the practice as part of the coaching staff’s plan to give starters periodic rest to keep them fresh for the second half of the season.
HEARD: “You could have left that part out.” — Walk-on guard Steve Ferrarini, about how he missed three shots in a 14-for-18 stretch that Creighton went on to close its win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
HEARD: “That’s fair.” — Ferrarini, when told the reference was just underscoring his activeness on the court
SEEN: Best move of practice came when Austin Chatman swerved through a couple of defenders and scored on a layup during the five-on-five scrimmaging.
SEEN: Avery Dingman winning two of the four post-practice sprints involving the guards. He also was among the leaders in the other two.
HEARD: “Avery’s energy has been great. With that energy has come some renewed confidence. When you’re playing better, you have a bounce in your step, and it hasn’t really been about him making shots. It’s making effort plays to help our team.” — Creighton coach Greg McDermott, on Dingman’s performance in recent practices.
SEEN AND HEARD: Grant Gibbs grabbed a rebound during the drill, drawing praise from assistant coach Patrick Sellers. “You looked a little like Moses Malone on that one,” Sellers said. Greg McDermott responded by saying that Gibbs, the Bluejays’ sixth-year senior, was probably the only player on the team that probably could remember watching Malone play during his Hall of Fame career in the NBA. At that point, Creighton guard Devin Brooks asked who was this Moses Malone character. “I knew right then it was time to cut this off,” Gibbs said.
ON TAP: The Bluejays will start ratcheting preparation for Sunday’s home game against California, which will bring an 8-3 record to the CenturyLink Center for a 6 p.m. game.