With a win in an exhibition over Nebraska-Omaha and a loss in a “closed” scrimmage to Minnesota, the Creighton Bluejays have a head start on getting to know who on their team is going to supplement First Team Big East guard Marcus Foster and Big east Honorable Mention Khyri Thomas on the floor after last year’s departures.
White and Blue Review transcribed Greg McDermott’s comments on what is and isn’t known about his Creighton team from Big East Media Day.
“Though we lost Justin (Patton), we can play a couple of different ways in the post (mentioning Toby Hegner, Martin Krampelj, Jacob Epperson and Manny Suarez).... The combination by committee of those guys will spend most of the time on our frontline. But we’ve also tinkered in practice with sliding one of our freshmen, Mitch Ballock, or Khyri Thomas into that power forward spot. We may play small, although it pains me to say it, because it seems like that’s the way this game is going.”
That does not sound like high confidence in his bigs at all...
And then there is the point guard situation.
“Unfortunately, the point guard spot is not locked up yet. Kaleb Joseph has been battling hamstring problems really since the start of practice, so he hasn’t practiced much. That makes it really difficult for us to get a feel for him, and for him to get a feel for how to run our offense. He’s certainly going to be in the mix.... While none of [the possible lead guards] are as talented as Maurice was, we have a good group of guys that can give us solid minutes at that position.
The Bluejays might have problems in the paint, and a lot to work out on the floor.
The Johnnies get to face Creighton in Omaha on Wednesday, January 3rd and again in Queens on Tuesday, January 23rd.