Bluejays Begin Basketball Practice

No midnight madness for the Creighton Bluejays, who instead held their first preseason basketball practice on Saturday afternoon.

"You are always excited for the first day of practice and these guys are anxious to get started,” said coach Greg McDermott. “It is part of the building process. We have a long ways to go, but I am excited about this group. They are fun to work with."

The move to the Big East Conference is not the only change for Creighton this season. While the team lost only one starter from last year, they will have five newcomers.

"It is working good because a lot of us have been around for a while," said forward Doug McDermott. "We can give the younger guys advice. We are moving to a new conference, it is no longer the Valley. We have to have them ready for this new conference and it is on us to do that."

"It is kind of weird because Gregory (Echenique) is really the only core guy that we lost, but we have five new guys so it is getting those guys acquainted and adjusted, which I think these extra couple of weeks will be good, getting our practice flow right and getting those things structured,” said guard Grant Gibbs. “It is an exciting time, no doubt."

“It has gone well, our guys are easy to get along with,” said coach McDermott. “I think they have done a good job of embracing the new guys and making sure they feel a part of it and also make sure they understand our culture and what is acceptable and what is not."

The Jays open the season against Alcorn State at the CenturyLink Center on November 8th.

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