It’s Summertime and time to Jam in the Caribbean. The 2011 Creighton Jays took their show on the road, harkening back to their heritage as the Travelin’ Bluejays of yore. Greg McDermott’s 2011 Bluejays traveled to scenic Nassau, Bahamas for a junket of fun n’ sun, beaches n babes, surfin’ and snorkelin’…and oh yeah – a bit of pre-season hoops.
Coach Mac’s crew used this trip an a evaluative one to allow 8 players, some new, some previously injured, and some transfers, to “break the ice” as playing Jays – using this Caribbean playground venue as their coming out party. And what a party it was. Although not textbook perfect and not always pretty, the Jays breezed through this 4 game swing in the Bahamas, as though they were at Junkanoo. The basketball nearly as enjoyable as the requisite beachfront perks at their resort hotel.
The Jays had ample opportunity to show the coaches their stuff and Coach Mac and staff experimented with a variety of groupings, pairing, and matchup scenarios…including STARTING the Fab Four Frosh and RS Frosh Will Artino in the 4th and final test. The new coaching regime emphasized a continuation of the uptempo style of play we witnessed last spring in post-season play.
All in all this Bahamas visit exceeded all reasonable expectations (and the games were fun as well). For detailed stats and analysis, see the series of staff notes, videos, and commentary at goCreighton.com and the series of articles and Creighton Otter’s excellent overall review at theWhiteandBlueReview.com.
The Jays will not have another such trip until 2015-16 Season (the prelude season to the Creighton Basketball Centennial).