Bluenotes Short Riff – 09 November 15

Short Riff
Stay focused…Stay hungry!

Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

2015-16 Previews:  WBR MBB player bios.  
Great profiles by the WBR team.  My comments;

GG-  Great profile. IMO GG has a Stainbrook type of breakout year…for the Jays this season. He’s healthy, he knows he can play with the big dogs, and he’s hungry. Go Geoff. As for ingame durability – as long as he paces himself, 20 minutes should not be an issue. Hopefully ZH and JP can squeeze in a few minutes. 
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jMilli- Great profiles…good stuff guys. James’ game should improve due to experience, confidence, and greater team depth. He won’t have the burden of “carrying” the team, which will allow him greater flexibility and less pressure to perform.

Zach Hanson- Imo ZH can be an impactful player by doing the things he stated. Bring energy when he comes in and with aggressive rebounding and defensive play. Impact is more about what you do with the minutes you get, rather than the amount of minutes. It’s a team game and ALL of the players need to contribute to the overall team effort. I am looking to see him show improvements and aggressiveness…which will be an asset to the team play.  

IZ- IZ is a Phoenix…he gets burned…but “again I rise”. He rises from the ashes again…in triumph!  He will be a spark for the squad with his shooting and his leadership.  
Chase perfection – catch excellence. 

Maurice– Absolutely, refreshingly candid, direct, and to the point. A leader and a team 1st guy. He’s in the right place at the right time, thank God. Talented – no fear. Poised, confident, experienced – the ‘coach’ on the court come crunch time. Luv this guy! 

THeggs– Sounds as though THeggs has his confidence back, enthusiastic and excited for the season. The quality and depth of our bigs should reduce / eliminate any thoughts of having to carry the team.  He can contribute and just play the game.  He should have a good frosh to sophomore jump in his stats. 
CoopDreams (Malik)- This young man, along with Khyri…are the wildcard players. Malik is a scoring machine (in the Marcus Foster vein) and is a good PG to boot. Should injuries mount at either guard spot Leek can come in, augment the team, and boost production. Humble but talented. He was and is a great late pickup, who will pay big dividends this season.

@colehoops– Altadena, SoCal… Go get it big guy. he’s a team guy – no showboat or “I” in his game. Time to go to work. 
Ronnie Harrell– “I feel like I can do a little bit of everything like starting the break and I’ve been doing a pretty good job rebounding, or knock down open shots if needed. I definitely want to win the Big East Championship. I want to be able to say I played in the Final Four, and be able to put Creighton and the city of Omaha up there with all the big level schools.” RH has improved and continues to do so and will be a good team asset this season.

Omaha World Herald – new article
New 2015-16 WBR Viewers Guide…

CBS Sports – Maurice is #6 on the under-the-radar transfers (Jon Rothstein)

I added Malik Albert (in the comments) to the top Juco transfers…

indigdoc49 minutes agoMalik Albert . Creighton
The former 2014 JUCO AA at MottCC redshirted last season for academics and should be a major piece to Creighton’s puzzle in 2015-16. A 6-2 guard, Malik avd 25 ppg, 4 apg, and 4 rbg at Mott.  Albert’s scoring and experience should come in handy for a team that lost four starters from last year’s squad and missed the NCAA for the 1st time in 4 years.