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Around the Rim (8/3/09)

I hope you are all enjoying the brand new White & Blue Review.  This is a periodic “Around the Rim” segment which is a compilation of articles Creighton related that you might not have heard about or other news around NCAA Basketball that might be of interest to Creighton fans.

  • Scheduling news — Scheduling is always an issue.  Things keep changing every year and the smaller teams that seem to do well, don’t benefit from that success.  People have said this about Creighton for years and the fact that no one wants to come to the Qwest Center to play the Jays.  Siena is another one of those teams.  Interesting read.  Speaking of scheduling, now that Austin Peay is no longer on the Memphis schedule, would they be willing to play the Jays?
  • Shockermania — Wichita St. is looking at scheduling one of their home games in Wichita’s new downtown arena.   But they are not sure where fans are going to park.
  • Cutting costs — Scheduling is one thing, cost cutting is another.  There are a lot of different things different athletic departments are cutting.   Hawaii has eliminated team posters for the different sports that will save them about $30,000.  Now as a Jays fan, I really enjoy the posters that are put out each year.  You get those framed and those contain some great memories of the different teams.  I would be disappointed if Creighton cut the posters.
  • Under the radar? — The Michigan Daily published an article called 12 Wolverines under the radar in 2009-10. Is it really under the radar if that is basically every member of the basketball team?  Michigan is a potential opponent for the Jays in the Old Spice Classic, where pairings will be announced Tuesday.
  • Opening Day — Dayton, a Jays opponent this season,  has announced their non-conference schedule.  The Jays and the Flyers both open the season against each other.
  • Prospects — Coaches went in droves to watch the AAU tournaments in Vegas last week.   One of the featured teams was the Las Vegas Prospects that produced P’Allen Stinnett.
  • Potential — Speaking of players, this Joe Kelling guy sounds like he has a lot of heart.  Is he playing soccer or basketball at Creighton?  He’s coming here.

Some Creighton Basketball Alumni News:

  • Of course, Kyle Korver is probably the biggest Creighton name in basketball lately and thus has created the most news as of late.  You may know that last month, Kyle accepted the option on his contract with the Utah Jazz and will return next season to play for them and talks about why he was staying.  Since doing that, he has had a busy July.  First he took part in a Utah Amateur golf tourney as one of the exempt entrees and answered some questions about his golf game.  He also announced a charity dodgeball tournament in September he and Deron Williams was organizing.  Then at the end of the month, Kyle took part in a Team USA mini-camp with other younger NBA players to replace any openings on the Team USA basketball team participating in the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.  The mini-camp culminated with a scrimmage with Korver’s team coming out on top and he scored 12 points.    There are some disagreements by sportswriters covering the camp on whether Korver’s performance is enough to possibly garner one of those remaining spots.
  • Anthony Tolliver has also been in the news as of late with his recent performance in the OHWA all-star game and summer league play with the New Orleans Hornets.  There were a couple great articles a while back from the Springfield News-Leader on his NBA dream and also reuniting with his high school teammates to play in some summer league games this summer.
  • Fan favorites Larry House and DeAnthony Bowden have been in action lately as well.  House participated in a Milwaukee “City” tournament that players from former high school teams in the area reunited to play against each other in a tournament renewing rivalries from high school.   Bowden was in action this past weekend here in Omaha as a part of a Dwayne Wade charity game. Nice to see those guys still hooping it up.


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