October 30, 2014

For the first time since ’69-’70, Creighton will have three alums in NBA at the same time

Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott drives the lane Minnesota Timberwolves Ronny Turiaf in the second quarter at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October24, 2014.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott drives the lane Minnesota Timberwolves Ronny Turiaf in the second quarter at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October24, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

McDermott played at Creighton from 2010-14 and left as the most decorated men’s basketball player in school history. He ranks fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and swept 14 National Player of the Year awards as a senior. McDermott was a three-time conference player of the year and became the first male in 30 years to be named a First Team All-American three straight seasons by the Associated Press.

McDermott was drafted 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, then traded an hour later to the Chicago Bulls. McDermott will wear No. 3 with the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver and Doug McDermott will open the 2014-15 season in the National Basketball Association when their teams debut on Wednesday. Korver is back with the Atlanta Hawks, Tolliver joined the Phoenix Suns in the off-season, and McDermott embarks on his pro career with Chicago Bulls after a draft day trade from Denver.

Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and was succeeded by Tolliver, who played for the Bluejays from 2003-07. In 2012-13 they were teammates with the Hawks, where they became CU’s first alums who were NBA teammates since 1970, as well as becoming the first Bluejay alums to start an NBA game as teammates.

Korver begins his 12th year in the NBA and third with the Hawks. Known as one of the elite long-distance shooters in the NBA, Korver ranks 22nd in NBA history with 1,508 career three-pointers and is 11th in league history with his 42.49 percent marksmanship from three-point range. The only other player in league history with at least 1,500 treys and 42 percent accuracy is Steve Nash.

Korver’s 53.6 percent marksmanship from three-point range in 2009-10 remains an NBA record for a season, smashing a mark held by noted sniper Steve Kerr. Last season, Korver smashed the NBA record with a 127 game streak with a 3-point basket obliterating the Hawks franchise mark of 42 and the previous NBA mark of 89 formerly held by Dana Barros. He also led the NBA  by shooting 47.2 percent from long-range in 2013-14.

For his NBA career, Korver has scored 7,967 points (third-most among Creighton basketball alumni) in 809 games (9.8 ppg.). He has also made 88.0 percent of his career free throws.

Korver wears No. 26 with the Hawks.

Tolliver enters his first year with Phoenix after also spending time with the Cleveland, San Antonio, Portland, New Orleans, Golden State, Minnesota, Atlanta and Charlotte organizations in his career.

Creighton fans who remember Tolliver as an inside force may be surprised to learn of his perimeter game. More than 51 percent of his shots have come from behind the NBA three-point arc, and he has made 35.2 percent of those shots from downtown. Last season he made 41.3 percent of his three-point tries, ranking 15th in the NBA. Tolliver has also sunk 78.4 percent of his shots at the line and owns 282 career assists (against just 196 turnovers), 108 blocks and 117 steals.

Tolliver went undrafted and spent time in the NBA D-League and Germany before becoming an NBA regular. He will switch to wearing No. 40 with the Suns.

Including 2014-15, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 31 of the last 32 years, and 48-of-51 seasons since 1964-65.

The last time Creighton had three (or more) NBA players on rosters at the same time was the 1969-70 season, when Paul Silas, Neil Johnson, Bob Portman and Wally Anderzunas were active at the same time.

Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com

Big East coaches pick Creighton for 9th

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in a preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches.

Defending league champion Villanova was a unanimous favorite with 81 points, as coaches are not able to vote for their own team in the poll. Georgetown (67) picked up the other first place vote and was tabbed second, just two points ahead of St. John’s (65). Rounding out the top half of the poll were Xavier (52) and defending Tournament champion Providence (49).

The bottom half of the poll features Seton Hall (43) in sixth, Butler and Marquette (28) in a tie for seventh, Creighton (25) ninth and DePaul (12) in 10th.

Creighton’s ninth place prognostication is the program’s lowest mark since being tabbed 10th of 11 Missouri Valley Conference teams in 1995-96. That Creighton team exceed expectations, tying for fifth place in The Valley.

It also snaps the program’s streak of 14 straight years being picked fourth or higher in the preseason poll of its conference, a remarkable testament to CU’s consistency and ability to live up to lofty expectations that is evidenced by the team’s streak of 17 straight top-four finishes in the year-end standings.

Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was selected as the 2014-15 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. He was joined on the preseason first team by Butler’s Kellen Dunham, St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison, Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston and Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook.

Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead earned the nod as the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Creighton did not have any representatives on the preseason all-conference team for the first time since 2007-08. It’s just the sixth time in the last 20 years CU did not have a first team all-conference honoree in the presason, and will mark the first time in Greg McDermott’s five seasons at Creighton that his team did not have the Preseason Player of the Year. Four of the five previous Bluejay teams in the last 20 years without a preseason all-league honoree would reach either the NCAA or NIT.

Creighton will open the exhibition season on Nov. 7 vs. Sioux Falls before starting the regular season one week later against Central Arkansas.

Story courtesy: GoCreighton.com

Theriot named to women’s basketball All-Big Ten preseason team. Huskers picked third by the media

Maryland was selected as the preseason conference favorite in the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten women’s basketball season by the coaches and media, the conference office announced on Thursday. Minnesota’s Rachel Banham garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

Iowa’s Samantha Logic, Minnesota’s Banham and Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot earned nods as Preseason All-Big Ten honorees from both the coaches and the media. Michigan State’s Aerial Powers and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey were voted to the coaches’ preseason squad, while Maryland’s Lexie Brown, Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. and Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston were voted to the media’s list.

Nebraska was chosen third by the media voting panel. The Huskers, who won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, will return four starters to this year’s squad.

The 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and preseason polls can be found below.

2014-15 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and Preseason Polls


1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Iowa


Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Aerial Powers, So., G, MSU
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Nia Coffey, So., F, NU


Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN



1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Nebraska


Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Lexie Brown, So., G, MD
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Amanda Zahui B., So., C, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Ameryst Alston, Jr., G, OSU

*Six players recognized due to a tie


Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN

Nebraska’s Petteway named to All-Big Ten preseason team

Nebraska junior guard/forward Terran Petteway was honored Thursday morning, as he was chosen for the preseason All-Big Ten team.

The five-member team, which is selected from media members from around the Big Ten region, were announced prior to the opening session of Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. Petteway is a returning first-team All-Big Ten pick after averaging a conference-high 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

He is the first Husker chosen to a preseason all-conference team since Aleks Maric in 2007.

In 2013-14, Petteway became the first Husker to lead the conference in scoring in over 60 years en route to earning first-team all-district accolades by the NABC (coaches) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (writers). He was a consistent scorer for the Big Red, reaching double figures 30 times in 32 games, including a pair of 30-point outings. He had a career-high 35 point game – the most by a Husker since 2008 – against Minnesota. Petteway had many of his best games against NU’s toughest opponents, averaging 20.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 12 games against top-50 RPI teams last season.

Petteway is joined on first team by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Caris LeVert of Michigan and the Wisconsin duo of Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. In addition, the conference released the top three teams in the preseason poll. Wisconsin was a unanimous choice to win the league with Michigan State and Ohio State picked second and third, respectively.

Husker basketball loses freshman Day for the season

Nebraska men’s basketball freshman forward B.J. Day suffered a season-ending injury, when he tore his ACL during practice this week. Day will miss this season and apply for a medical redshirt to have four years of eligibility remaining. Day, who is the son of former Husker standout Bernard Day, played at Lincoln Southeast High School, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season to earn second-team Class A all-state honors.