Around the Rim–7/20/08

Well, a week away on vacation and a Jay leaves the program and a little more schedule news:

  • As most followers of the program probably know already, JC transfer Tom Whitehead has left Creighton after finding out he wouldn’t be granted a scholarship by coach Altman for this year. Whitehead admitted he didn’t work hard enough in practice after joining the team in January and had gotten out of shape. He said he thought that he had picked up the intensity after returning to Omaha in June and he felt as if he was making progress during summer workouts. We are really only hearing one part of the story since Coach Altman isn’t really talking about the situation. That’s too bad. He was consistently playing pretty hard it seemed in all of the summer league games and showed up to play each week. You wonder if there was someone else in mind for the scholarship instead of Whitehead, but Altman said “”We have no plans to do that. I’m not saying we won’t, but at this time, we’re not planning on bringing anyone else in.” I guess time will tell. At this point it sounds like Tom will be trying to play at Dixie State and see where things go from there.
  • I guess all the Jays took vacation this week as well as most of them did not play in the summer league games this last week of “pool” play. This next week (26th) is the start of the Tournament which should garner a little excitement and expect that most of the key people will be there for their respective teams. Also a little note that the format for summer league next year will be tweaked a little bit. Next year there will be two different divisions, an elite division and a small college division. There is just too much difference between the two to benefit either level.
  • Anthony Tolliver has been playing well for the San Antonio Spurs NBA summer league team. One Eastern Conference executive is convinced that Anthony Tolliver will make San Antonio’s roster as a “shooting 4-man.” In two games of the Rocky Mountain Revue league, AT has been starting and playing some good minutes.  To see the rest of the schedule and a link to watch the games already played and live, you can to go the Rocky Mountain Revue site.
  • Another piece of the scheduling picture has come out as Depaul has released their non-conference schedule. As we all know, Depaul is part of the Las Vegas Classic the Jays are playing in around Christmas time. For Depaul’s opening round games, they are playing Liberty (Dec. 17th) and Southern (Dec. 19th) So it appears those might be dates for the Jays playing at home as well in their opening games. It is still a wait to see who the Jays get between Liberty, Southern, South Carolina Upsate and Northern Colorado.

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