Banter Recap and ATR–6/29/09

June 29, 2009

I figured today as I recap the Bluejay Banter radio show from yesterday, I would also throw in some links of interest in a little Around the Rim.

Bluejay Banter recap

  • A nice interview with Lance Wilkerson from Evansville TV and Radio.  I nice preview of the incoming players for the Purple Aces squad and their chances for next season.
  • Later in the show, Mary Simmons from Evansville took some time from a father/son camp to talk.  Very entertaining.
  • A great interview with Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen.  In the interview it appears within the next couple of seasons there is a good possibility of a home-home matchup with Vanderbilt and LSU.    There is also one game left to schedule for the Jays this season which is expected as Coach Altman likes to hold one game late to see if a high level team needs to fill a game late.  If necessary the Jays will go on the road for this game this season depending on the opponent available.    (With the Jays also already bringing back St. Joesph’s in 2010-11, the home schedule that season is starting to look quite favorable in 2010-11) Also a lot of great info with the new Ryan Center and the new baseball stadium stuff.

Around the Rim

  • Northern Iowa’s Lucas O’Rear has decided to stay at UNI for this upcoming season.  Very interesting the different scenario’s presented to him and UNI keeping him from going to another Valley school for baseball.
  • Gregggg Marshall seems to be pretty happy with what he as built and Wichita may be interesting for the next couple of seasons.
  • Summer workouts–with the Jays not in Summer League this season, the Jays are having their own private summer workouts, so it is hard to know how they are looking and I don’t know if media types or others are let in to see them play some pickup games.  However some have had looks at other teams.  See New Mexico (who the Jays play at The Pit this season) and Wichita St.
  • This was just funny to me.  See what the University of Iowa is doing to provide incentives for students to attend athletic events.   Lunchboxes and stickers?  Is this junior high?
  • The Jay’s odds to win the 2010 NCAA tournament?  Vegas has their say.
  • Coaches Twittering…Jim Les and Chris Lowery do it.   Marty Simmons might be next to join the Valley coaches who Twitter.  Any Creighton coaches?

Also, Booker Woodfox did not get drafted last week in the NBA draft.  Anyone know where he is headed for Summer League?  I would imagine he will get a shot on some NBA Summer League team.    Also Kyle Korver has until tomorrow to decide if he is staying in Utah or not.  Things I have heard say he is leaning toward staying.  Should be interesting.


Bluejay Banter for 6/28/09

June 26, 2009

This week on Bluejay Banter, it will be a full show.  Tim and Heath will be jumping into a smorgasbord of things:

  • Start previewing the Men’s Basketball teams in the Valley for 2009-10.  The first team up is Evansville
  • Lance Wilkerson that does Aces TV and Radio will be on to discuss Evansville’s chances.
  • Evansville head coach Marty Simmons will be on the show.
  • Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen will be on the show to talk about scheduling, the new ballpark, and more.

It looks like a full show on Sunday at 10AM on 1620 AM and online at http://1620thezone.com Check it out.

Note: Cavel Witter will be on the show July 5th along with Art Hains of Missouri St.


NBA Draft Tonight–Woodfox be drafted?

June 25, 2009

Tonight is the NBA draft.  The last Bluejay to be drafted was Kyle Korver.  Could Booker Woodfox be next?

Last week, Booker worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks.  Milwaukee was his third pre-draft workout and he had a few more lined up before tonight.  After the workout, the official Bucks NBA website had interviews with each of the players that worked out.  Here is what Booker had to say about his workout:

On today’s workout…
“I played alright. I did pretty well in the shooting games, but my shot wasn’t really falling in the full-court games and the half-court games. I played hard and gave it my all.”

On what he’d bring to the Bucks…
“Just energy. Get everybody going, and just try to help out as much as I can, whatever position I’m in.”

On future workouts…
“I’ve had three so far. I got a few more workouts coming up. My agent is supposed to let me know about those tomorrow.”

On the Bucks workout compared to other workouts…
“It was the best one. It was short and sweet. Everybody went hard and that’s what I like. Everybody played together and we all did well.”

Then Bucks Director of Player Personnel Dave Babcock had this to say about Booker’s workout:

Booker Woodfox – “Just like (Mike)Rose (who also worked out), he’s a shooter. I don’t think he’s a draftable guy, per se, but he did a nice job today.”

It will be interesting to see what happens tonight.  I’m sure Booker will get invited to a summer league camp as a free agent and given an opportunity.  Otherwise, I’m sure he will get an opportunity somewhere overseas and the fans in Europe can enjoy the sweet shot of Booker Woodfox.  Like Booker’s sister says from her Twitter–

“All we can do is wait…nba workout with milwaukee bucks june19th..NBA or Overseas? Either way im happy for my bro! Booker Woodfox all day!”

Good luck to Booker tonight.


Basketball Standard Changing in Omaha

June 24, 2009

The landscape of basketball in Omaha has drastically changed in the past few months.  Have you ever seen the elite basketball prospects in the nation work out in Omaha?  Have you ever seen several NBA players work a basketball camp in Omaha, much less Nebraska?  Well folks, with the opening of the Omaha Health and Wellness Academy, there may be a lot more of this happening here in Omaha.

The Omaha Health and Wellness Academy is providing personal development in the areas of athletic training, skill-set development, education, and nutrition. By incorporating exclusive business procedures with professionally established wellness programs and recreational activities, the OHWA provides the greater Omaha area with affordable opportunities that encourage physical and mental health advancement.  The OHWA works with professional, collegiate, and high school players throughout the region.  In fact, with the new off-season training program that you have been reading about this summer that the Jays have been taking part in, the OHWA is a large part of that program.

Now you may ask, what does this have to do with Creighton Basketball and why am I even posting about it?  It has EVERYTHING to do with Creighton Basketball.  Keep these things in mind:

  • Top High School talent will come here to take part in several developmental camps which can help recruiting.  Showcasing their skills in Omaha and bringing the recruits here can let them become acclimated to Omaha and want to come here.
  • Continued work with current and professional basketball players. The OHWA works with many NBA players and many have expressed coming to Omaha to continue to develop their game.
  • Developing local talent from grade school into high school to develop more potential recruits from Nebraska, thus opportunities for Creighton to keep local talent is increased.
  • There are partner programs related to this new one in Omaha located in Texas and California.  So having Nebraska third on the list provides a great opportunity for Omaha.

One of their many upcoming events includes a Midwest Spotlight and Developmental Combine July 21-23.  This combine was supposed to be last week, but due to the overwhelming response, the dates have been changed for this to July 23rd-25th and there is still an opportunity to take part.  Here are the different things that are going on:

Midwest Spotlight and Developmental Combine
(Listen to the radio spot)

  • OHWA Midwest Middle School Select Spotlight – July 23-25th where 7th and 8th graders get to work with NBA Legend John Lucas
  • OHWA Advanced Skills and Drills – July 23-25th with professional OHWA Staff  Adam Barnes and Kevin Melcher- (Grades 6-11 – Boys) and Professional Consultant and Houston Jaguars Coach Louis Ray / Tiffany Jones (Grades 6-11 – Girls).  It sounds like a couple of Top 100 players will be in attendance which would be a first for Omaha.
  • OHWA Advanced Skills Academy for College/Pro Players – July 23-25th.  Creighton players and some NBA players will be taking part in this part of the combine.
  • OHWA Dedication Day Camp – July 25th which would be for 1st-5th grade boys and Girls

Then to cap off the day, there will be a Charity All-Star Exhibition at 6:30PM on the 25th at Omaha South High School.  As basketball fans and Creighton fans, you will want to take part in this.  Rosters are being finalized and names of who will be playing will be released over the next few weeks.  It will feature numerous celebrities, professional players, and the area’s top talent.  Spud Webb is confirmed at this point, and there will be former Nebraska and Creighton players also on the roster.  If there are any former Creighton players that will be playing, I’ll be sure to get that out there.   But get your tickets now because I can imagine that the gym will be packed for this one.  Tickets are only $10.

The whole combine will be based at Omaha South, but when the Academy gets their new facility built, the Omaha Health and Wellness Academy will be able to have their programs at their peak level.  This combine is only one of many events that will be brought to the Midwest.  They focus strictly on camps, clinics, small group work, and 1 on 1 development.  Exposure is great, but it means nothing if you don’t have the talent to perform.  This first event is a great opportunity for the people of Omaha and Nebraska to show that we want this type of thing in town.   Plus it is affordable.   I for one welcome it and hope you do too.  Sign up your kids for the combine, get the chance to work with professional players and sit back and enjoy a great night of basketball.   Currently with the relationship Creighton has already made with this organization, in the long run they will have the opportunity to reap the benefits.


Bluejay Banter Recap–6/21/09

June 22, 2009

If you were not able to hear the Bluejay Banter radio show live on Sunday, here is what you missed:

  • Tim and Heath put in their early predictions on the MVC standings for next season.  They each had their own rankings, but here was their consensus rankings:
  1. Creighton
  2. Illinois St.
  3. Northern Iowa
  4. Southern Illinois
  5. Wichita St.
  6. Indiana St.
  7. Bradley
  8. Drake
  9. Missouri St.
  10. Evansville

Now, I’m not an expert, but if Bradley really finishes in the bottom half, then Jim Les will be looking for a job.  At this point, Jim Les has the most tenure in the Valley behind Dana Altman and I think Bradley fans are getting a little impatient after slowly falling down since their Sweet 16 appearance.  Sam Singh does get a 6th year of eligibility coming this season, though I don’t think that will necessarily help.

There was a big discussion about who was bringing back the most talent.  Northern Iowa looks to have most everyone coming back according to Heath, but Tim thinks Creighton and Illinois St. will have the most.  They didn’t discuss this, but it is possible that Lucas O’Rear might actually leave Northern Iowa if he gets a better opportunity with Baseball.

  • A great interview with Chad Millard–Pitino vs. Altman, who is the tougher coach to play for?  I don’t want to mince words, so you can listen to the podcast.   But a lot of great insight.
  • A bunch of quick hitters on other topics of discussion–Like the Nebraska non-conference schedule, Nick Bahe, Booker Woodfox nba workout, P’Allen Stinnett chasing Rodney Buford, .
  • There was a nice plug to this site.

Bluejay Banter for 6/21/09

June 18, 2009

On the Bluejay Banter radio show this week, Tim and Heath will be focusing largely on Bluejay basketball.  Check out what they are talking about.

  • Chad Millard will be on the show to talk about the offseason and how workouts are going.
  • A preview of the 2009-10 Missouri Valley Conference and some early predictions.
  • They will be taking your phone calls and e-mail with your predictions as well.
  • Cavel Witter may also make an appearance

Be sure to check out the show on Sunday at 10AM locally on 1620 AM or or listen live at 1620thezone.com .  If you miss the live broadcast, you can access the podcasts from bluejaybanter.com or use the links located in the right column here.  Go Jays!


Around the Rim–6/17/09

June 17, 2009

There have been a lot of speculation by many sites this week on the different teams in the Valley.  Take a look at all the opinions.

  • A Bradley fan that writes for the Examiner is having his own Fantasy draft of MVC players.  He took P’Allen Stinnett #1.  He evaluated the Valley coaches and gave Dana Altman the only A grade with Jim Les on the same level as Gregg Marshall.  He also conducted a survey on Valley favorites.  Now after reading all of this, I am getting the feeling he might be a Creighton fan hiding behind that Bradley cap.
  • A new Southern Illinois fan website is around now and they took the Valley coach evaluation and took it a step farther by including the whole coaching staffs.  Dana Altman and his staff come out on top there while their own Chris Lowery and his staff come in at 6th.  They are about to put up a post on ranking the Valley basketball facilities/arenas.
  • Creighton and Nebraska may be looking at Elliott Eliason from Chadron, but Tubby Smith and Minnesota are trying to lure him to the Gophers as well.
  • Looks like Kenton Walker is headed to St. Mary’s.
  • 3 new rule changes for next season.  It will be interesting to see how this affects all the charges Creighton players take.
  • Will Kyle Korver’s record go down?  Well, kickball record that is.
  • We all may know that Omaha is submitting a proposal to again host the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA Tournament for one of the seasons in 2011, 2012, or 2013 well Wichita is now throwing their hat into the ring.