OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team met the media on Thursday, Oct. 17th, at the Joseph J. Vinardi Athletic Center. Below are some notes for the team, as well as nine interviews. Interviews should be credited to "Creighton Athletics" if used.
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball Media Day Notes - Creighton returns four starters and 11-of-17 lettermen from last year’s team. Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.) is the lone starter to depart, while reserves Josh Jones, Nevin Johnson, Andre Yates, Taylor Stormberg and Joe Kelling were the other losses. - Creighton returns 94.5 percent of its three-point baskets, 90.1 percent of its assists, 81.5 percent of its points, 81.1 percent of its minutes, 80.0 percent of its starts, 79.8 percent of its field goals, 79.8 percent of its made free throws, 76.4 percent of its steals, 74.5 percent of its rebounds and 28.3 percent of its blocked shots. - Creighton was picked to finish third in a BIG EAST Conference preseason poll of coaches released Wednesday, trailing only Marquette and Georgetown. This is the 14th straight year Creighton has been picked to finish in the top-four of its league, something it’s done each of the past 17 years. - Creighton announced it was ending a 54-year run in the Missouri Valley Conference on March 20th and joined the BIG EAST on July 1, 2013. As members of the MVC, Creighton won 15 regular-season titles and 12 conference tournament crowns. - Senior Doug McDermott was the team’s lone preseason All-BIG EAST Conference pick, earning unanimous Preseason Player of the Year honors as well. It’s the third straight year he’s been honored as a Preseason Conference Player of the Year after living up to the billing the previous two seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference. - Doug McDermott enters his senior season owning Creighton records for career points, field goals and three-point percentage. He has led the nation in field goals made each of the past two years, and last year led the nation in points scored as well. Of his 811 career field goals, he’s made 370 shots off the backboard and 110 with his left-hand. Last year McDermott became the first junior in MVC history to score his 2,000th career point, and joined basketball legends Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only MVC men to ever score 2,000 points in their first three seasons. - Doug McDermott has been named a consensus First Team All-American each of the past two years, and this year he can join Tyler Hansbrough as the only three-time consensus First Team All-Americans since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale did it from 1983-85. - Today marks exactly 175 days since Doug McDermott announced he would be returning for his senior year and bypass the NBA draft. First announced via his Twitter feed (@dougmcd3), “I will be returning to Creighton for my senior year and can’t wait to put on that uniform for one more season!”, that tweet has generated more than 3,350 retweets. - Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott, who owns an 80-30 mark entering his fourth year with the Bluejays. CU’s 57 wins the past two seasons and 80 wins the past three years are the most for a two- and three-year stretch in program history. - Creighton’s 57 wins the previous two seasons rank tied for seventh nationally, trailing only Louisville, Syracuse, Kanssa, Ohio State, Kentucky and Gonzaga. - Senior Grant Gibbs is back after being awarded a rare sixth year of eligibility on July 2nd due to a pair of injuries suffered while at Gonzaga before transferring to Creighton. Gibbs led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists each of the last two years. Of his 386 assists at Creighton, 177 have led to baskets by Doug McDermott. Gibbs has also assisted on154 career three-pointers to his CU teammates. His 210 helpers last season were the most by a Bluejay since 1973-74. - By the time Grant Gibbs learned he had won his appeal for a sixth-year (July 2nd), Creighton had filled up its allotment of scholarships. To make room for Gibbs to be put back on scholarship, Doug McDermott offered to give up his scholarship and is now the most-decorated walk-on in college basketball history. - Ethan Wragge returns after being named MVC Sixth Man of the Year last season. He ranks third in CU history with 224 career three-pointers, compared to 24 career two-point baskets. Wragge was named Creighton’s Carl M. Reinert Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year last spring. - Creighton boasts one of the nation’s most experienced starting line-ups. Doug McDermott has started all 110 games of his college career. Jahenns Manigat owns 86 consecutive starts (and 87 career), Grant Gibbs owns 71 straight starts (and 72 career) and Austin Chatman started all 36 games a season ago. In addition, Ethan Wragge started seven games as a true freshman in 2009-10, giving CU a combined 312 career starts. - Creighton has made the postseason each of the last 16 years. The only other seven schools that can say it are Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. - Creighton has ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance each of the past two seasons, including a program-record 17,155 per game last season. That figure ranked ahead of 14 NBA teams and marked the seventh consecutive campaign the Bluejays have finished in the top-25. - Creighton’s 353 wins in the last 15 years are 27 more than any other returning BIG EAST Conference school (Marquette). - Creighton’s 232 wins in the last 10 years are 3 more than any other returning BIG EAST Conference school (Marquette). - Creighton’s 125 wins in the last 5 years are 3 more than any other returning BIG EAST Conference school (Marquette). - Creighton has won 20 or more games in 14 of the past 15 years. Only Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida have a streak of 15 or longer. - Creighton has won 10 or more conference games in each of the last 17 seasons. - Creighton will enter its 11th season at CenturyLink Center Omaha this winter. The Bluejays are 145-25 all-time at the facility, including 41 wins in which it never trailed. - Creighton Athletics can be followed on Twitter at @GoCreighton. 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