Milwaukee, WI – In the second half, Marquette cut Creighton’s lead to five with 7:27 to go in the game. After that point Creighton got key defensive stops, rebounds and executed their offense for an 85-70 victory.
Creighton’s offense is versatile, scoring in the fast break, shooting from three and finishing in the lane without a true big post player. The test will come for Creighton in the NCAA tournament. If they are not scoring well, can they get enough defensive stops to win a low scoring game? Creighton’s spread offense, with Doug McDermott, will be a serious threat in the NCAA tournament. Zero wins against a top 25 team and three lost against a top 25 teams at home will make it tough for Marquette to get into the NCAA tournament.
McDermott, a 6’8″, 225-pound senior forward, has a well-rounded offensive game. He can shoot well from the NBA three with or without a dribble well. McDermott can operate out of the mid post area very well. He also moves well without the ball and when doubled in the post he has the vision to make the pass to the open player. He will need to improve his ball handling at the NBA level. The biggest questions about McDermott at the NBA level are how much upside does he have? Will he guard small forwards or power forwards in the NBA? Never the less, with NBA teams spreading the floor, McDermott should be a first round pick.
Jahenns Manigat, a 6’1″, 180-pound senior guard from Creighton is shooting 44 percent from three but at professional level he might need to speed up his release. He can play both point and shooting guard positions but plays better when he is the shooting guard. He needs to improve on his inside scoring to step up his outside scoring.
Devin Brooks, a 6’2″, 175-pound junior guard from Creighton is an upper level prospect because of his quickness with the ball and ability in pick and roll situations. Brooks is best when the game is up tempo. Even though he comes off the bench, he makes an impact but to improve, he needs to stay in school to work on outside shooting, defense and playmaking in the half court.
Steven Siewert is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.