The Creighton Bluejays took care of business on Thursday night, beating Nebraska 64-42 in Lincoln, but plenty would understand if their minds and hearts were occupied with the status of teammate Josh Jones.
Jones passed out during pregame warmups some 35 minutes before the game, a frightening situation when considering his past heart issues.
According to a statement released by Creighton this morning, Jones’ condition has been stabilized and he’s being transported back to Omaha for more tests.
“Josh’s condition has stabilized and he is in the process of being transferred to Omaha for additional testing. His health is our number one priority right now, but he will be off the court until results of some further testing comes in. We appreciate the support and well-wishes from across the state and nation, and look forward to his return to health.” – Greg McDermott
“I want to let everyone know that I am in good spirits and doing well. The support from Bluejay nation has been overwhelming and proves what the Creighton family is all about.” – Josh Jones
Jones hasn’t had any heart issues since infective endocarditis led to open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve in October 2007, but as coach McDermott noted in his brief postgame comment Thursday night the history means that Creighton will exercise caution in dealing with Jones’ health issue.
Jones has been a valuable reserve for the Bluejays this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, but how much Creighton loses with him out of the rotation isn’t as important as his health.
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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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