Isaiah Zierden cleared to go full speed

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Isaiah Zierden has had his first two seasons at Creighton shortened by injury.

A knee injury at the beginning of March put an end to his 2013-14 season. After taking on a larger role on a young Creighton team, Zierden was sidelined for the last 20 games of this past season after he suffered another injury to the same knee.

Zierden has been cleared to go full speed, according to Steven Pivovar of the Omaha World-Herald. However, Creighton coaching staff is limiting him to individual workouts.

“It’s all about being good to go on Oct. 3,” Zierden told Pivovar, referring to the start of practice. “It’s about being smart about the things I’m doing.”

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 9.5 points per game, shooting just under 40 percent from three, at the time of his season-ending injury. He and fellow guard James Milliken are the team’s top two returning scorers. They’ll be surrounded by a new-look, but talented back court.

Mo Watson (transfer) and Ronnie Harrell (redshirt) will both get on the floor for the Bluejays after spending the past season on the Creighton practice squad. Malik Albert, a junior college All-American, and three-star recruits, Khyri Thomas and Marlon Stewart, all join the program this season as well.

The perimeter got a chance to gel this summer during Creighton’s tour of Italy. Thomas, Albert and Watson all averaged double figures during the trip while Milliken and Harrell both made at least one start each during the three-game trip.

Creighton opens the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Texas Southern.