Omaha, Nep .: Ryan Kalkprenner moved to Omaha in June, where he began to develop his sport and body.
Creighton’s 7-foot novice center is already working hard.
Kalkbrenner turned another strong performance off the bench on Friday, scoring 14 points to help the ninth-ranked Blues take the lead over Kennaso State 93-58.
When we hired him, coach Greg McDermott said our expectation was that he would come in and make an impact if he did what he was supposed to do. He is absolutely delighted to coach. He asks, he soaks everything, asks brilliant questions, he understands the game.
Kalkbrenner took 7 for 8 off the ground and sank in four of the five possessions, with the Blues (3-0) initially at 23-4. He had six restarts, blocked two shots and stole everything in 15 minutes.
Prior to this year’s Big East season, Marcus Djokovic had 14 points to go with four points, four assists and two thefts. Six Crayon players scored in double figures.
The Blues signed Calprenner from St. Louis after rejecting scholarship offers from Kansas, Burdock and Stanford.
He demonstrated using an NCAA in Omaha in June COVID-19 The infection rule that allowed him to live for several weeks with assistant coach Paul Lusk and also do exercises in the garage of strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Anderson.
He’s skinny, but he’s 240-some pounds, McDermott said. He’s going to be better and better because he works at it, studies the game, and wants to be good.
Learning all about learning about the up-tempo offense of the Blues is a big adjustment, said Calcbrenner. As a backup for Christian Bishop, the opening player scored eight points in 11 minutes against North Dakota on Sunday and 10 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes against Omaha on Tuesday.
Everything we do, how we handle our crime, how we direct our security, ”said Calkbrenner. “Every game makes me feel more comfortable with what I do and play a little more freely without thinking too much about it.
Kenaso State (2-2) gave up only slight resistance after the first five minutes.
Towards the end of the first half, a pass from Denzel Mahoney was converted by Pelag into a layout. Mahoney then made a steal, with Jacob Ebersson hitting the ball to the left, where Balak headed in a 3-pointer 50-22 from over 30 feet.
Alex Peterson led the Owls with 14 points. Chris Young Blood 13, Spencer Rodgers 10.
The big picture
KENNASO STATE: The Owls have played the top 10 opponents since 2011, with the result predictable for a team that went 1-28 last season.
Creighton: If McDermott wanted to play a good time for a lot of guys, he accomplished it. The Blues have played two games against the opponents of the Summit League and one game from the Atlantic Sun. The schedule is now considerably harder.
Craydon recorded his worst win against a Division I opponent since South Carolina defeated Abstad 116-62 on December 20, 2017.… McDermott went nine deep into his bench in the first half, and 13 of his players had minutes in a game. The Blues took a 43-point lead.
NASA hosts Thomas University (Ga.) At an exhibition on Sunday in the state of Kenaso.
Creighton arrives in No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday.
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