OMAHA — Creighton basketball is still here. It’s understandable if you haven’t thought about them for the last two years, but the Bluejays are ready to make you remember them again. They never actually left, but they’re intent on being back. When a place is home to one of the greatest careers in a generation, it’s hard not to see it as empty once that career is gone. It’s going to be difficult, maybe even impossible, to separate Creighton basketball from Doug McDermott any time soon. And Creighton doesn’t really want to be separated from him, of course. He captured the attention of a nation and electrified the sport during his time in this city better known for college baseball than hoops. Creighton,
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Rihanna headlined the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia last month, and some of the national champion Villanova Wildcats wanted to go. The Wildcat who runs this town tonight – and maybe forever – just felt like staying home. Kris Jenkins needed a break from the fans who know him as Big Smooth. He just needed peace. Could it be, Jenkins bigger than Jay Z? “In this town,” teammate Josh Hart said, laughing, “definitely.” Hart made the show and bumped into fans who suddenly recognized the Wildcats, not just because they were the big men on the Main Line campus, but because of their increased visibility as the reigning NCAA national champions. Hart can’t blame Jenkins
Greg Oden last played professional basketball in China in 2015. It’s been 869 days since the last time Greg Oden saw action during an NBA game. The Indianapolis Star’s Dana Hunsinger Benbow recently caught up with Oden, the former Indiana Mr. Basketball and 7-foot phenom once touted as the sport’s next great big man.