Jason Isaacson admits he was a bit nervous.
When a new NCAA rule allowed for practice time between basketball coaches and their players over the summer, Isaacson worried that Creighton players might not continue their long-running attendance at the Metro Summer Basketball League.
“UNI backed out of a league in Des Moines,” said Isaacson, the director of the league. “So I was nervous. But the Creighton coaches, they like the league. And they think they get something out of it.”
Past, present and future Jays will be on rosters in the league, which starts its season Thursday at Omaha Sports Academy. And there are some intriguing teams for fans to watch.
One of the more loaded rosters includes former Creighton stars Nate Funk, Antoine Young and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver teaming up with CU All-American Doug McDermott on the Judd Knispel Agency roster.
Isaacson said every Creighton player but center Gregory Echenique is slated to take part in the league. Echenique is playing with the Venezuelan national team in Olympic qualifying this summer.
Another team heavy on fan appeal is Bank of Nebraska, which includes new Husker and former Omaha Central star Deverell Biggs, former NU standout Wes Wilkinson and ex-Creighton forward Justin Carter. Also, former Husker teammates Ryan Anderson and Lance Jeter are on the NE Hoops team.
“There’s some good teams,” Isaacson said. “That’ll make for some good matchups.”
Isaacson said in the future he would like to see some of Nebraska coach Tim Miles’ players in the league.
“I hope to work with Coach Miles and work out a way to get them playing,” Isaacson said.
All games are free to the public. One change this summer will be game times and, later in the season, the days games are played.
Games will be played at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. every Thursday of the regular season. There will also be games Tuesday, July 10, at 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
The playoffs will be July 17, 24 and 26.
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