Creighton forward Doug McDermott said his injured left shoulder held up well during Friday’s practice and that he would be “good to go” for Sunday’s game against Xavier.
“It’s feeling a lot better than it did during the second half of the game on Tuesday,” McDermott said. “That’s a good sign. It’s gotten better each day.”
McDermott sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in Tuesday’s 81-62 win at DePaul. The two-time All-American missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but was back on the floor at Sokol Arena on Friday.
He participated in a limited number of group drills before spending the last half of the practice working on his shooting and conditioning.
“I really came in today expecting not to do anything,” McDermott said. “But once we got warmed up and I’m in my practice clothes, I feel it’s dumb not to practice.
“I really wanted to be out there. There were perhaps a few times when I got a little too aggressive, which Ben and my dad didn’t want to see. But I think by Sunday, it’s going to be feeling much better. Today was all good signs.”
Ben McNair, Creighton’s head athletic trainer, kept an eye on McDermott. So did the player’s father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott.
Greg McDermott said Friday’s workout went about as expected for his son.
“The doctor recommended very little contact, but get him moving,” the coach said. “Hopefully, we can extend him a little more tomorrow. He did a few live situations, but we didn’t want to risk it.”
Doug McDermott said he knows he’ll likely get bumped around some in Sunday’s game against the Musketeers, who come to CenturyLink Center tied with the Bluejays and Villanova for first place in the Big East.
“I’m not going to hold back,” he said. “It’s not really a serious injury, kind of like spraining your ankle. Over time, it’s just going to get better.”
McDermott was wearing a light brace on his shoulder at the start of Friday’s practice but ditched it about 10 minutes into the workout.
“I couldn’t stand it,” he said. “I think I’ll be fine by just trying to get it as loose as possible before the game."