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"I've been a little surprised to find that Doug McDermott's decision to return to Omaha for his senior season hasn't translated into more respect for Creighton as a team heading into 2013-14. The last I checked, McDermott was kind of an important player for the Bluejays, and Ethan Wragge and Jahenns Manigat are nothing if not well versed in the art of seizing opportunities created by McDermott's prominence on offense. Yes, losing Gregory Echenique will be tough. The big guy was much better than commonly realized on the offensive glass, and he swatted away a fair number of shots as well. But, Echenique averaged just 23 minutes a game, so we've already seen what the Bluejays will look like without him. In fact, they were without him almost half the time in 2012-13. Whether or not Grant Gibbs is granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, I'm wagering that head coach Greg McDermott will be able to scare up a serviceable pass-first point guard one way or another. With perhaps the best offensive player in Division I, Creighton will be a top-25 team."