En route to hoops history

Creighton’s starters pose at the Durham Museum. From left are Jahenns Manigat, Grant Gibbs, Austin Chatman, Gregory Echenique and Doug McDermott. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Last week, I was tasked with creating portraits for our Creighton men’s basketball special section, which kicks off the NCAA tournament in Thursday’s paper.

Basketball faithful may recall last year’s photos involving the pep band, the Blue Crew and dozens of fans. Fun – but chaos!

We simplified a little this year, though 16 players and an equal number of World-Herald staffers still made for a busy hour at the Durham Museum.

Top row, from left: Joe Kelling, Ethan Wragge, Geoffrey Groselle, Andre Yates, Mogboluwaga Oginni, Taylor Stormberg, Jahenns Manigat and Josh Jones. Front row, from left: Will Artino, Nevin Johnson, Avery Dingman, Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Austin Chatman, Grant Gibbs and Alex Olsen. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Thanks to the players and the Durham staff, we were able to get some nice moments, including the following solo portrait of junior All-American Doug McDermott.


For the photo nerds out there, you can catch a glimpse of how the McDermott shot was made with thanks to staff photojournalist Brynn Anderson for her behind-the-scenes shots.



All my best to the Jays as they start tournament play in Philadelphia on Friday. Matt Miller will be courtside for the NCAA Tournament, so check back for more Bluejays coverage from us soon, including player interviews and video from the portrait session.

Front row, from left: Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Austin Chatman, Grant Gibbs and Jahenns Manigat. Left back, clockwise from left: Ethan Wragge, Andre Yates, Geoffrey Groselle, Mogboluwaga Oginni, Avery Dingman and Will Artino. Right back, clockwise from left: Nevin Johnson, Joe Kelling, Taylor Stormberg, Josh Jones and Alex Olsen. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

And a special thanks to all of the World-Herald people who lent a helping hand, including Jeff Bundy, Ryan Soderlin, Brynn Anderson, Kyle Benecke, Dave Elsesser, Tim Parks, Jay St. Pierre, Nick Piastowski, Graham Archer and many more.


Alyssa Schukar

About Alyssa Schukar

I have been a staff photojournalist at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2008. I'm from Lincoln and am a 2006 graduate of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, I worked as an assistant at Malone and Co., a commercial photography studio in Omaha. My favorite pictures are those that give insight on the life of an individual or family because I understand the world better through the experiences of the people I meet. It's always humbling to be allowed such intimate access. My most challenging assignments come in many forms. Funerals, especially those of soldiers, always are emotionally draining, but I try to approach people with respect and dignity. In my time at the paper, I have covered a wide variety of assignments, including the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard's deployments in Afghanistan, Husker football at home and away, portraits of wigs big and small, rodeo queen competitions and intimate views of everyday life and love. Follow me on twitter @OWHalyssa.
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