Hoop Notes: 11/15

The Cats are just days away from the start of the regular season. The team will play one more exhibition game before flying off to Maui to face the Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of the Maui Classic. Here are some of the latest happening around the team.


The Cats will not face the University of Alberta but will again host Team Georgia. Team Georgia is made up of former players from schools like Georgia State, SE Louisiana, Stetson, Cumberland and Wartburg College. The two biggest names are former Georgia wing Adrian Jones and Florida wing Brian Thompson.

Team Georgia is a last second replacement and were scheduled to have their first workout on Tuesday.

They do have great size. Five players are 6-8 or taller. Six players on the squad weigh over 230 pounds.

"They have a lot of talent," Lute Olson said. "They have good size and good quickness."


Olson said that the starting line-up on Wednesday will be:
PG Mustafa Shakur
SG Chris Rodgers
SF Hassan Adams
PF Ivan Radenovic
C Isaiah Fox

Olson noted that the starting jobs were not based on rebounding totals but on how well the players played this week in practice.


Olson also said that sophomore Bret Brielmaier would get a long look in the game. Olson wants to see just how well the former walk-on does in a game situation with some significant minutes.

"Bret continues to impress," Olson said. "We want to get a good look at him."


Olson indicated that Marcus Williams will see some time at the four to see if that is an option for the freshman. In the new system there is not much difference between a three and a four other than the defensive assignments.

At 6-7 Williams has the height to play inside but lacks the bulk. Olson said that the move could be most effective with he and Hassan Adams on the floor because Adams is able to guard bigger post players.

Williams did play inside in high school but was recruited as a wing.

Williams also mentioned that he was looking forward to playing Kansas. Fellow Seattle prepster Micah Downs and Williams had some epic battles in high school.


Fendi Onobun had his best week of practice this past week but his status is still up in the air. Onobun said he'd prefer not to redshirt but will if that is what Olson and the staff feel is best. Olson said it would be left to the player and his family and Fendi noted that of he has a chance to contribute at all this season that playing spot minutes would be preferable to sitting out.

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