Wildcats invade the TSPL

Saturday was the first appearance by current Wildcats at the Tucson Summer Pro League. Four Wildcats hit the floor, while six others watched from the sidelines.

Jordan Hill, Jawann McClellan, Nic Wise and Fendi Onobun were on the court, while David Bagga, Kirk Walters, Laval Lucas-Perry, Jerryd Bayless, Alex Jacobson and Zane Johnson watched. The game pitted Hill, McClellan and former Wildcat Kelvin Eafon against Wise, Onobun and Corey Williams. Actually, Wise was a tad late getting to the game and had to check in a few minutes in. When the smoked cleared size won out, with Hill and McClellan's team posting a 91-73 win.

Hill was the game's high scorer, pumping in 36 points. He was by far and away the tallest player on the floor, oftentimes going up against the 6-7 Williams, who is a small forward by trade. Hill did not necessarily show off any impressive moves, mostly because he did not have to. Most of his points came off of dunks and put backs, but he did show off his athleticism, occasionally putting the ball on the floor and running the court on breaks.

He may have had the play of the day when he attempted an over the head lob to McClellan, but accidentally scored the bucket instead.

McClellan scored 29, getting a better workout trying to shake Onobun. He played all three perimeter spots, including a little point guard. Although he did knock down a few long range jumpers, the bulk of his scoring came off the dribble.

He looks a little lighter than a year ago and says his knees are feeling better.

Onobun had 26 in a losing cause. He mostly played on the wing, but was most effective down low and in transition. The Wildly athletic player had the day's best dunks, including a couple of sweet windmill throwdowns.

Wise played pass first point all day long. He only scored 11 points, but did a nice job getting his teammates involved. Wise is 17 pounds lighter than last year and is noticeably leaner, but still strong.

Walters and Bagga were not medically cleared to play. Walters is still recovering from the effects of mono. He admits to feeling better, and has played some pick-up, but is not quite ready for a full 5-on-5 game. Bagga suffered a concussion a few weeks ago and is not medically cleared.

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