Another day of high intensity practice. In a rather informal pre-practice press conference Coach Stan Heath expressed his pleasure at the energy and concentration his troops have been displaying. He noted that when he arrived for an early morning session this morning many of the guys were already here and out on the court working on their shooting. That pleased him.
In the scrimmage portion of today's practice (about half an hour of time) Pookie Modica excelled. He is just going to be a handful for the opponent to contend with this season. He hit several threes, a couple of pull-ups and a close-in basket or two.
Olu Famutimi had a nice day of practice.
You can see that he is rounding into playing form and is becoming more confident in his knee. He is letting the game come to him, but was shooting the ball very well today.
Mike Jones continues his hard work. He is clearly out to earn himself some playing time. And in the scrimmage Wen Mukubu was making things happen... a couple of baskets, some offensive boards, and setting some fierce screens.
Saw Billy Pharis hit a couple of threes and Preston Cranford and Kendrick Davis each hit one as well. Ronnie Brewer also had a good day. For a while Ronnie and Eric Ferguson were on the court together for the white team and it semed to work well.
The Hogs are definitely going to speed up the pace this year. Much of the drill work emphasizes getting the ball out quickly and hitting ahead for the easy basket whenever possible.
In the press conference Stan pointed out that last year the opponents tactic of shutting off the outlet pass to Ferguson took away many break opportunities. This year with several people on the court who can handle the ball that should be less successful.
In an early part of 5-on-5 work Rashard Sullivan was grabbing every board in sight.
Hoops Practice Update, 10/20
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