Hoops Pickup Game Report

HI.com basketball writer Don Oglesby is a regular at summer pickup games. His reports have always detailed the happings around the basketball court. Here's what he's seen so far this summer, including reports on some freshman signees on-hand for the summer games.

Now that some of the frosh are on campus the pickup games are taking on a whole new hue. Present today were Modica, Ferguson and Davis. Someone arrived as the games were ending tonight who I believe was probably Rashard Sullivan. Wenbos Mukubu is expected Sunday.

Tonight's games were not much of a test, since the three freshmen were meeting each other for the first time. Nevertheless, the newcomers are impressive. Signee Eric Ferguson is the real deal ... does all the things you want a point guard to do. Pushes the ball upcourt on the break, finds the open man, penetrates, shoots threes and plays defense. Based on an hour's observation he looked like the best player on the court. But Jonathan Modica more than held his own. He's so strong, runs the court exceptionally well, and of course finishes much like Brandon Dean. Showed a better 3-point shot than I have seen in previous games.

Davis' shot wasn't falling tonight, but he's very fluid and looks like a player. His movement on the court reminds me of Ron Heury, but faster in the open court. There was another point guard on the court that I didn't know (I was watching the pro draft on the arena tv's, so was too far away to be sure, but it might have been Dedrick Poole.) Whoever it was was impressive. Handled well and knocked down three after three. If not Poole, it may be some other player from the area. I'll try to find out Monday.

Also on hand today was Tyrone Nelson, a 6'10" forward from the Houston area whom we are recruiting for next year's class. He played in the pickup game and showed a nice, fluid game. Rebounded pretty well and in shootarond showed nice range on his jumper. He's slender, but not skinny.

As for the returning players, all are here except Carl Baker, though Blake Eddins didn't play. Baker didn't attend the first summer session, but I believe he is expected back for the second session. Of the returners, plus "B" Davis, who also played, guess who showed the most tonight... Berry Jordan. Blocked countless shots, was very aggressive to the boards for numerous rebound slams and even hit a couple threes. Mike Jones played well, and Dionisio Gomez really looks comfortable on the wing. Neither Alonzo Lane nor Larry Satchell did a lot, but both were working hard and grabbed some boards. Chuck Tatum was on hand and of course is still VERY stiff legged. Don't see how he could possibly play this season, and of ccourse that was expected.

Ron Brewer spoke to the campers this afternoon... spoke for about 40 minutes and seemed to have the full attention of the campers.


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