So on Tuesday, they had their loaded squad scrimmage against a select squad that included a couple of former NBA players -- Tracy Murray and Jerome Williams.
While Murray and Williams certainly got their fair share of buckets, it was Nick Johnson that stole the show.
Nick Johnson, SG – Easily the best performer of the day, Johnson showed a much more advanced game than even from the summer. Using his athleticism he attacked the basket with vengeance and tried finishing through and over defenders.
While athleticism is one of his best attributes, it was his ability to shoot the ball that really impressed us. He's elevating on his jump shot, following through and is getting great rotation. He knocked down at least five three-pointers, plus a couple of mid-range pull-ups. The Findlay coaches have raved about his leadership and that stood out as well.
Myck Kabongo, PG – While Johnson was knocking down jump shots and trying to dunk on the opposition, Kabongo was slicing through the defense, scoring a number of crucial buckets when the game got tight. Kabongo does need to tone down the turnovers, but he's crafty and creative, especially when he's able to get out in the open court.
Amir Garrett, SF – Garrett, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, certainly had his moments during the scrimmage. Arguably his most impressive play of the day was a pickpocket that led to a highlight reel dunk on the other end. Garrett also mixed in a couple of spot-up jump shots and was especially active on the offensive glass trying to snag rebounds.
Anthony Bennett, PF – He's always been equipped with a pretty strong frame, but Bennett continues to add weight and strength to his body. He has wide shoulders, long arms and is a major athlete. Although he showed he could step out and knock down jumpers, he did a lot of work inside looking to grab rebounds for put back opportunities.
Winston Sheppard, PF – There aren't many guys as active as Sheppard, a 6-foot-7 power forward. He plays hard, goes after every rebound and seems to always be all over the place. Offensively he forces the issue at times, but he shot the ball pretty well, knocking down three three-pointers and got some things done inside.
Nigel Goss-Williams, PG – Overall we liked what we saw out of Goss-Williams, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, originally out of Portland (Ore.). He shoots the ball fairly well off the catch, but where we were most impressed was his creativeness in the open court. He's a skilled guard that sees the floor well and has a nice pull-up floater.
Landen Lucas got the start for Findlay, but didn't play a ton. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound center prospect got on the board with a tip-in, but for the most part was strapped with foul trouble. Kevin Casper, a 6-foot, 175-pound guard, showed a quick trigger and shot the ball well from long range. While he didn't spend much time on the ball, he did push it at every opportunity.
Amir Garrett took a trip to Oregon this past weekend. The Ducks had a pair of assistants on hand to check him out. He's also considering St. John's.