Kilpatrick showed a nice crossover move and an ability and desire to get into the lane. That aggressiveness led to plenty of free throw attempts and Kilpatrick made the most of it, going 9-10 from the charity stripe. He was also 9-20 from the field and 1-6 from three-point land while playing the whole game.
Head coach Mick Cronin has had high praise for Kilpatrick, and on Wednesday he showed why. Kilpatrick, a red-shirt freshman, has a Big East body and the athleticism need to compete at this level. He also seems to have a good feel for the game with some solid ball handling, nice passes and can seemingly do everything on the court. However, like most on this Cincinnati team, he needs to work on his shooting.
Arriving late for the game was freshman Justin Jackson, a 6' 8" power forward. Jackson is a long, athletic player with a lot of energy. He only recorded one block in 20 minutes but it was an impressive one, jumping above another defender in front of him to swat the ball.
Jackson is quick off his feet, but seems a little eager to go for the block as he left his feet seemingly as often as possible and had some trouble finishing early on.
The freshman went 3-6 from the field for nine points and 3-5 from the line while securing five rebounds, two on the offensive end which led to a layup and a dunk.
Jackson looks to have all the tools, but needs to slow down a little bit and let the game come to him a little more.
Also on the Slats team for UC was guard Anthony McBride. McBride played the entire game and went 4-8 from the field for eight points and 10 rebounds.
McBride showed a nice mid-range game and court awareness, but is still probably another year from really contributing at the Big East level.
Despite S.I. Pool care playing 13 players, Wilks racked up 25 pretty nice minutes. He went 7-12 from the field and 2-4 from downtown for 16 points. He also blocked two shots.
McClain also had a nice game, asserting his height for 10 points and five rebounds on 4-6 shooting in 13 minutes. If McClain can maintain some aggressiveness and stay strong with the ball, he could finally be a factor for the Bearcats.