Williams was simply electrifying, slamming home an alley-oop from McGee in the first half, before hammering one home over Brad Gianiny on the fast break in the second half. But it was his improved outside shooting – he hit 3 three-pointers after intermission – that opened many eyes. Overall, Williams hit 12-22 shots, and had a team leading 11 rebounds.
McGee was just as impressive. Starting next to Dean in the Red backcourt, the 5-foot-11 newcomer hit 11-18 shots, including 4-6 three's, and handed out 3 assists in 38 minutes. "I really haven't had great point guards," Pitino said. "Andre is not like a lot of people I've coached. He's terrific."
But Pitino cautioned fans not to read too much into the eye-popping offensive numbers from his newcomers.
"It's a little bit fools gold," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after the scrimmage. "Any time you see freshmen shooting those percentages then you realize the team is not playing defense. But there were a lot of good things tonight. I was impressed with the overall ability of the players, but Taquan Dean is the only guy playing the type of defense that we want."
Dean hit 10-18 shots, 4-9 from beyond the arch. He also grabbed 8 rebounds, and handed out six assists in 40 minutes of action. Not bad for a guy who made a round trip to New York and back before the scrimmage.
"These games really mean nothing," said Dean. "Last year, Otis George probably broke the record in here. It's fun to get out here and play. But we have a lot of defensive improvement to make."
Andre McGee scored 28 points,
hitting 4-6 three-pointers.
"Jonathan has tremendous offensive potential, but he can't guard or block out anybody," said Pitino. "He's a great shooter with range. He's a lot like (Kevin Pittsnogle), he has the ability to pick and pop like him."
Pitino was also impressed with Millard's all-around play.
"He understands how to play the game, he gets it," Pitino said of Millard. "He knows how to make the extra pass, and he's also going to be very good. The great thing about this class is that I couldn't tell you who will be the best someday. Four years down the road, I couldn't tell who will be the best one out of this group."
As good as the freshmen were offensively, Pitino said the rookies have much to learn on defense.
"They have the desire to do it," Pitino said of his freshmen's willing to learn his defensive schemes. "They just have to learn it. But they're great, I'm really pleased with the freshmen. They're a tremendous class. But it's easy to put on a show when you're going against no one defensively. If this team could ever get it at the defensive end the sky's limit for their potential."
6-9 Brian Johnson, who redshirted last year, saw only 20 minutes of action for the Red team. He had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
"He's going to play 3 or 4 minutes at a time," Pitino said. "He's going to rebound, and he'll play good basketball."
Perrin Johnson had 20 points, while Brandon Jenkins scored 17 for the White. Jenkins, however, struggled with his shooting, connecting on just 3-12 shots from the field. He was 11-12 from the free throw line.
The Red out-shot the White 58 to 42 percent, and out-rebounded them 45-33.
The game was fairly competitive during the first 20 minutes and the Red led 51-42 at the break. However, things got out of hand in second half as the Red built a commanding lead. At that point, Pitino told the crowd that the Red team was Kentucky and they should start cheering for the White.
"This (team) has tremendous potential," Pitino said. "This is a great freshmen class. If you look at the talent that's already out here, then add Padgett and Palacios – that's a pretty good ball club."
Neither Padgett or Palacios played in the scrimmage. However, both participated in a brief pre-scrimmage practice. Pitino said Padgett would start practicing this week, but won't play in next week's exhibition against Bellarmine. Palacios will be out another month.