Scrimmage Breakdown

Player by player breakdown from Louisville's Red-White basketball scrimmage Monday night at Freedom Hall. Plus, overall impressions and analysis.

Red (87)

Earl Clark: Except for some misses from the free throw line, Clark was superb for the Red the entire night. At 6'9, he's got terrific all-around skills and athletic ability and he's probably the most talented all-around forward at Louisville since Billy Thompson. 17 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Clark impacted the game about every conceivable way possible. When his team needed a rebound, Clark was a windex man and hauled it down.

Terrence Williams: Everyone knows about Williams' athleticism. Last night I was impressed by the way he let the flow of the game come to him instead of forcing the action and hoisting ill-advised three's. T-Will certainly showed that his game has matured and you had to like the way he cleared the boards (game-high 19) and got his teammates involved (game-high 7 assists). T-Will is clearly one of the elite rebounding small forwards in the country. Oh, and he also directed his team's offense much of the night out top.

David Padgett: Padgett battled well against Derrick Caracter most of the night and certainly held his own. He used his size and jump hook to score over the 6'9 Caracter a few times and did enough defensively to hold his younger teammate below 50 percent from the field. Padgett was clearly tired in the second half, but still played 37 minutes and it looked like those knees are finally healthy again.

Stuart Miller: He won't play much this season because of depth in the backcourt, but he clearly showed he's one of the team's best long range shooters. Miller came off the bench and drilled three triples. He also displayed improved ball handling and point skills.

Andre McGee: McGee gets koudos for his defensive work, coming up with four steals. The 3 to 2 assists/turnover ratio and 1 for 7 shooting need improvement.

Will Scott: Scott hit two huge three's in the first half and provided a major boost offensively off the bench. Louisville has so much talent to surround Scott with this year that they can afford to get him in some game and bust up zones with his shooting ability. He had three triples in the games and shooting from deep is what he's all about.

Lee Steiden: Steiden didn't appear intimidated by his surrounding or the competition. Nice local walk-on addition and should provide valuable depth in practice this season.

White (82)

Preston Knowles: The freshman guard was a total steal for the Cards. Knowles plays with both toughness and poise. He wasn't afraid to take and make big shots and showed he's got deep range on his jumper. He also understands how and has a willingness to feed the post, getting the ball to Derrick Caracter in the post consistently in the first half for easy buckets. He'll get minutes this year in the backcourt because of his defense, hoops IQ, ball handling and scoring ability.


Knowles will see playing time this season.
Derrick Caracter: Despite off-season knee surgery, Caracter played 39 minutes and appeared in better shape than he was at any point last season. He still made offensive fouls (4) and turnovers (6) and needs to learn to pass better – and more quickly - when double and triple teamed. But he's so strong that he can establish position wherever and whenever he wants. Once he gets it in position he's nearly unstoppable. Caracter's going to draw lots of fouls this year and he's going to have to improve on the 5 of 11 free throw shooting.

Edgar Sosa: Sosa had no problems beating his man off the dribble and getting penetration to the basket. He's more natural scorer right now than point guard but he still dished for four assists and got to the line 11 times. He's tough, plays an aggressive game and pushes tempo. His shot wasn't on during the scrimmage (4-18 FG), but he did grab five boards and make two steals. He's the undisputed leader in the backcourt for the Cardinals.

Reginald Delk: Reggie Delk is more than just a spot up shooter many thought he was when he transferred from MSU. Delk had an excellent scrimmage and started the game on fire from deep, hitting 4 of 5 shots, including 2 of 3 three's, in the first half. He gets good elevation on his shot. Delk is athletic, grabbed nine boards and made some moves off the bounce. He also came up with three steals and made a positive contribution on the defensive end.

Terrance Farley: Farley appears ready to build on last year's fine defensive performance against Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament. He was aggressive defensively in the scrimmage, blocking shots on and off the ball and on the break. He swatted Earl Clark and David Padgett and made a spectacular block to prevent a breakaway layup. Farley had four blocks total. Farley also showed flashes of improved offense when he made a nice turnaround jumper over Padgett. He'll give the Cards valuable minutes in the post this season.

George Goode: Goode's contributions will come down the road, but he's a solid prospect. He's a good – not explosive – athlete. He did some nice work on the boards and surprised with his passing ability, particularly with the high-low lob into Caracter for an easy bucket and a foul.

OVERALL TEAM BREAKDOWN

Overall, Louisville played hard and both teams really got after each other from start to finish. I've seen the Cards in the preseason the past seven years under Pitino and this is the most advanced I've seen one of his teams in October, and that's without Juan Palacios and projected starting two guard Jerry Smith.

Louisville is legitimate and deep. There's no denying the depth of talent Pitino has to work with this season. The keys: Staying healthy, getting Edgar Sosa playing like he did toward the end of last season and continual defensive improvement. While Pitino will harp about defense early in the season, this team has the potential to be dynamite defensively, especially with the size and athleticism Clark and Williams bring to the table from the forward positions.


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