Thompson Leading Scorer At Scrimmage

Ohio State had an open scrimmage Saturday and Blake Williams was on hand. Here is what he learned.

Ohio State fans got a chance to take a look at the 2014-15 basketball team Saturday as the team held an open scrimmage.

The team played eight games to 11. D’Angelo Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald started out on the Scarlet team with Sam Thompson, Trevor Thompson, Anthony Lee, Shannon Scott, Keita Bates-Diop and Dave Bell beginning the evening in Gray. Dave Dickerson and Jeff Boals were on the Scarlet Bench while Greg Paulus was on the Gray bench (until he was on the court, but more on that later).The teams go switched around throughout the scrimmage.

Marc Loving did not participate as he was asked to stay home due to an illness, according to sports information director Dan Wallenberg.

Below are some quick thoughts from the two-hour practice:

  • Sam Thompson leading scorer: There was no box score kept for the game, but by my count the senior led all scorers with 34 points in the eight games. He was the only Buckeye to score in each game. He hit four 3’s and finished three alley-oops, including one off-the-backboard pass from Scott in transition.

    Russell was next with 18 points, Scott and Tate each had 15, Trevor Thompson and Bates-Diop had 12 apiece and Amir Williams had 11. Kam Williams had 8, McDonald had 7, Lee had 4 and Bell had 2. Scott pushes pace: Though Thompson was the leading scorer, my MVP would go to Scott. The point guard pushed the pace consistently, which was clearly the directive of the coaching staff for all the Buckeyes, and his passing was pinpoint for most of the evening. He looked very comfortable running things.

  • No point guard depth: We knew this version of the Buckeyes was going to lack point guard depth, but the scrimmage made that clear. For the first six contests Scott ran one team while Russell ran the other. The staff doesn’t trust anyone else on the team to run the point. For the final two games Russell and Scott were on the same team with Russell getting minutes at his natural shooting guard position. To amek that work, however, the team had to have Paulus run the point for the Gray. Scarlet excelled with the two ball handlers, winning those two games by a combined 22-11.

  • Bell a non-factor: Bell scored just two points and that was only after entering for Trevor Thompson, who got poked in the eye. The freshman big barely played in the eight games, supporting the idea that he will redshirt this year.

  • Recruit in attendance: Seth Towns, a 3-star power forward in the 2016 class from Northland high school in Columbus, was in attendance for the scrimmage, sitting on the Gray bench throughout the game. He is the 18th-ranked power forward in his class according to The Buckeyes offered Towns during his visit, according to his Twitter account. Towns is interested in Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Dayton and Xavier in addition to the Buckeyes.

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