Analysis: Rutgers-led Win in JSBL

BELMAR, N.J. -- The Rutgers-led Gutter Cleaners won for the first time Thursday in the Jersey Shore Basketball League, and was on hand. There are eight Scarlet Knights on the roster, and we break down the play of each one.

BELMAR, N.J. – The Rutgers-led Gutter Cleaners won its first game of the Jersey Shore Basketball League season with a 111-103 defeat of previously unbeaten Sterns Trailors (3-1) Wednesday at St. Rose High School.

Rather than talk about the runs of the game, and Rutgers (1-3) opening a 16-point first-half lead before falling behind by a point only to rally in the fourth quarter and pull away, a different tact will be taken.

Here a few things to consider before a breakdown of how the eight Rutgers players in the game fared:

  • Keep in mind this is a summer league, so defense is not a priority, which explains the ridiculously high score in a four-quarter, 40-minute game. Shot selection is also not a high priority.

  • The game is played under NBA rules, which means a 24-second shot clock, eight seconds to get the ball across the half court and defensive 3-second violations (which Rutgers was guilty of on several occasions.

    The shot clock is also the reason for a fast tempo, and many of the Rutgers freshmen looked winded late in each quarter when the pace of play got to them.

  • Evaluating on a team concept is fruitless because there is virtually no coaching, lots of 1-on-1 play and minimal defensive rotations, so we will look at each player's individual game.

Wally Judge (16 points, 14 rebounds) : It is a shame Rutgers fans will have to wait until 2012-13 to see him play because he brings the type of body (6-9, 250 pounds) and athleticism the Scarlet Knights haven't had in a while. He rebounded above the rim and showed great instinct in going after missed shots, demonstrated nice back-to-the-basket moves and is fluid.

Myles Mack (18 points): The 5-11 point guard is quick off the dribble and gives Rutgers something it lacked previously, which is someone who can create his own shot off the dribble. Mack also is a nice interior passer who can be dangerous penetrating and scoring or passing, or creating space to get off a quick jumper.

The question at this point is how Mack will handle the physical play in the Big East, and at his size, will he be able to create enough space to get open shots and get to the basket.

Jerome Seagears (15 points): The combo guard gets his shot off quick and is accurate. He didn't handle the ball much, deferring to Mack much of the time, but his leadership skills were evident as he was constantly communicating with his teammates.

Seagears spent the night as a spot-up shooter and also as someone who can create his own shot with a quick dribble and step back. He also displayed very good range.

Elijah Carter (8 points): The point guard is a bigger body (6-2) who doesn't possesses Mack's lightning first step and ability to penetrate, but he showed an ability to get to the basket while also handling the ball well under pressure.

Carter may have to alter his shooting mechanics, but he brings confidence and maturity, and also was quick to help out on defense several times.

Malick Kone (2 points): The guard/wing didn't have trouble putting the ball on the floor and trying to create scoring chances, but he was not assertive in the offense. He is long and needs the most developing of the highly touted freshmen, but he moves smoothly and is athletic.

Greg Lewis (9 points): With low expectations about his offensive game, it came as a nice surprise that he scored on several low-post moves. He wasn't involved much when it came to rebounding, and he needs to get stronger, and a year in the weight room will do wonders for him.

Derrick Randall (11 points): He is 6-8, 255 pounds, and has wide shoulders and strength Rutgers is used to playing against, but not with. He was quick to get in the air to block a few shots, finished nicely on a few close-range chances and also had a nose for rebounding.

Austin Johnson (22 points): The junior big man had nifty low-post moves, going left and right and scoring most of his points off of moves, and not in transitions or put-backs. One thing in question remains whether Johnson will play physical against the bigger bodies in the Big East, but he showed more polished low-post moves than last season.

Austin Carroll (10 points): Carroll said afterward this was the first time he played a game since the season-ending loss to St. John's in the Big East tournament. He was rehabbing a sore left knee, which he injured in early January before undergoing surgery a few days later.

Carroll was rusty, turning the ball over on several careless plays, but he also showed his savvy with a few steals and nifty passes for easy baskets underneath.

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