Senior forward Dane Miller — Miller remains passive for long stretches on offense, but is always involved in the action. As opposed to last year when he could disappear for minutes, Miller touched the ball every possession and unselfishly opened up offense for sophomore Jerome Seagears and former Florida Gator Dan Werner.
Miller may simply never be the consistently aggressive offensive player fans hope, but he is working harder than ever to change that.
Stats — 3-13 for 8 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 34 minutes.
Junior forward Wally Judge — Judge plays like a man among boys, but has a tendency to play completely out of control. Judge played everything from point guard to center in 36 minutes last night and showed exactly why he was a McDonald's All-American. He made monstrous dunks, was the most aggressive rebounder on the court and, at times, had a nice jump shot. Against JSBL competition, Judge was a monster.
Judge's problem, however, is his inability to finish at the rim. Judge missed four shots within two feet of the basket and struggled with turnovers.
Stats —10-17 for 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 assists, 6 turnovers, 36 minutes.
Junior forward Vincent Garrett — Garrett is essentially as advertised from the coaching staff. He is athletic, extremely aggressive on the boards and a tough defender. Garrett has nice size in person and showed he has the heart and drive to be a Big East basketball player.
The problem? Garrett did not show any semblance of the long- or mid-range jumper that he needs this season. Garrett admitted after the game that he is working as hard as possible to get better, but he is not there yet.
Stats — 4-10 for 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 turnover, 22 minutes.
Junior guard Mike Poole — The JSBL is the perfect setting for Poole. Poole does not take possessions off and consistently makes wide open shots. In a league with little defense, that is a dangerous combination and he showed why last night. Beating a team with four Rutgers players, Poole hustled and shot his way to a lights-out night and showed some improved ball-handling skills to go along with his mid-range jumper.
Stats — 9-14 for 18 points, 4 rebounds, 33 minutes.
Sophomore guard Jerome Seagears — Seagears took what his opposition gave him in a defensively challenged setting. Slashing and shooting impressively, Seagears tried to be the star scorer for his squad and did so successfully in spurts. Trailing by 20 points in the fourth quarter, Seagears almost single-handedly led a 15-2 run to almost bring his team back.
Seagears had his fair share of turnovers and bad shots, but showed a new level of aggressiveness that he needs to help taking scoring pressure off Elijah Carter this season.
Stats — 12-24 for 24 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 fouls, 3 turnovers, 32 minutes.
Sophomore guard Myles Mack — Mack played like an All-American for the first 10 minutes of the game, but brought less to the table after his quick start. Mack consistently hit jump shots and showed no signs of rest during the offseason after a disappointing end to his freshman season.
Similarly to Seagears in the first game, Mack showed a hunger to take over with his scoring ability and leadership. He did so successfully for about 15 minutes before he slowed down and started to differ to Judge.
Stats — 11-18 for 28 points, 7 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 steals, 34 minutes.
Sophomore forward Derrick Randall — Randall took the biggest leap from last year to this year at the JSBL. More confident, stronger and a better rebounder, he simply out-muscled and out-hustled his competition and made minimal mistakes in the process.
Rebounding earned and lost Randall all of his playing time last season, but he has a more refined post presence on offense than before.
Stats — 5-6, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 26 minutes.
Freshman walk-on G Logan Kelley —Kelley will be a walk-on and practice squad contributor this season. In limited action against extremely tough competition for an 18-year old, Kelley did what a walk-on needs to do. He played smart. He did not push his ability. He made the open shots.
Stats — 2-2, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 11 minutes.