Brown Talks Houston
Larry Brown was typically modest about the team heading into their matchup Sunday at Houston. "I hope we're playing good," Brown said. "We got a couple kids sick and missing some practice time, but we're going on the road playing a conference game so you better bring your best game. We're going to work these next two days and hopefully we'll be ready to go." Markus Kennedy was back at practice today after leaving halfway through yesterday's, but Sterling Brown was not in attendance.
Brown Still Considering Shortening Lineup
All season Coach Brown has talked about tightening his rotation, especially in conference play, and while he has yet to make the move he thinks the time may be coming soon. "We're real deep and we're lucky because of that. We lost our starting center and other guys have been able to step up (like) Cannen Cunningham and Ben Moore so that's been a luxury for us," Brown said. "Down the stretch, I don't know if we'll be able to play 10 or 11 guys. I think the better teams probably play seven or eight. Our biggest concern is just trying to be better. And we need to because the bulk of our schedule, our most difficult games, lie ahead."
Nic Moore Puts on a Show
After missing the last half of practice yesterday, Nic Moore had a great one today. His passing was on full display with a no-look pass to Kennedy for a dunk and three perfect lobs to Ben Moore. His shooting was really on point as well. He hit numerous long two's and three's, including one three-pointer over the outstretched arms of the much-taller Crandall Head. Nic also showed his typical sense of humor-- after an offensive drill he ran up from behind and blocked Shawn Williams's shot attempt.
Keith Showing Progress
His work after practice yesterday with Coach Brown and Coach Tim Jankovich really paid off for Keith Frazier today. Coach Brown consistently praised Frazier's footwork on his step-back jumper and played good defense as well. He was clearly working hard on his passing, which culminated in him throwing a nice lob to Kennedy, although the big man could not finish the play. Frazier also had the highlight of practice during 5-on-5 drills. Nic Moore drove into the paint and drew in the defense before he kicked it out to an open Frazier at the three-point line. Frazier pump-faked to freeze the defender and then drove into the paint. He split the defense and then finished with a sweet reverse layup.
Del Harris Visits Practice
Former Houston Rockets head coach and Dallas Mavericks assistant Del Harris was in attendance at practice today. He seemed very enamored with Yanick Moreira. When Coach Brown and Eric Snow came over to pay their respects, Harris asked when the Mustangs' starting center would return to action. As he sat and watched practice, Harris spoke about the state of the NBA and college ball, including that he thinks that Julius Randle is the best pro prospect in college right now. Harris is going to attend Baylor's practice tomorrow.
- Coach Brown told Harris that he plans on attending tonight's game between Triple A Academy and Dallas Madison to watch SMU recruits King McClure and Admon Gilder.
- Nick Russell had a nice tomahawk dunk that got Crandall Head really excited.
- Speaking of Head, he did a great job rebounding today. Twice he went around Frazier's box out to grab the offensive board and lay it back in.
- Cunningham made a ridiculous "horse" shot after a drill, flipping the ball behind his back and over the backboard into the hoop.
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