Scrimmage Report I

Stanford Men's Basketball conducted two intriguing 20-minute instrasquad scrimmages on Saturday at Maples Pavilion. The first period provided the most scoring and excitement, and we have the complete report with box scores, match-ups, highlights and notes. All four frosh who played made marked impacts, though it was a pair of returning players who pushed the white squad to a controlling victory.

Unofficial Box Score

White team FG 3FG FT TP Reb A TO S B PF MIN
Off Tot
Mitch Johnson 2-5 1-1 2-2 7 0 4 5 2 0 0 1 20
Anthony Goods 1-4 0-3 1-2 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 14
Landry Fields 3-5 0-1 0-0 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 20
Fred Washington 4-4 0-0 0-1 8 4 5 1 0 1 0 1 20
Robin Lopez 3-9 0-0 0-0 6 2 4 1 0 0 0 4 17
Chris Bobel 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9
Total 14-28 1-5 3-5 32 6 16 9 3 3 0 10 100

 

Red team FG 3FG FT TP Reb A TO S B PF MIN
Off Tot
Da'Veed Dildy 2-3 0-0 1-1 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 20
Kenny Brown 1-6 1-4 0-0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20
Carlton Weatherby 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 3 1 2 1 0 2 20
Lawrence Hill 1-4 0-0 3-5 5 0 3 1 1 1 1 1 20
Will Paul 2-2 0-0 3-3 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 20
Total 6-17 1-5 7-9 20 0 9 4 5 2 1 6 100

The "white" team was coached by Doug Oliver on the bench, with assistance from Julius Hicks.  The "red" team was coached by Donny Guerinoni on the bench, with assistance from Nick Robinson.  Head coach Trent Johnson remained on the opposite side of the court for the breadth of the scrimmage, allowing his assistants and staff to run the scrimmage.

Primary Match-ups (white vs. red)

Mitch Johnson vs. Da'Veed Dildy
Anthony Goods vs. Kenny Brown
Landry Fields vs. Carlton Weatherby
Fred Washington vs. Lawrence Hill
Robin Lopez vs. Will Paul

Some of those starting assignment are out-of-position relative to what certain personnel would optimally play on the floor, but there were only 11 bodies available for the scrimmage, with four players out injured.  The one bench player was new senior walk-on Chris Bobel for the white team, and he came into the game at the first media timeout for Anthony Goods, who picked up two very quick fouls.  Goods came back around the nine-minute mark.  Center Robin Lopez left for the final three minutes after he picked up foul trouble, which brought Bobel back into the game and forced Fred Washington play at the "five" position.  That was not as bizarre a situation as it sounds, considering that he matched up against a natural forward in Will Paul, who was playing out-of-position at center due to Stanford's plethora of big man injuries.

Scrimmage Highlights

  • It was a fast start for the white team, with Mitch Johnson making everything happen.  The sophomore point guard pushed the ball in transition off red misses and twice assisted early buckets on the break.  He had another that followed immediately on a great three-quarter court lob pass to freshman Robin Lopez, though it was blocked by sophomore Lawrence Hill.  Johnson was also active early on the defensive boards, which helped get white out on the break so quickly and effectively.
  • The red team went to a 2-3 zone defense after the first media timeout, and Johnson promptly hit an open three-pointer on the first possession against the defense.  A minute later, Johnson took the ball coast-to-coast in transition off an airball miss by freshman Da'Veed Dildy, which senior Chris Bobel rebounded.  It was already 13-5 for the white team.  Johnson had five points to go with a couple assists and rebounds.
  • Later in the scrimmage, it was again Johnson making things happen in transition.  First, leading a perfectly executed three-man break that terminated with a dish to Lopez for a finish at the glass.  Then Johnson threw a long lob pass to senior Fred Washington, who scored against a single defender at the basket.
  • Freshman Landry Fields was the other man who pushed the white team out to their controlling lead.  He hit his first three shots of the scrimmage: a 10-footer, a long shot on the three-point line and a lay-in under the basket fed by Washington after an offensive rebound.  In a scrimmage where the shooting was largely lacking, he looked good.  Fields did miss his one three-point attempt later.  He also at the end of the scrimmage period had an excellent drive to the basket, where he drew a double team and made the perfect pass across the lane to Bobel for an open lay-in.  It was a very solid, if not strong, scrimmage for a freshman just two weeks into practices.
  • Washington was quiet compared to Johnson and Fields in the types of plays he made, but he was the blue-collar key that made the white team excel.  One of his early plays came on defense with the red team late in the shot clock; he drew a charge on the baseline against Dildy.  The white team started to cool in its shooting, but Washington was critical in cleaning up on the offensive glass.  He grabbed four offensive rebounds in 20 minutes of play, as compared to zero offensive rebounds for the entire red team.  Washington scored two of his four baskets on putbacks.  He scored two other times in transition.  Once, described above, came from Johnson.  Washington's finish against freshman Will Paul had his back to the basket; he faked inside and then spun to the baseline to lay it in off the glass.  The other came after a steal by sophomore Anthony Goods (Hill turnover), who threw the lob to Washington.  He was fouled and had a chance for the three-point play but missed his free throw - Washington's only black mark in the 20 minutes of play.  Washington also defended Hill well throughout.
  • Lopez similarly made his mark on the boards and on the defensive end.  The glaring difference in his stat line was his inconsistency scoring the basketball.  After missing his first four shots, the frosh seven-footer got into the scoring column after an offensive rebound of a Johnson missed jumper.  His best offensive play came when he stepped away from the basket and hit a sweet little hook shot.  Lopez several times tried face-up jumpers and hook shots that missed, a couple of them rattling around and looked like they should have gone down.  He was a definite presence on defense and a major reason the red team had trouble rebounding and scoring.  That does not show up in the box score, with no recorded blocked shots.  It is also worth highlighting his foul difficulty in a 20-minute scrimmage.
  • Goods' scrimmage was limited by his early foul mistakes, which put him on the bench.  As the man who today would start for Stanford at shooting guard, the sophomore did not have his shots go down.  He was working hard away from the ball, however, running the baseline and around screens to get himself open.  Note that Johnson played all 20 minutes, but Goods sometimes handled the ball to bring it up the floor.
  • The red team was undersized and undermanned, but had flashes from two freshmen.  Paul scored their first five points, including a beautiful up-and-under move on the low block against the monolithic Lopez - with a foul and three-point finish.  Paul also added a pair of free throws to his scoring tally, later shooting in the bonus.  Maybe more impressive was his passing.  The 6'9" frosh hit a cutting Dildy from the block, who finished at the basket (plus one).  Later, Paul drew a double-team and threw an excellent whip-around pass that found Hill on the weakside, who finished and added one at the stripe.
  • Dildy did not have quite the stats of Paul, and it may be a disappointment for a point guard to go without an assist in 20 minutes.  However, the red team only manufactured six total baskets.  Still, Dildy showed good command in running the offense for a freshman in October.  He moved well away from the ball and made an superb play with the ball on one drive from the top of the key.  He beat his defender and then as the defense collapsed, Dildy pulled up for a sweet teardrop floater from 10 feet.
  • The red team did not have much of a shooting mentality, except for redshirt sophomore walk-on Kenny Brown, who saw a green light with almost any look at the basket.  He hit the red squad's lone three-pointer.  Fifth-year senior Carlton Weatherby had a very quiet scrimmage period, including passing up one wide-open three-pointer, opting instead to hit a slashing Hill going to the basket (fouled, hit 1-of-2).
  • A couple of scoreboard errors of note: one point scored by the white team was missed (one of Johnson's free throws), which underreported their total.  Also, a white foul was incorrectly indicated for the red team, which did come into play as the white team late in the scrimmage shot free throws in the bonus despite only six actual red squad fouls.

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