The Bootleg's Cardinal-White Scrimmage Report

With exhibition tip-off just a few days away, Kevin Danna warms us up with his observations of the Cardinal's recent intra-squad scrimmage. Read on to hear how senior captain Landry Fields struggled to score on anybody (just kidding!). The best news was that no bones were broken, but there were some encouraging developments that will be interesting for fans to focus on in the upcoming preseason!

The Bootleg's Cardinal-White Scrimmage Report

On October 27th, fans of Stanford Men's Basketball had the chance to see the 2009-2010 Stanford Men's Basketball team in game action for the first time with the annual "Cardinal-White Scrimmage".  With three professional referees, the 6th Man section opened up, a full scorer's table with stat print-outs, the videotron turned on, and a public announcer on hand, it came as close to feeling like an exhibition game as possible.  After two 15-minute halves, there were plenty of observations to make....

First Half

"Cardinal": Jack Trotter, Matei Daian, Drew Shiller, Emmanuel Igbinosa, Jarrett Mann, Peter Abraham

"White": Landry Fields, Andrew Zimmermann, Elliott Bullock, Gabriel Harris, Da'Veed Dildy

    - Igbinosa can score, and he can score in bunches.  He opened up the scoring for Cardinal with a "3", and proceeded to hit a couple more.  He scored 11 points in the first 11 minutes of the half and finished 4-6 from the field and 3-3 from beyond the arc. I would suspect that we are going to see a lot more of Igbinosa this year than we did in 2008-2009.  What I like most about "E-Man" is his confidence; He's the type of guy who, if he misses 15 shots in a row, will shoot the 16th shot with the belief that this shot is going to drop.  He really has a scorer's mentality.

    - Sophomore Jarrett Mann and senior Drew Shiller split the point guard duties for "Cardinal", with maybe Mann spending a little more time at the "1", but it was pretty even.  I'm really liking the way Mann has developed.  Last year, all we really knew about Mann was that he could drive the ball into the paint and force the defense to collapse, thanks to his performance in the game at Oregon State during Pac-10 play (the first of two contests at Gill Coliseum last season).  In the first half, he dropped three assists, and a couple of them were straight "dimes".  In one instance, Mann was underneath the hoop and seemingly didn't have any options.  With Trotter filling the lane, Jarrett hit the big man with a perfect pass that was converted for the bucket.  Also, I was impressed with his ability to handle late-clock situations. One time, with the shot clock running down, he just put his head down and got to the basket for a layup.  Also, he was very good at getting into passing lanes and made two steals in the first 15 minutes.

    - Senior Da'Veed Dildy held the majority of the point guard duties for the White team, with freshman Harris getting only a couple of looks at the "1". 

    - Sophomore Elliott Bullock has range.  I knew he had a good-looking shot, but I didn't realize he could bomb from downtown, which he did in the opening minutes of the scrimmage.  As his confidence grows, that will be a shot he will utilize with more frequency.

    - As a few booties have pointed out already, "Sir Fields" did some serious work on his teammates.  Landry showed off a variety of moves to get off his shot, including an up-and-under and a fadeaway.  After missing his first couple of shots, Fields began to drop knowledge and put up 18 in the first half.

    - For the most part, the posts did a good job of rebounding and securing possession of the ball.  Bullock and Daian each had 6 rebounds, and Matei got his in just 11 minutes of action.

    - The first half was close throughout, with no team gaining more than a two-possession advantage.  With White trailing 23-21, Fields scored the last four points for his squad and the half to seal a 25-23 "win" for "White" over "Cardinal".

    Second Half

    Cardinal: Matei Daian, Elliott Bullock, Emmanuel Igbinosa, Gabriel Harris, Da'Veed Dildy, Peter Abraham

    White: Landry Fields, Jack Trotter, Andrew Zimmermann, Drew Shiller, Jarrett Mann, Chris Ebersole

    - Harris was a lot more involved in the offense in the second half.  In addition to handling the ball more at the point (Dildy did run some point and had three assists for his efforts, but Harris saw significantly more looks at the "1" than he did in the first half), the newcomer consistently looked for his shot.  Though it took him a little while to get warmed up, Gabe knocked down his last two 3-point attempts and finished with 8 second-half points to lead the Cardinal attack.  He even went coast-to-coast for a basket finish as the scrimmage was winding down.

    - Sophomore Jack Trotter continued to show off his ability to move without the ball, as he cut down the middle of the lane again and finished at the basket while he was fouled (he converted the free throw as well).  He also hit a fadeaway later in the half from the right block area.  He has a pretty underrated offensive skill-set.

    -Landry continued his extremely strong play with 14 more points in the final 15 minutes.  He threw down the first dunk of the game on a breakaway and was almost unstoppable whenever he got into the triple-threat position because there is so much he can do with it.  In addition to staring a defender down and popping from long distance, he has continued to develop his ability to drive past the defender, get to the hoop, and finish strongly when he gets there.

    - Andrew Zimmermann had a solid final 15.  He hit shots from both outside and inside as well as converting all four of his free throw attempts.  He really ran the floor well, which led to him getting open looks in various spots offensively.

    - Jarrett Mann and Drew Shiller shared point guard duties evenly again.  Though it didn't show up in the final stats, Shiller had a nice steal that led to a breakaway bucket.  He didn't have his shot falling as well as usual, but did a good job defensively and was a good distributor in both halves, with three dishes apiece in the first and second periods.

    - How about a little love for Chris Ebersole?  After not playing in the first half, Chris saw 9 minutes of action in the second and made the most of his time by hitting an open "3" as soon as he checked into the game.  He also grabbed a rebound and scored one more point on a free throw.  In other practice player news, freshman walk-on Peter Abraham played 10 minutes over the two halves and had just one shot attempt, but he looked better on defense than he did at the Coaches' Clinic and moved the ball well on offense.

    - Landry closed the scrimmage with a free throw as white took the second scrimmage as well.  Speaking of free throws, Mann's attempts at the charity stripe look much improved over last season.  It all goes back to his improved release - much more "up and down" and the ball is coming off his fingertips more than the side of his hand.  He hit all four of his free-throw attempts in the second half.

    Overall Observations

    - Senior Landry Fields did not disappoint at all with his 32 points and showed why he is going to be a dominant force in the Pac-10.  It's good to see that since Fields is the lone team captain, his team won both halves.

    - What is it with these gun-slingin', Texas-lefty walk-ons that come to Stanford?  First there was "The Dentist" Kenny Brown (or most likely "Orthodontist", if you ask him).  Now it's Igbinosa.  Though he might not get the amount of playing time that Brown did as a senior, Emmanuel will have no problem with taking shots when he is open and can get "hot" in a hurry.

    - The effort was definitely "all-out" from everyone.  I really liked that there were a lot of blocking fouls over the course of the game - this shows that even though the defenders might have been a step late in getting to the spot, guys are willing to give up their bodies for the team.  Stanford led the Pac-10 in charges-taken, and will have to be at the top or near the top again in order to be successful on defense.

    - Overall Stat Leaders:

    - Points: Landry Fields (32)

    - Rebounds: Elliott Bullock (11)

    - Assists: Drew Shiller (6)

    - Steals: Jarrett Mann (2)

    - Blocks: Gabriel Harris (2) (Yes, Harris!)

    The first exhibition game is just days away!  Stay logged on to TheBootleg for continuing coverage of the 2009-2010 Men's Basketball campaign.

    About the Author: Kevin Danna, Stanford '09, started out as a student manager-in-training for the Men's Basketball Team on October 14, 2005, and has lived and breathed Stanford Basketball ever since. From doing laundry to filming practice to working summer camps, he has been involved with many facets of the Men's Basketball program.  Upon retirement from his manager position on March 25, 2009 at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season, Kevin took an undeservedly prolonged break from any kind of work and eventually got his degree from The Farm in Spanish.  Shaking off the cobwebs of five months of laziness, Kevin has started working as a play-by-play and color broadcaster for gostanford.com, calling home contests (in English) for several Stanford sports.  He also hosts a sports talk show on 90.1 FM KZSU from 9-10pm every Tuesday entitled "The Sports Zoo", as well as a music show called "408's Finest" immediately following sports talk from 10pm-Midnight.  An alumnus of San Jose's Bellarmine Prep, Kevin proudly admits that he currently lives at home in San Jose with his parents and cat.


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