Jordan decided to commit serious offenses, bombing in three NBA-range 3s and scoring off of numerous drives into a wide-open lane. Why pass the ball when you can get a lay up every time out? Jordan scored 23 points in the second half alone, and finished the game with 33 points on 13-16 from the field and 4-6 from the FT line. He also added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Jordan has great size (6-2?) for a college point guard, and his mastery of the change of speed dribble and excellent body control in the lane should let him penetrate effectively on the collegiate level. He did make 5 turnovers, but playmakers will do that. He would have had more assists if his teammates had just knocked down some open jumpers. Jordan also continued to show his quick hands and great anticipation on the defensive side of the ball, which will enable him to become a solid college defender once he gains weight, lowers his stance and gains more experience at learning his opponent's strengths and weaknesses.
Josh Shipp scored every which way, knocking down an NBA-range 3 of his own and jamming two lobs down off fast breaks. He hit 7-13 shots and 6-7 FTs en route to 21 points to go along with his 4 steals. Josh, like Jordan, has quick hands and can play the passing lanes or effectively double-team an unsuspecting ball handler quite adroitly. He hit some mid-range shots and also scored well going into the key (the opponent in this game had zero post presence). I think that Jordan will be either a 2-year or 3-year starter for the Bruins and quite a scoring machine as he adds weight and gains experience. Think Billy Knight with hops and you get the picture.
Janou Rubin also played a very solid game, racking up 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Janou could be a starter at a Big West school and he could be buried on the bench at UCLA next season, which represents a sea change in depth for the Bruins as the Ben Howland Era starts just its second year. I continue to believe that Janou will see some solid minutes against certain teams, especially if one of the freshmen struggles with foul trouble or defense. Remember, this guy hit 41% of his 3s last season and contributed well on the defensive side of the ball. He has good size and strength for a college guard.
Arron Afflalo had a quiet game, hitting 6-10 shots as he scored 12 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. He was more of a factor as a low post presence than as a guard here, but his performance had more to do with the flow of the game than any below-par play on his part or excellent effort by the opposing team. Jordan and Josh were just having too much fun and they kind of forgot Arron in all of the celebrating.
Matt McKinney struggled to make an impact against an essentially post-less squad, finishing with 4 points and 7 rebounds, but he made several sweet passes from the high post and continues to show his willingness to pound it out under the glass. It's hard to imagine that he won't battle Josiah Johnson for some PT early in the season, but it's impossible to say from this level of play whether Matt can contribute more over the course of the season or the rest of his career at UCLA. He's yet to display a consistent jumper from mid-range and still has trouble letting 6-5 guys go over him for easy baskets inside. But he puts out a maximum effort every time and at 6-7 and 220 that should pay off for him with some minutes.
Lorenzo Mata showed up late for the fifth game in a row and made a minimal contribution, getting 2 points and 4 rebounds, but I have to believe that he will surpass both Johnson and McKinney by mid-season. He's taller by a full measure and has the athleticism and long arms to develop into a real force on the boards and on d once he picks up some of the fundamentals of the game. Anything he does on offense will be a bonus, but I predict that Lorenzo will surpass Josiah and Matt in minutes by not later than mid-season. Unless he shows up late for practices, too…
DeAndre Robinson once more displayed hustle and great size for a guard/wing, he must be 6-5, but he doesn't get to shoot the ball much on this team and it's impossible to gauge his skill level based on this summer.
Ced Bozeman, who must've felt overwhelmed by Bruins, displayed a fine assortment of dribble drives to the basket and a couple of dribble moves that almost broke somebody's ankles. However, he couldn't match Jordan, who literally caused a defender to trip over his own legs trying to keep up with a Farmar crossover. Ced has to do most of the rebounding on this team and grabbed 10 boards to go with his 15 points. However, he was only 7-16 from the field, as he displayed the now all-too familiar brick touch from the outside. Ced just can't shoot the ball well. His form is poor and I see no reason to believe that it will change. Ced also managed to dish out 4 assists and did play some very good defense when matched against Arron, but in this game it was impossible to really say that anyone was matched up against anyone else for very long, it was a real run and gun affair.
Mike Fey's team earned a forfeit, so I have nothing to report on Mike except that he's still huge.
Ryan Hollins was one of the spectators at the Bruin game today and was walking without any noticeable limp. I believe he has surgery tomorrow. Former Bruin Andre Patterson and current Bruin Dijon Thompson also came to watch the Bruin babies at play.