Both players were in coast mode playing against junior college cannon fodder. For the most part, both players deferred to their lesser talented teammates and were all smiles throughout the game.
All statistics were unofficial and scribbled in borrowed crayon, but by my count Suggs ended with 14 easy points on 6-11 shooting. His pull-up jumper was effortless as always and in mid-season form. Wilcox, meanwhile, made a concerted effort to get to the rim, finishing inconsistently at the cup. He tallied 13 points on 5-7 shooting. Given the quality of the opponent, and minimal effort exerted by either player, there was little to be learned from the first game of the evening.
The second game was the headliner, starring Abdul Gaddy, Martin Breunig and Matthew Bryan-Amaning on one team and Shawn Kemp and Andrew Andrews on the other.
Gaddy started out the game with a three from the wing, eventually hitting three of them and scoring 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He confidently weaved his way through traffic, scoring at the hoop on top of being dialed in from outside.
When Gaddy passed the main beneficiary was Bruenig, who was equal parts dynamic and inconsistent. He was active in the paint, grabbing several offensive rebounds for put backs and also drilled a couple nice pull-up jumpers. On the downside he hesitated when he got the ball in the paint, allowing defenders to converge on him and bottle him up. Physically speaking Breunig is still on the thin side but his pogo stick legs are intact, flushing a monster tomahawk after racing ahead on a fast break. Breunig finished with 17 points.
For the first time in the summer session Kemp was fully engaged in the game - probably because it was actually competitive for a change. That might be because his opponent was the much quicker MBA. Overall, Kemp battled hard though Bryan-Amaning got the better of him more often than not. That said, Bryan-Amaning didn't exactly have a sterling offensive performance and some of that was likely due to the tough defense played by Kemp, who became very active after slowly getting his motor moving.
Andrew Andrews struggled scoring the ball when defended by Gaddy and couldn't get his normally reliable three point shot to drop. He's a fearless penetrator though and likes to take the ball straight at defenders in the paint - a trait the Huskies will put to good use this coming season.
The next game was highlighted by the dominant play of late UW signee Mark McLaughlin. The JC transfer with a wiry frame was a scoring machine after being inserted into the game midway through the first half. He confidently drilled three three-pointers, bullied his way to the cup and filled it up from mid range en route to 22 points.
While Wilcox and Suggs are odds on favorites to earn starting nods, Romar is going to have a hard time not fitting the 6-foot-6 junior lefty into the starting lineup - McLaughlin is that polished and that good. Not only was he unstoppable scoring but his ball-handling skills are sensational, he's an active rebounder and even effectively defend the post.
Jernard Jarreau was also on hand and inserted into the game with McLaughlin. Though he started more slowly he got things moving in the second half. His arms appear thicker and the redshirt freshman is agile for a player his size and uses his length effectively to alter shots. He hit a couple of 15-foot jumpers and missed the two three pointers he attempted.
Jarreau did, however, have the highlight play of the night. After setting up on the right wing beyond the three point arc, he blew by his defender with a nasty crossover before savagely attacking the rim with a emphatic tomahawk jam. The crowd exploded as he nearly brought down the rim. Tony Wroten, Isaiah Thomas and the rest of his current and former teammates cheered him on.
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