Richard Pitino Blog - Recapping Saturday's Scrimmage

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Our team held a scrimmage on Saturday at Williams Arena, a 30-minute game that saw the Maroon team defeat the Gold team 58-55 (click here for a full box score).

I've compiled some thoughts on each players' performance and posted them here for my blog readers to see. Hope to see you on Friday for our open scrimmage - click here for more details, doors open at 6pm and tip-off is at 7pm.

Maroon

Charles Buggs


Charles Buggs

Positives-  
Played with great energy at the front of the press 
His length and athleticism is perfect for the way we want to play
Still only a freshman 
Has room to grow

Negatives-  
1 rebound
0 offensive rebounds
Only 1 deflection

Elliott Eliason

Positives-
8 rebounds in 28 minutes
7 deflections and 3 blocks
Played very good post defense and ran the court well
Body language has improved

Negatives-
5 for 9 from the free throw line
4 missed screens

Andre Hollins

Positives-
Very good on the ball defensively
5 deflections
Was active in the press
Got to the FT line 7 times

Negatives-  
2 unforced turnovers 

Austin Hollins

Positives-
7 deflections
3 steals
Great leadership
Consummate pro on the court
Didn't have a sub and didn't play tired

Negatives-
Only 4 rebounds in 30 minutes of play

Oto Osenieks

Positives- 
Communicated well
Showed good leadership
Got to the foul line 10 times
Showed a good understanding of what we were doing offensively

Negatives-
6 missed screens
Only 1 deflection
0 offensive rebounds

Malik Smith

Positives-
Efficient offensively
Showed very good poise during a close game
That is his strength

Negatives-  
Only 2 deflections in 28 minutes
0 rebounds
0 steals
Can't settle on just being a jump shooter
Has to impact the game in other ways

Gold

Maverick Ahanmisi

Positives-  
Efficient offensively
Stayed within himself
Took 9 high percentage shots
Great disposition on the court

Negatives-  
0 steals
Only 3 deflections
3 unforced turnovers

Wally Ellenson


Wally Ellenson

Positives-
5 deflections
3 steals
Made big shots down the stretch
Played with a good motor
Tried him at the 4 briefly and he adapted well

Negatives-  
0 offensive rebounds 
That needs to be a huge strength for him 

Joey King

Positives-  
Took 2 charges and attempted to take 5 of them
Communicated very well
4 deflections
Great leader

Negatives-  
Had an identity crisis and thought he was Malik Smith (took seven 3s)
Didn't attempt a 2pt shot
Didn't get to the free throw line
Only had one rebound
9 fouls

DeAndre Mathieu

Positives-  
Took 13 very good shots, none of them were forced
Did a great job of running the team
Was most impressed with him

Negatives-  
Only had 4 deflections
He has the speed and quickness to get more
6 turnovers

Daquein McNeil


Daquien McNeil

Positives-  
Coming off an injury looked better physically
Played with a better motor
Guarded the ball well
Had a good attitude
Still learning
Has a bright future

Negatives-  
Only 2 deflections
0 steals

Kendal Shell

Positives-  
Great attitude and leadership
Brings something positive to the team every single day

Negatives-  
0 deflections

Mo Walker

Positives-  
Was efficient offensively
Did a good job defensive rebounding and blocking out
Ran the floor well
4 deflections

Negatives-  
Zero offensive rebounds
Needs to demand the ball more in the post

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