The Red/Blue Scrimmage did not reveal a whole lot about the Wildcats basketball team, but we did get a glimpse at the players in the first public appearance of the year. Here are some of my initial thoughts.
Jamelle Horne – Horne did some good things and some bad things. He was really hitting the glass, fighting for rebounds, which will be critical for his attempts to retain a starting spot, but not doing much offensively. Offensively, he still had his issues. He was settling for outside shots, but did not make one until the second half. He did not get a ton of touches on the offensive end, especially in the first half. The second half was better, he hit a big three and ended up with nine points over the two halves.
Jordin Mayes – Very quick and the outside shot may be as good as advertised. He buried first two three pointers, but air balled his next shot, a tough runner. He scored less in the second half, but was smart in distributing the ball. He only had one second half assist, but did a very nice job running the offense.
Daniel Bejarano – Buries first three, but did not hit again. Players have really been praising Bejarano, especially his shot and his conditioning.
Solomon Hill – All around players. Was solid on the defensive end, was willing to work on the glass and dished the ball. Biggest knock was four turnovers, two coming when he tried to do too much.
Derrick Williams – Slow start, but came on strong towards end of the second 4:00 “war” and took over a bit. Had 10 points in about a 5:00 stretch. Really gave Natyazhko fits down low on both ends.
Jesse Perry – Moves very well, fights every play but struggled to finish at times.
Kyryl Natyahzko – Struggling against Williams, Had two shots blocked. Started showing off his baseline jumpers. Also rebounded very well and hit three perimeter shots in the second half, including a three.
MoMo Jones, Derrick Williams and Brendon Lavender spoke to the media after the game: