West Georgia is not a good team, so it's hard to determine what this pre-season beat down really means for the season. But GW ran its offense more effectively and played the transition game much better than last year. They pressed, they ran, they attacked the glass and forced turnovers.
avier Aleander was the best kid on the court. Very active in all facets of the game. Handled the ball and passed more fluidly than I recall from last year. He also hit most of his free throws (I like it). avier got out of control at times and will occasionally be a turnover machine this year, but nobody on this team gets to the glass and thus the line like Aleander.
Hollis shot the ball well but, as is his custom, settled for jump shots way too often. He made one drive to the basket but was content to hang out on the perimeter for the rest of the game where as he could have driven the lane whenever he wanted. When his shot is off, Hollis will be too if he doesn't start taking a page from avier's aggressiveness.
PG play was solid but not spectacular: King did look rusty put makes good decisions. Travis can still hit the open J, penetrates in the half court and is smart on D (9 points, 4 asts, 3 steals, 2 TOs). Only played 10 minutes but that should increase steadily as the season progresses. Tony Taylor looked like he belonged and demonstrated his quickness. His points will come. Lee still recovering from injury but will not be needed unless Travis regresses.
Katuka has a nice touch down low. I was figuring the Edwards/Opoku/Katuka combo to get about 20-25 minutes/game. Herm and Joe teamed up for 14 minutes today. If it all has to come from Katuka this year, I'm fine with that as he can and should be getting the bulk of the time.
Wilmore can still shoot from distance and Witherspoon can do everything else - including a nice mid-range jumper.
As stated previously, it wasn't a gread defensive effort, but that's not easy when you're blowing a team out. Moreover, the D was fine last year and should only get better with the big men down low. The offense was the culprit last year. It was much improved today and we should all be feeling Levinator levels of optimism heading up to Boston.