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Buff Blue Scrimmage
Created: 10/25/2014 10:09:54 AMReplies: 29
10/25/2014 10:09:54 AM - Pkgw - 111 posts (#147)

minor injuries keeping McCoy (back) and Griffin (ankle) out

10/25/2014 10:36:15 AM - Umpleby - 123 posts (#139)

are Cavanaugh and Hart playing? 

10/25/2014 10:45:32 AM - Gw0811 - 269 posts (#84)

Yes to Hart. Tyler is in a boot 

10/25/2014 10:58:10 AM - Wax Daddy - 176 posts (#115)

First half ended- 

kethan- looking back to his old form- got up real quick for an almost thunderous dunk and hit a nice mid range

joe- looking back to normal as well

swan looks like advanced for a freshman this far- nice touch on a three and looks a little bigger than anticipated

10/25/2014 10:58:26 AM - Mike K - 1,002 posts (#30)

it is looking like Larson is a man amongst boys.

10/25/2014 11:40:44 AM - Pkgw - 111 posts (#147)

bryant by far most aggressive if the freshman on the offensive end

10/25/2014 12:07:25 PM - Mike K - 1,002 posts (#30)

Shawnta sighting

10/25/2014 12:32:25 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)

stuff from my head (not all may be accurate):

  • KevLar looks unstoppable, gets amazing, deep position and uses his body to block-out everyone. He got whereever he wanted when he wanted. I really don't think the level of competition would matter.
  • Pato was terrific all-around and hit several '3s in stride.
  • Bryant played almost exclusively on the perimeter.
  • Paul J. is an absolute luxury at back-up point guard and everyone should think there'll be no let-down when he plays. He plays within himself and takes what is given him (much like JoeMac last season).
  • Swan was a huge surprise to me as he stood-out more than any of the other freshmen. He snagged boards in traffic, hit from the outside, drove.
  • None of the freshmen played much defense, although Bryant was working hard.
  • Cimino was moving well, rarely came out and was into the flow on offense--including a nice assist to KevLar in traffic. But he is just way to easy to move on the boards and defense.
  • Yuta has same board and defensive problems of Cimino, but wants he finds his place in the offense will be a b!tch to guard in the mid-range.
  • There was NO defense played and both teams remained in a soft man-to-man the whole game with almost no ball pressure. The result was lots of offense.
  • The core four all looked liked seasoned veterans.
  • Nice to see Savage, JoeMac, Garino and Kopriva take and make '3s all within the context of the offense.
  • This team has a ton of offensive options.

All in all, I kept repeating to myself "it's just a mindless scrimmage", but this did NOT look like a team in late October that just started practicing. It didn't matter who was on the court or even when they mixed-up team personnel after half-time, they were all on the same page. When they start mastering sets and learning it's defense that counts.....well, needless to say, I'm GOD DAMN EXCITED!!!!

10/25/2014 12:35:39 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)

And I'm hoping BM will fill-in who the  three recruits were at the scrimmage. One was 6'9+, one was a tall guard and the other was 6'7ish.

10/25/2014 12:40:41 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)

....thanks BM for already filling-in the recruit blanks (no thanks to me for not pre-reading my own board)

10/25/2014 12:44:09 PM - NYC GW HOOPS - 28 posts (#220)

thanks for the update for those of us stuck in the city for work!  Can't wait for the season to begin.

10/25/2014 12:44:39 PM - Florida Colonial - 507 posts (#45)

Kodye Pugh, Darnell Rogers.. Who else?

10/25/2014 1:22:35 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,702 posts (#18)

Thanks for the report!

10/25/2014 1:28:09 PM - BC - 1,187 posts (#25)

How was Kopriva?  Seems like he scored 21 or 22 pts according to twitter talk.

10/25/2014 1:30:52 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)

Kopriva played hard and a lot....and was clearly looking to be more offensive-minded. He got points on short baseline jumpers and put-backs, as well as a wacky dunk attempt which he missed but the vaulted 10 feet above the basket and dropped in. He looked fine, but exactly like what you'd expect a more offensive-minded Kopriva would look like.

10/25/2014 1:41:32 PM - BC - 1,187 posts (#25)

Thanks Herve.    I hope this preview plays out during the season!

10/25/2014 1:46:24 PM - Mike K - 1,002 posts (#30)

There were 7 or so recruits, 4 next to me and 3 over on the other side of the seating area. I told my son I need to review the board to ID them. Appearantly BM knows what they look like and recognizes them right away! BM, tried catching up with u after the scrimmage but u were gone!

10/25/2014 1:52:10 PM - pops - 348 posts (#66)

yeah, i thought kopriva looked good as well.  also agree that swan was the surprise out there.  i didn't see him at kenner and the kid has some game. he's fast as all get out and has lightning quick reflexes. 

i thought the upperclassmen looked absolutely great!  but i'm beginning to think LSF may have a point on freshmen depth.  ML hasn't said anything about McCoy but I really hope he can log serious minutes in rotation underneath.  I'm not sure the others can old up defensively.

one thing about swan, he was being subbed with hart.   just the two of them.  made me think he is currently on the end of the bench.

10/25/2014 2:07:53 PM - ziik - 2,575 posts (#10)

Thanks to all for these reports. Its embarassing, but I have been following the Buff and Blue for nearly 50 years now, and this may be my last go-round. I'd love to see Shawnta's son decide to play on his dad's team. A decision like that, coupled with the enthusiasm the current players show, is quite a difference from the days when GW had something like 3 of the worst 5 defenders in college bball (based on fouls per game), or Bob Tallent could recruit only guys who could fit into a Ford Pinto.

Any negativity to report? If so, let's get it out and over. 

Otherwise, what a nice day, all around.

10/25/2014 2:29:31 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)

Hart was clearly subbing for what would have been Griffin's minutes. Hart hit a '3 and attempted a few, but he's quite small.

10/25/2014 2:44:53 PM - BM - 4,985 posts (#3)

* Yuta has bad hands.  dropped many rebounds, passes, dribbles.

* ML said Griffin has taken his game up a notch and will pick up some of Creek's outside game.

* Swan's offense was like the quarter of a game he got to play at Kenner.  VERY confident scoring from everywhere and a good rebounder.  Supposedly had Miami and CInci offers so manybe we're grossly underestimating him.  Was mostly defending Garino which was funny to watch.

* Don't know any other recruits off hand, but I think I can pull another name or two.

10/25/2014 3:24:35 PM - BM - 4,985 posts (#3)

i think one of the kids there was Alani Moore, 3/4 star guard. 

10/25/2014 3:31:27 PM - BC - 1,187 posts (#25)

Were there any interesting experiments like Kethan playing point/Joe playing shooting guard?    BM what was funny about Swan guarding Patricio?  Garino would be hard for anyone to guard, so did Swan tickle him or what?    What was the crowd like?   Was there a curtain?

10/25/2014 3:34:37 PM - herve - 8,587 posts (#1)
  • JoeMac, Kethan and Paul J all played point. JoeMac and Kethan, as well as Bryant and Swan, spent time at SG.
  • Garino drove at will against Swan and was very physical and aggressive.
  • Crowd was quite small with only one lower bleacher side down, but it did start at 10am and was not overly advertised outside of season ticket holders as that was the target. No curtain.
10/25/2014 3:38:21 PM - BM - 4,985 posts (#3)

* KevLar made a 3 too, ML said he's OK with him taking them

* Drawing a blank on the big recruits

Sorry I missed you Mike K, went to the lunch for season ticket holders. 

10/25/2014 3:39:02 PM - ziik - 2,575 posts (#10)

Next time GW is down by 17 or so vs, I O W A, I see the comeback lineup as: McSavage, Pato, Bryant, to hound on D, and Griffin to hit the winning 3. 

ML may go nuts from all the possibilities, if all the recruits play as promised.

10/25/2014 3:40:39 PM - BM - 4,985 posts (#3)

Swan didn't really have a chance.  Was running around after Garino as he slid in and around picks and would finally foul him as he went to the basket.  Swan was great on O though.

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