[Editors Note: Thank you to Hoo Friend Wahoo Josh who sent us his notes and some awesome photographs and videos from the scrimmage. This writeup is his impressions from the scrimmage.]
The Hoos showed some rust in the first public appearance of the 2018-19 squad before the JPJ fans, an estimated crowd of 6,000. The scrimmage included a 15-minute game, three “sudden death” games, and a 10-minute game which went to a sudden death overtime.
The White squad featured Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, Jack Salt, and Marco Anthony. The Blue squad included Kihei Clark, Kody Stattmann, Braxton Key, Mamadi Diakite, and Jay Huff. The two Frankies did not dress, Badocchi and Caffaro. Walk-ons Jayden Nixon and Austin Katstra dressed but did not see game action.
The first game saw the White team move out to a 10-2 lead, as Jack Salt displayed some nice passing out of the post, and Salt had an open court steal and lumbering layup. The Blue responded with Diakite displaying a nice post move for a hoop and Braxton Key tossing the ball above the rim for a Jay Huff slam cutting the score to 13-6 at 8:00. Huff displayed good interior defense on Salt, and he blocked a follow attempt by Guy. Kyle Guy had a nice assist to Jack for a bucket. The White held a 22-13 lead at 3:41, and held on to win 26-20. Multiple 2-point jumpers by Jerome and Hunter kept the Blue at bay, and the game ended with a Stattmann triple from the corner.
The biggest negative in Game 1 was Mamadi Diakite collecting 5 fouls by the 4-minute mark. Kody Stattmann was not strong with the ball, and was stripped three times throughout the afternoon.
Tony Bennett took the microphone and jested that the team “needed to go to the gym and work on our defense.” He urged the crowd to be hostile to the White team as though they were the Miami football team. Blue had the ball to open the first sudden death game. That game was captured by the Blue as Huff missed a 3-point shot, but knocked Kyle Guy to the floor while following his shot and stuck the follow shot in.
Sudden death game two was a defensive battle for two and half minutes, and finally settled when Hunter made both ends of a one-and-one free throw opportunity.
Blue captured sudden death game three with a pretty move by freshman Kihei Clark. As the shot clock wound toward zero, Hunter had switched to Clark, and Kihei drove down the right side of the lane, absorbed some contact from De'Andre, and flipped in the winning shot.
For the 10-minute game, Diakite switched teams with Anthony, so the White Team was the expected starting lineup. The White team insisted on feeding the ball to Salt in the post for several early possessions. Unfortunately Jack’s supposed improvement on offense did not show, as he missed five of seven contested post moves and three of four foul shots during the afternoon. As White’s offense struggled, Blue pulled out to a 11-3 lead. By the 0:40 mark, White had cut the lead to 15-12. White grabbed another bucket making the score 15-14, and then Key had an ugly turnover and intentionally fouled Jerome in the open court at 0:17. Ty only made one free throw, and the game was settled in sudden death overtime by a Mamadi Diakite three ball from the left corner.
Overall shooting by both squads from my shot chart, which may be slighly incomplete: 30-58 FG, 10-24 3FG, 13-23 FT. Six baskets were dunks or uncontested layups, and the squads were 7-17 on contested layups/post moves, and 7-11 on 2-point jumpers/floaters.
- Jerome and Guy were 1-8 from long distance, including three ugly air balls by Jerome.
- Hunter had an efficient 14 points, 5-8 FG (0-1) 3FG) and 4-5 from the line.
- Crowd favorite Huff had 15 points, 6-8 FG (2-4 3FG), 1-4 from the line, and two sweet dunks.
- Jerome had 14 points, 5-9 FG (1-5 3FG), 3-5 from the line.
- Braxton Key did not force the action, and hit 2-3 rainbow threes, but passed up a driving lane more than once.
- Diakite was also efficient on offense, with 4-6 FG (2-2 3FG) and 4-5 FT.
- Clark, Stattmann, and Anthony each hit one three-pointer.