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October 16, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Final observations and scrimmage stats

Let’s start with full rundown of the statistics from the 10-minute scrimmage.
Gold Team — Overton 1-4, 3 points, 1 off. rebound, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 1 steal; Bryan-Amaning 1-2, 2 points, 2 def. rebounds 2 blocks; Thomas 3-5, 7 points, 1 def. rebound, 4 assists, 1 turnover; Trent 3-5, 6 points, 1 off. rebound; Suggs 1-3, 2 points, 1 def. rebound; Wilcox 2-3, 6 points.
Purple Team — Gaddy 2-2, 4 points, 1 def. rebound; Pondexter 2-5, 6 points, 3 def rebounds, 3 off rebounds, 4 assists; Turner 5-6, 10 points; Breshers 1-2, 2 points, 1 off. rebound, 1 block, 1 turnover; Gant 2-2, 4 points, 2 off. rebound 1 def rebound, 1 assist, Holiday (DNP–INJ).
A couple of links …
— Here’s our story from the scrimmage.
Washington has this report and a photo gallery.
And some observations …
Elston Turner put on a show. His shot appeared off in the three-point contest and quite frankly his release may be a little too slow for that type of event. But in the free-flowing scrimmage where marginal effort was displayed defensively, Turner looked like a fish in water. He sank 3 of 4 three-pointers, including a trey from NBA range.
Said coach Lorenzo Romar: “That was pretty deep. He’s capable of that. He’s a marksman. He’s a shooter.”
Even though the official stats don’t reflect it, Turner’s best shot may have been a dribble drive and reverse layup in traffic.
— The Abdul Gaddy vs. Venoy Overton battle is going to be fun. At least, it was fun to watch for a night. Overton conceded nothing to the star freshman and picked him clean for a turnover in the open court that resulted in a Clarence Trent windmill dunk. Overton managed a three-pointer, but he misfired on 3 of 4 shots and had two turnovers. Gaddy, 17, displayed composure that belies his age. It’s clear he’s a gifted passer who has incredible court vision.
Quincy Pondexter had a game-high six rebounds, which suggest he’ll likely fill the void left by Jon Brockman. Pondexter also sank a three-pointer, which got him excited perhaps because he only had three treys last season. But it was his work in the middle that seperated him from the pack. He may be UW’s best low-post player.
Isaiah Thomas’ skills are tailor-made for games like this so it’s no surprise he was a crowd-pleaser with flashy dribbling, explosive drives and rainbow shots.
C.J. Wilcox unveiled a silky jumper that’s probably a little better than advertised. The freshman guard easily won the three-point contest and didn’t seem in awe of his surroundings while sinking 2 of 3 three-pointers.
Tyreese Breshers and Trent have similar powerful games. Both are wide-bodied guys who like to bang and do the dirty work in the middle. Trent may be a little more athletic, but Breshers showed quick hops blocking an attempt from Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Bryan-Amaning looks quicker than he did last season and exhibited fine ball-handling when he led a fast break and finished with a dunk.
— Everyone who played scored at least one basket and perhaps Romar put it best when he said: “Games like this there’s some players that can shine and then when you have structure, they get lost and vice versa. There’s some out there they don’t do anything, but then in our practice tomorrow they’ll stand out more than the other.”
— And finally, Jefferson High star recruit Terrence Jones hung out with Romar and the players for nearly an hour after the scrimmage. He appears to be paired with Gaddy during his official UW visit this weekend.

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