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July 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM

NSCC Summer League recap

Full slate of Washington players on hand Monday night at the North Seattle Community College Summer League. There were plenty of Huskies on the basketball court and a few in the stands, including former standout Tony Wroten Jr.
Aziz N’Diaye, who is still about a month away from returning from a wrist injury, watched on the sidelines along with UW newcomer Perris Blackwell.
Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox got the show started and they hardly broke a sweat while leading their team to an easy 80-64 win. They were the biggest guys on their squad and the size disparity forced them to play in the post and rebound, which isn’t their strengths.
Suggs defended the opposing team’s biggest player and the 6-6 UW senior surrendered at least 40 pounds and about three inches. You got the feeling watching Suggs using his quickness against the bigger opponent that he’ll have to spend some time in the post this season for the Huskies the way Terrence Ross did last year and Justin Holiday before him.
Suggs also displayed his versatility and ran the point at times. He had a few nice dribble drive layups and sank some long jumpers en route to 14 points.
Wilcox scored 13. He did a nice job rebounding and was at his best on the perimeter while struggling with his ball handling – especially in traffic – and finishing at the rim.


Perhaps the most anticipated game of the night featured senior point guard Abdul Gaddy and sophomore forward Martin Breunig taking on freshman guard Andrew Andrews and sophomore big man Shawn Kemp Jr.
Gaddy and Breunig’s team got a big boost from former UW standout Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who arrived to Seattle on Sunday after playing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
For the second time in three weeks, Gaddy looked like the best player in the gym. He came out firing and drained a three-pointer on the first possession and sank a layup on the next trip to lead his team to a 66-61 win. Gaddy scored a game-high 21 points, but he was at his best as a facilitator while directing the offense.
It was interesting watching Gaddy work the pick n’ roll with Bryan-Amaning and Breunig because I’m hearing the Huskies will use that play a lot this season with a stretch-4 who is able to knock down a mid-range jumper.
The pick n’ roll is also a good play for Gaddy who is quick enough to breakdown a bigger defender and get to rim. Still he prefers driving and drawing the defense before passing to teammates for open shots.
Many of Breunig’s 17 points were assists from Gaddy. Breunig played much better than he did in last week’s summer debut. He still appears somewhat unsure inside, defensively he’s generally a step slow on rotations and his individual matchup with former Rainier Beach High standout Jeff Perkins was a wash. However, Breunig displayed his tremendous athleticism with a few highlight dunks in transition.
The most intriguing matchup of the game was Bryan-Amaning and Kemp. A year ago, this would have been a total mismatch because Kemp was working himself into shape after taking off a year. Monday he was able to run with MBA, but he couldn’t match MBA’s skill beneath the basket.
Bryan-Amaning used a series of fakes and brilliant footwork to score 15 points on dunks and layups while Kemp had four. Andrews also added six points.
In the third game, UW newcomer Mark McLaughlin came off the bench and scored 21 points to lead his team to a 72-66 win. Former Husky star Isaiah Thomas had 13 while Jernard Jerreau tallied 14 in his NSCC debut. The freshman forward also produced the play of the night and flushed a crowd-pleasing tomahawk dunk after blowing by a defender with a dribble drive. Jerreau was also impressive defensively with at least three blocks.
And finally, sophomore wing Desmond Simmons, who made his summer debut, and sophomore guard Hikeem Stewart rallied for a 71-69 victory. Simmons missed his first three perimeter shots before making a critical three-pointer late in the game. He scored a team-high 21 points while playing against a 6-9 big man with raw athletic ability. Stewart added 18 against Seattle University standout Sterling Carter, who had 24.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Mark McLaughlin

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