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July 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Fun matchups at NSCC Summer League

Perhaps the most intriguing matchup at the North Seattle Community College Summer League tonight features a battle between two Washington teammates vying for minutes in the low post.
Sophomore big man Shawn Kemp Jr. and freshman guard Andrew Andrews will take on freshman forward Jernard Jarreau and Mark McLaughlin.
Kemp and Jerreau will likely compete for minutes at power forward while each brings a different skill set to the position.
At 6-9 and 265 pounds, Kemp has the prototypical size to battle beneath the basket. He’s expected to backup center Aziz N’Diaye and UW coaches will look at pairing him with N’Diaye much like they did former Husky standout Matthew Bryan-Amaning durinig the 2010-11 season. Kemp is developing a low-post offensive game and defensively he adequately defends the basket.
Meanwhile Jerreau is an inch taller (6-10) and about 75 pounds lighter at 195 pounds. He’s adept at blocking shots as a help defender while bigger opponents have been able to overpower him at the point of attack. Jerreau also has a diverse offensive skill set. He’s an adequate ball handler and passer. His mid-range jumper is dependable and he’s working to improve his range to the three-point line.
Tonight’s other promising matchup features Washington sophomores Desmond Simmons and Hikeem Stewart who will try to slow down a high-scoring squad that includes senior co-captain Scott Suggs and junior C.J. Wilcox.
Here’s a breakdown of UW players past and present on the teams:
Boston – Abdul Gaddy and Martin Breuing
Lakers – Andrew Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr.
Knicks – Jernard Jarreau, Mark McLaughlin and Isaiah Thomas
Suns – Desmond Simmons and Hikeem Stewart
76ers – Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox
TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
6 p.m. – Chicago vs. Boston
7 p.m. – Knicks vs. Lakers
8 p.m. – 76ers vs. Suns
9 p.m. – Blazers vs. Miami
MONDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
Updated: 4:34 p.m.
Elliott Pitts, a 2013 prospect and 6-5 shooting guard from Concord, Calif., has included Washington on his final five list. The others include California, Virginia, Georgetown and Arizona. When asked about the Huskies, he told Scout.com’s Josh Gershon: “Coach (Lorenzo) Romar has done a great job recruiting me. I talk to coach (Paul) Fortier almost every day and I just feel comfortable with them. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the school and facilities.”
— It’s a little old, but NBAdraft.net’s Aran Smith updated his 2013 top draft prospect list and included Wilcox at No. 38. However, Smith believes Wilcox’s stock is dropping.
— Former UW star Nate Robinson is reportedly close to signing with the Chicago Bulls.
— Early reports indicate former Kentwood High star Joshua Smith has slimmed down this summer, but UCLA coach Ben Howland told SI.com’s Seth Davis that Smith’s diet is still a concern.
— Stanford hired Bernard Muir as its new athletic director.
— If and when Gonzaga coach Mark Few decides to retire, assistant Tommy Lloyd will the Bulldogs’ next coach.
— Former UCLA star Reeves Nelson is trying to turn his career around with the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Most teams like the new NCAA rule which allows coaches two hours per week of contact during the summer. However, the Ivy League has chosen not to adopt the new policy.

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

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