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July 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Simmons, Stewart shine in summer league

Hikeem Stewart may have found his missing jump shot at the North Seattle Community College Summer League. As a deep reserve who averaged just 5.1 minutes, he connected on just 5 of 17 from the field (.294) and 1 of 6 on (.167) on three-pointers.
A few weeks ago he had a big scoring performance against inferior competition and last night the sophomore guard and Desmond Simmons came out firing against a team that included sharp-shooters Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox.
Stewart drained shots from long distance against Wilcox and dominated the individual matchup in the early minutes before Wilcox blew past Stewart with a brilliant cross-over dribble before flushing a dunk in traffic.
Stewart was highly aggressive offensively at the start against casual defense while it took Wilcox and Suggs about a half to get serious about the game. Once they got engaged, it became a thrilling contest.
Still Stewart got the better of the matchups and finished with 24 points while Suggs had 18 and Wilcox 16.
As good as Stewart was, he had to share Player of the Night honors with Simmons who battled former Seattle University player Eric Wallace.
Simmons did what Simmons does. He was relentless on both ends of the court. He appears as if he’s still getting comfortable with his three-point shot. Early in the game he hesitated before taking (and missing) two open shots from the arc. However, late in the game he calmly stepped into a three-pointer and attempted a similar shot on the next possession that rimmed out.
Simmons was 6 of 27 on (.222) on three-pointers last year and perhaps his perimeter shot is progressing. Still he was at his best cutting through the lane for layups, rebounding, diving for steals and loose balls, scoring on tip-ins and being a pest on the defensive end.
The game got close in the second half, but Simmons and Stewart led their squad to 76-73 win.


In the preceding game, redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau and sophomore Shawn Kemp Jr. paired against each other in a thrilling matchup.
Kemp had the benefit of redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews feeding him passes early in the game and the 6-9, 265-pound big man used his size gain great position in the post. If Kemp got the ball beneath the rim, Jarreau couldn’t stop his spin moves and layups.
But as the game wore on, Kemp appeared to tire and Jarreau began to thrive offensively. He sank a few mid-range jumpers and even barreled his 195-pound frame into a defender to create space before flushing a two-hand dunk in traffic.
Jarreau finished with 24 points and Kemp had 16.
Meanwhile Andrews did a little bit of everything. At times he was the playmaker, but when his team blew a five-point lead in the final minute he got serious about scoring. Andrews was quick and strong enough to get to the rim and draw fouls. By my count, he sank 8 for 8 free throws en route to 20 points. Still it wasn’t enough as Jarreau’s team won 79-75 in overtime.
In the second game, a squad comprised of former UW star Matthew Bryan-Amaning (18 points), Abdul Gaddy (15) and Martin Breunig (12) didn’t face much of a challenge during a 66-58 victory.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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