The season is winding down at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League, which features several local college players including the Washington Huskies.
Two games Monday featured several UW players.
The first contest pitted a team comprised of Jernard Jarreau, Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor against a squad of several Seattle Pacific players. The UW crew led 36-27 in the first half, but fell 71-70 in the final seconds.
Taylor had a quiet game and finished with just three points. Jarreau missed the first half, but made an impact early in the second half. He drained a mid-range jumper before powering to the rim and dropping in a layup. Two possessions later, he led a fastbreak and delivered an alley-oop lob to Johnson for a layup. Jarreau finished with four points. It wasn’t his best game. In fact, JJ had his hands full with Cory Hutsen who scored a game-high tying 22 points. Leading 70-69 in the final seconds, Jarreau had a turnover on an inbound pass that led to a game-clinching layup.
This was my first time watching Williams-Goss with UW players and he’s as good as advertised. His basketball IQ is off the charts. He has an incredible feel for the game and seemingly makes the right play all the time. At least he did in the second half Monday, with the exception of two turnovers in the final minute. He drained two NBA-range three-pointers early in the second half and spent the rest of the game getting to the rim and dishing assists. He was also able to get in the paint with guile and hesitation moves. Williams-Goss had 19 points, which was offset by 20 points from SPU’s David Downs.
And finally, Johnson tallied 22 points and made it look easy. The freshman guard is like a great white shark. He’s always on the attack. He’s got a steady jumper and he’s strong enough to get inside.
In the nightcap, Andrew Andrews led his team to a 93-92 win against a squad that included former UW standout Aziz N’Diaye (17 points) and Seattle University’s Clarence Trent (28 points). Andrews connected on three three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Hikeem Stewart added 20 , sophomore Gilles Dierickx eight and Desjuan Newton, who is transferring from Central Arizona CC to Robert Morris, had 30.
Trent was impressive while knocking down deep three-pointers and using his incredible athleticism for tip jams and windmill dunks. N’Diaye powered in several dunks and kept Dierickx fairly quiet.
Not sure if Andrews and Stewart can play together for long stretches in the Pac-12, but Monday they were too much for N’Diaye’s team. Both guards shot the ball well on the perimeter and were pests on the defensive end.
Trailing 92-91 with 14.2 seconds remaining, Andrews baited a defender into a foul. He used a pump-fake on a three-pointer to get the defender in the air and jumped into him for the call. Andrews made two of three free throws, but needed to sweat out three potentially game-winning shots in the final seconds.
The league comes to an end next week. Check back for times and pairings.