Had a chance to watch the final games at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League last night. Here’s a few quick thoughts.
— Missed the first half of the first game that included Andrew Andrews, Hikeem Stewart and Gilles Dierickx. However, several folks in attendance said Stewart shined brightest en route to a game-high 25 points and an easy 70-51 win. He shot well from the perimeter, which bodes well for the 6-2 junior guard who was 23.1 percent from the field and 0 for 5 on three-pointers last season. Andrews appeared to be taking it easy and finished with two points. Dierickx was productive around the basket and had 14 points. And former Garfield High guard Desjuan Newton, who is transferring from Central Arizona CC to Robert Morris, added 16 points.
— Husky freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss battled Seattle University’s Isiah Umipig and it wasn’t a contest. The Redhawk junior guard, who sat out last season after transferring from Cal State Fullerton, took command of the game and led a 76ers team to a dominating 92-68 victory. We’ve said it several times when recapping summer-league games that no one should read too much into a particular performance whether it’s positive or negative. Still, Umipeg who had 21 points, five three-pointers and several crowd-pleasing dunks was clearly the best player on the floor. SU junior guard Jarell Flora added 11.
Williams-Goss, who was scoreless, appeared more intent on creating scoring opportunities for others than looking for his shot. He connected with Darin Johnson on two alley-oop dunks in the second half that thrilled the fans. When Johnson wasn’t soaring for jams, he shot reasonably well from the perimeter before the game got out of hand. He had 11 points, which matched the point total for Jahmel Taylor. The 5-11 freshman guard is energetic and fiesty, but he had difficulty defending bigger players in the paint.
Jernard Jarreau was the bright spot for the UW-dominated Suns team that lost by 24 points. The 6-10 sophomore forward had flashes of brilliance in the paint. He began the game with two low-post moves that produced points. Minutes later, he tried another spin move but missed the bunny. Jarreau also displayed a steady mid-range jumper and led a fast break that culminated in an assist. He had 15 points.
— With his famous father sitting on the sideline, Shawn Kemp Jr. missed the first half of the nightcap but he still got 20 minutes of of good work against former UW center Aziz N’Diaye and SU’s Clarence Trent. Other than a hurried mid-range jumper that sailed off the mark, Kemp worked predominately in the post. He ran the floor well and set solid screens. Offensively, Kemp didn’t show much versatility and had six points. Meanwhile, Aziz led his Miami team with 21 points and an 82-80 win. Trent had 20 points and Earl Thompson, who is playing at Shoreline CC next season, added 17. Shaquille McKissic, the former Edmonds CC standout who is transferring to Arizona State, scored a game-high 34 points. Jeff Perkins, the former Rainier Beach standout who’ll play at University of Hawaii at Hilo next season, added 14 and Kadeem Stewart, Hikeem’s brother, had 10.
— In the championship game, Seattle Pacific senior forward Patrick Simon, who transferred from Washington State, stole the show and led a Falcons-dominated team to a 73-67 win. He finished with 34 points while draining seven three-pointers. SPU freshman center Joe Rasmussen added 12 points. SU’s Luiz Bidart (16 points) and Jack Crook (10) were on the losing side for the New Jersey squad.