With football season not only here, but looking fairly promising, it hardly seems fair that I've got to start thinking about basketball already. But it'll be here before you know it, friends, as indicated by the first Blue-Gold scrimmage.
It hardly matters who wins these things, but I do like to take a look at the standouts. Talib Zanna continued his strong offseason after a monster summer in Greentree - he had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But I was also encouraged by Cam Wright's game-high 27 points.
Plenty else to like about Wright's game, too. He was 9-15 from the field and also had five assists, six rebounds, and three steals. I've already done the comparisons to Brad Wanamaker so I won't go too much into that. But if he can become an all-around player, he'll be highly valuable.
I've said all along that I think Wright starts the season at shooting guard and I'd be surprised if it didn't play out that way.
Another note from the game is that there appears to be quite the battle at power forward between Mike Young and Jamel Artis. That's particularly intriguing since Young was really the one most of us have been expecting to grab that job if Zanna does indeed stay at center. Also, the PG notes in that link above that Durand Johnson (concussion) and Joseph Uchebo (knee recovery) didn't play.
Other standout performances including 17 points from Lamar Patterson, 15 points/9 assists (and only one turnover) from James Robinson, and seven points/11 rebounds from Derrick Randall. Check out the full box score here.
Can't get too much out of one measly scrimmage, but still noteworthy.