Exhibition games are expected to be like the homecoming game in high school. Bring in an opponent you should handle. The starters get to rest most of the second half and everyone leaves happy. Thankfully unlike Syracuse that’s exactly how it went for the Bulldogs on Saturday night in the TAC.
Don’t want to draw too many conclusions until the bullets are flying for real starting next weekend but here’s my thoughts on the 37 point win over Lincoln.
*Kyle Gibson – barring injury he will be first team All-WAC and depending on where the Bulldogs finish is a legitimate Player Of Year candidate. 5 for 13 from the field, 4 for 7 from deep, and 9 for 11 from the charity stripe. 23 points total, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 3 steals in 31 minutes. Seems like he likes playing his natural position at the three.
*Magnum Rolle – 15 points, 8 rebounds on a very efficient 5 for 9 from the field. Made a great defensive play with one of his two blocks. There’s no reason he can’t have these numbers every night out.
*Jamel Guyton – Didn’t shoot well from the perimeter (0 for 4) but had a good overall game with 10 points on 5 for 10 shooting. Great night on the defensive end with 5 steals. Also had 3 assists.
*DeAndre Brown – a quiet night from the point guard but one that I liked. He ran the team and deferred to his teammates to score. Went 2 for 5 from the field and ended with 5 points. He just needs to run the team and be enough of an offensive threat to make the defense respect him. He showed me that in the scrimmage last week.
*Shawn Oliverson -Big man started at the five which shifted Rolle to the four. Sixteen minutes, four points, five rebounds (3 offensive), 2 steals and a block.
Olu Ashalou – brought some offensive punch off the bench. As usual ran well in transition which led to easy buckets. Is improved. 5 for 9, 10 points, 7 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Yonas Berhe – speaking of improved I am not longer worried every time Behre brings the ball down the court as the backup point. 7 points, 2 steals in 19 minutes. Amazing how actually getting to participate in preseason workouts can help a player.
David Jackson – I loved the job “Mr. Role player” played last season with the ability to give you a few minutes at the three and the four, catch and shoot the three, and notch almost every column on the stat sheet every night. Every team needs at least one of those guys. New season, same Jackson. 14 minutes, 7 points (hit a three), 2 rebounds, and a steal.
Darius Redding – frosh played seventeen minutes and only hit one field goal. But with that field goal he showed the home crowd that there will be many great explosive athletic plays from him in the next few years. A great windmill dunk on the break that was Sportcenter worthy.
Justin Rake – the preferred walk on originally from New Orleans came in with a reputation as a shooter. Looks well deserved as Rake nailed his first two shots from three. Missed his last three shots from the field and ended the night with six points in nine minutes. He may develop into a nice zone buster.
Trey Felder – freshman from Jackson played three minutes and got on the board with a free throw.
Kaiser Stegall – Karl Malone’s nephew played three minutes and missed the only shot he took to end the night as the only Bulldog to not score.
Did not play –
Anson Bartlett (Returning Walkon – sat out in street clothes)
Andres Marmolejo (Preferred Walkon – reportedly going to redshirt)