Donte Greene, 69, SF/PF, Syracuse
20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 7-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-7 FT
Greene scored the rest of his points getting to the rim, mostly just finishing on shots created by others, as his post game still needs some further refinement. Greene exhibits excellent body control when going to the rim, especially with his ability to adjust in mid-air in transition, which he did a few times throughout the games and practices. Whether its taking contact and adjusting his body to still get off a good lay-up attempt or extending his body to catch a poorly thrown alley-oop pass and still having the balance to put it in the hoop before touching the ground, Greenes usually finding a way to impress in the air. He had a few athletic jams in transition in this game, one of which he went full extension on, jumping from a good distance away from the hoop. On his sole back-to-the-basket attempt in the game, Greene backed down a smaller opponent to put up a no-look hook shot, which he missed.
Greene still has a few areas of his game he needs to work on, most notably his ball-handling, defense, and post-up game, but he has a lot of things he can contribute right away at Syracuse. His ball-handling is a bit too loose at this stage of his development, and he will need to tighten that up so he could better utilize his ability to hit jump shots off-the-dribble. Defensively, Greene had one nice transition block here, but hes going to need to develop either his post-up or perimeter man-to-man defense in the future, depending on whether he goes the small forward or power forward route, both of which he could find success doing.
Kosta Koufos, 70, Center, Ohio State
14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 6-12 FG, 2-4 FT
In a game where post-up pivots dont usually get to showcase themselves, Kosta Koufos actually got a good share of back-to-the-basket attempts, though his lack of polish was evident on many of them. He missed on his first handful of attempts, sometimes badly, be it on lay-ups or fade-away shots from five feet out. It seems at times that he will just turn around and throw it towards the basket before getting a better sense of where he is in relation to the hoop and concentrating on putting up a more accurate attempt. In one sequence he missed a five-foot fade-away shot off the glass, then got his own rebound and badly missed the putback attempt as well.
As the game went on, Koufos settled down a bit and did a better job in the post, scoring on consecutive and-1s at one point, one coming on a jumper off the glass from five feet out and the other coming on a lay-up at the basket. He also had one very nice move where he spun into a mini-hook shot from five feet out, doing so off of an offensive rebound. His other scores came on a transition lay-up and a wide-open jam near the hoop in the halfcourt, as well as by getting to the free-throw line on post-up attempts.
Koufos did a pretty good job rebounding the ball, using his positioning and size mostly, and also had one nice transition block where he ran the floor well to catch his opponent from behind. Defensively, Koufos didnt get to exhibit much in the halfcourt in this relatively sloppy game, and there werent any post-up bigs on the other team that he got the opportunity to match-up with.
Patrick Patterson, 68, SF/PF, Undecided
12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 5-7 FG, 2-4 FT
Defensively, Patterson was active around the painted area, contesting and blocking shots that came towards him, including one impressive post block against Blake Griffin. Patterson has yet to decide where he will attend college, but hes the type of gritty role-player that should be able to step in and make an impact anywhere, using his athleticism and tenacious motor to score around the rim, own the boards, and make some plays on the defensive end. Hed do himself well to continue to work on his post game and develop more of a mid-range jumper, which would expand the contributions he could make for his team.
Jerryd Bayless, 63, PG/SG, Arizona
17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 5-8 FG, 7-10 FT
Bayless started the game off with a long two-pointer that he hit while on the move in transition, exhibiting the excellent body control and elevation on his shot that hes already quickly become known for. He went on to hit another long pull-up two-pointer that was contested later in the game, as well as drawing a foul attempting his shot on a similar play. He hit one other spot-up jumper from 18 feet out, but other that that, most of his damage was done around the rim, where he got to the foul line repeatedly. Bayless mostly got to the rim on right-handed, simple drives, but used his crossover when necessary, and also showed off his pretty left-handed floater on one occasion, which he converted from about five feet out. In the intersquad scrimmage the day before the game, he showed a tendency to try and pull off complex moves when simple ones would do, but he compacted his dribble-drive game here, with obvious strong results.
Bayless dished out a few assists in transition and made a nice entry pass to the post in the halfcourt, but he wasnt showing off much in terms of a point guard game here, and hell probably be more of an off-guard at Arizona, at least early in his career. He showed off his anticipation and length well on one nice transition steal, but this wasnt a defense-heavy game. Bayless most impressive play on the night was probably a reverse alley-oop catch he made in the halfcourt, slipping through the back door and going up high and strong to jam the ball down, something he does very well while being just 63.
Nick Calathes, 65, PG/SG/SF, Florida
9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers, 4-9 FG, 1-3 3PT
Chandler Parsons, 68, SF, Florida
11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5-7 FG, 1-2 3PT
Chris Wright, 61, PG, Georgetown
14 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 7-17 FG, 0-2 3PT
Chris Wright had a pretty solid game for his team, taking advantage of the high-tempo style being played by dishing out plenty of assists in transition, mostly on routine passes up the court or dump-offs near the rim, but also throwing a nice bounce assist through the defense on one occasion and an alley-oop pass on another. He didnt do much in terms of driving and dishing in the halfcourt, nor much creation for his teammates there, but did a solid job running his team and distributing the ball, mixing in some of his own scoring as well. He mostly scored on lay-ups in transition, but also had some drives in the halfcourt, as well as an impressive catch and score on a halfcourt possession, making an athletic catch on the low block, then spinning up for a lay-up off the glass before his defender knew what hit him. He wasnt able to do much scoring from the long or mid-range here, missing on all of his attempts, but he showed better prowess with his jump shot in the practices earlier in the week.