Below is the recap from Kenner League action on Saturday, July 18th:
Grayson Carter: 21 pts, 6-8 2pt, 3-13 3 pt, 7 reb (2 off), 1 asst, 1 bl
-Carter played pretty much the full game today, so we got to see a little more of his game
-He is definitely VERY comfortable firing up 3 pointers! He missed some badly, but on the whole he looks like a solid shooter. He just needs to be more selective. He has good form and a quick release.
-Moves around the court well, but like most young bigs, needs to get stronger
-Overall, a solid effort from Carter despite all the missed 3s. He can shoot from midrange as well as from 3, and showed a few flashes of offensive skill to complement his shooting.
-One odd note on Carter - every time the Kenner announcer says his name, he says he is from "Denton-Guyer" (his high school). Traditionally they announce the school the player attended. I don’t know if there is any reason for this, but it is a little odd.
-Hit a nice 10 foot baseline turnaround jumper over Pickett
-Nice pump fake/drive for a basket
-hit a setback fadeaway 15 footer.
Kaleb Johnson: 28 pts, 7-9 2 pt, 5-8 FT, 3-7 3pt, 6 reb (1 off), 3 asst, 1 TO
-another really good game from Kaleb. He scored more of his points in the half court today, with a few good drives. He hit most of his wide open 3s, but any time he has to rush/is contested, he is a lot less accurate.
-it will be really interesting to see if Kaleb starts. He has played great in Kenner. He has been good in Kenner every summer, but this year he has been a step above past summers.
-Had a nice half court drive off a Carter screen for a layup. Good to see him attack the basket effectively in the halfcourt, he did this all game without his usual turnovers.
-hit a floater in the lane over a defender
-destroyed a big man off the dribble on a switch
-drove baseline, got cut off, kicked the ball out to Carter for a wide open 3
-nice +1 finish through traffic, in transition
-fake pass in transition, opening up space for him to finish at the rim
Jagan Mosely: 10 pts, 2-6 2pt, 2-3 3pt, 3 reb, 2 asst
-Mosely was better today. A big more aggressive and effective
-his 3 point shot has looked solid in every game so far
-but he struggled again to finish in traffic at the rim. Did have one nice move - cut to the hoop, caught pass, changed direction on a dime, finished with his left hand
Jamorko PIckett: 20 pts, 7-8 2pt, 3-4 ft, 1-4 3pt, 5 reb, 1 asst, 1 TO
-much better game for Pickett today. He was aggressive and finished well. He was not settling for jump shots, he was attacking the basket.
-he went end to end with a defensive board at least three times- using his length to finish over defenders at the rim
-saw he was in a mismatch off a switch, quickly posted up much smaller defender, received pass, finished over defender
Antwan Walker: 22 points, 7-8 2pt, 2-2 FT, 2-4 3pt, 14 reb (4 off), 1 asst, 1 bl, 1 TO
-Walker was really good today. He is running the court very well - catching passes on the move and smootlhly, powerfully finishing at the rim.
-Another good rebounding game, he controlled the boards on both ends. He had one particularly good rebound on which he used his athleticism to fly in and grab a defensive board from out of his area.
-had a nice backdown of smaller defender, finish with a RH jump hood in the lane
-went the length of the court, then used hesitation dribble to create space for a strong finish.
-hit a few threes, his first of the summer; including a real long 3 to open the game.
-threw a nice pass to a cutter in the lane
-Took his man off the dribble from the perimeter, used a eurostep to clear the traffic at the rim, and finished with a finger roll over a defender
-At this point, I think Walker or Kaleb have to be the 5th starter. Other than a lackluster first game from Walker, both have played very well so far this summer.
Trey Mourning: 15 pts, 4-8 2 pt, 1-2 FT, 2-2 3pt, 10 reb (2 off), 3 asst, 1 bl, 2 TO
-solid all around game. Did a little bit of everything - threes, mid range jumpers, defensive boards, some good on ball defense against a tough matchup, some nice passes
-fans have always wanted Trey to get more of a chance to play, in part because he has looked good at times in Kenner games. I do worry, however, that he might not be strong/quick/explosive enough to hold up against BE caliber athletes. The backup 5 minutes and the 4 minutes are pretty wide open - it will be interesting to see if Trey gets the opportunity to show what he can do in some meaningful amount of playing time this season.
-Trey always talks really well on defense, calling out PnR defense, etc.
-hit a pull up 18 footer off the dribble
-made a good, hard off ball cut to establish deep post position, Got pass, finished strong.
-hit a turnaround J from the mid post over walker
-good give and go pass leading to a wide open layup
-good pass from midcourt in transition, leading to +1 finish
-Covered Andrew Harrison (veteran Kenner player and a real good, aggressive scorer) for much of the game. Held his own. On final regulation possession, he was isolated on Harrison. He stayed with him and forced him into a 15 foot J as he fell away from the basket. Trey got a piece of it, sending the tied game to OT.
Jahvon Blair: 24 pts, 6-10 2 pt, 4-10 3pt, 5 reb, 1 off, 4 asst, 3 TO
-solid game from Blair, but his point total kind of overstates his performance. He had at least 5 baskets resulting from leaking out early on D (as soon as a shot went up), Pryor getting a rebound, and then Pryor throwing the ball up court to him for an easy layup. This game was a very loose, low level defense contest. Blair is not going to get all these easy layups in a real game.
-good transition pass to LeBlanc running the lane
-threw a lob pass from 30+ feet for a dunk
Josh LeBlanc: 24 pts, 9-18 2pt, 3-4 FT, 1-2 3pt, 9 reb (5 off), 2 asst, 2 st, 4 bl, 2 TO
-This was the kind of game I think we were expecting from LeBlanc. He ran the court really well, hit the offensive boards hard, had a number of good blocks, hit a few jump shots, and was all over the place on both ends of the court. You could see the kind of impact player he has the potential to become.
-He really ran the court well, consistently catching passes at full speed in the lane and finishing at the rim
-but he was an inconsistent finisher in traffic. Still figuring out what he can/cannot do - had a few shots that were easily blocked.
-hustled back on D for a nice block from behind
-hit a 14 foot pull up J. Also hit a 3, and his missed 3 almost went in. Also shot Ok from the foul line. Best shooting day by far this summer
-His blocks were impressive - blocked 2 jumpers, and 2 at the rim
-Best transition finish - caught the ball at full speed just inside the foul line, and used a soft finger roll to score
-He seemed so much more comfortable and aggressive today. Seemed like the game slowed down a bit for him, allowing him to be aggressive and use his skills/athleticism more effectively than he did last weekend.