The big wow of the evening went to Sam Prescott. The transfer from Marist is a real scorer and he showed an ability defensively as well. Unfortunately, he has to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules but he'll make an impact as soon as he appears next year. He shoots with range, can get to the tin and has a nice ability to shoot off the dribble. I thought he was the best player on the floor tonight.
Both Raven Barber and Jacolby Wells played well. Danny Thompson also did the things that we've come to expect from Thompson. Even with the departure of Shawn Atupem, I think those three have nailed down most of the time inside - although Kristian Krajina may get some minutes in the post. I liked what I saw of the freshman Taylor Danaher - although his best days are clearly in front of him and he seems a likely redshirt candidate.
Rashad Whack is also going to be a factor for this team when he becomes eligible next year. I don't think he's as explosive offensively as Prescott but he'll be a player in this league.
I still think that this year's team will need to find a consistent second shooter behind Julian Norfleet. Freshman Kelvin Parker, who should see minutes, could become that. Obviously, Lamar Trice has the ability to knock down the open jump shot as well, and Josh Castellanos made his only three he attempted.
Still it is going to be a very small team on the floor if Coach Robert Burke has to play with three guards on the floor. The only real option on the wing - with true wing size is Xavier Owens the freshman from Florida. I thought he showed flashes during this scrimmage - however asking him to contribute this early will be a big task.
Guard play should be the strength of this team, but there is certainly still work to be done. Freshman point guard Chad Holley will likely move into the mix quickly and can be someone who can run the offense.
The Mount will scrimmage Youngstown State in a closed door event on Saturday before opening the season next Friday at Marquette.
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