Friars.com: From The Desk of CoachKenoDavis.com
Coach answers some questions on the heels of the Cancun Challenge.
What individual players stood out in the past couple of games?
It is important for different players to step up every night with such a young team this season. I was pleased with many of the players’ efforts highlighted by Ron Giplaye’s defense and rebounding, Duke Mondy’s clutch three point shooting versus Wyoming and Vincent Council’s ability to close out of the game with an impressive 16-16 from the free throw line.
Friar Basketball: Council, Giplaye Emerge in Cancun
If there was any doubt that Vincent Council is the Friars’ best player, those questions are being squashed early in this season.
A year ago, Council impressed with his ability to create as a freshman and what stood out early in the season was his searching out his own offense. It was a marked change from his style of play a year ago, but as the season has unfolded it has become evident that Council is shooting more out of necessity. This team is really struggling to score, and fortunately for them Council has increased his scoring average from 10 ppg a year ago to 18 through six games so far. And he’s done it by increasing his efficiency.
Speaking of Canucn…
(There’s always a lot of stuff I could post that I see floating around, but I couldn’t resist this one. Let’s call it the Council-Dixon-Batts-Mondy Giant Mexican Hat exemption.)
ClipperBlog: Phoenix 116, Clippers 108
The Clippers failed to get their third straight win, but Ryan Gomes had his season’s best performance. In 31 minutes of play after coming off the bench, Gomes had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was 3-4 from three point land.
It was a shame, really, because the Clippers wasted some big efforts from some unlikely people. Ryan Gomes and Brian Cook shot a combined 7 for 9 from behind the arc, which probably won’t happen too often. Cookie also grabbed ten rebounds, for a rare double-double. Like many in Clipper Nation, I’ve been critical of Cook’s signing, but he once again did exactly what Neil Olshey promised he would, stretching the floor with that hideous looking line-drive jump shot. And Ryan Gomes not only scored a season high 20 points, but also guarded Steve Nash effectively when the Clips went on their run in the third quarter.
Gomes is averaging 7.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game.
Blue Demon’s Lair: DePaul Gets Blown Out by Cal State Northridge 88-66
I think it’s safe to say DePaul has a lockdown on the spot for worst team in the conference.
I am trying to remain as positive about DePaul as possible these days. Based on what I saw today, it is very hard to do so. We saw some good things on Thursday like the pressure defense, but today everything fell apart. It wasn’t like we were playing Duke. If DePaul wants to at least have any sort of shot in the Big East at winning even a few games, this needs to be improved. We knew Oliver Purnell had his work cut out of him, but to get our rear end’s kicked against a team like this scares the crap out of me.