Three games in three days for Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington. While we don’t know a whole lot, it is D2 competition and obviously we’ll find out more about these games as they year progresses. These were some really, really great match-ups in terms of level appropriate. Sad that WWU vs. CBU wasn’t on the schedule, but that’s about the only complaint.
Some stuff that got overlooked in our game reviews:
-Diante Mitchell had a 40 minute game, which is nuts -especially this early in the year. All hail the cardio master that is Diante.
-Suki Wiggs had a couple of 38 minute games.
-Jeff Parker hit 36, but for the most part Western didn’t need to use their guys for that many minutes. We’re totally not against 40 minute games, but ideally you can rotate a bit more.
-Along with the 35% free throw shooting game, WWU posted an 83% FT game, so… Tough team. Early season. Dig in Vikings.
Overall just a good time. Proud of these teams. Really can’t/shouldn’t say too much yet, but both look very promising. The production stats we’re getting are intriguing; it’s looking like it’ll be a better year in the GNAC and guys are going to need to be more productive on average in order to get a sniff at player of the week this year.
Suki Wiggs… We’re both in awe and horrified simultaneously. This is a kid that managed a great production rating while shooting 10-22. Had he simply taken fewer shots, he would have hit amazing with a snap of the fingers. We were told he was special -we knew that, we watched him play (and torch our team) while he was attending O’Dea, so… Pretty excited to be in a position where we just get to be happy about what he’s doing, rather than internally burning.
As it comes to player of the weekend noms, a few guys deserve mention:
Suki Wiggs -Averaged 34 minutes, 25 points, and four rebounds. He’s already to the point where we glance at a sheet and we’re like “wait, he only had 20 points?” We’re not thrilled with how he’s getting there in terms of shot selection, but again: the return of Brian McGill should help immensely so we can’t be too picky right now.
Corey Hammell/Christian Leckband/Sjur Berg/Spencer Svejcar -All played two out of three good games. We’ll be keeping a close eye on what the four of them do, whether starting or coming off the bench. Very promising. Very intriguing. We still think Coach Oz is crazy (because he is) but it’s already looking like he’s right in that he’s got something special brewing up there.
Ricardo Maxwell -Averaged 35 minutes, 18 points, and was positively balling on his free throw shooting. Beyond thrilled with this kid. He was a near-miss on the All Conference teams last year, so good to see him immediately come in and make strides.
Jeff Parker/Colby Mitchell -Both played super well in two out of three games. Looking forward to seeing more progress out of them. Pleasantly surprised by Colby. Guess we felt like on last year’s team it went Anye-Ricardo-Mac-Jeff-Harris-Kyle/Joey, which was in fact pretty much their line-up, and now Jeff doing really good things is exactly as projected.
Kyle Impero -Averaged 36 minutes and not gonna mince words: He had an incredibly outstanding weekend. If he could be at 80% of this level for the rest of the games this year, he’d be player of the year in a landslide. He’s just doing so much. His decision making is fantastic in regard to shooting, he makes his free throws, he rebounds, he assists, he fouls, and he still walks away with plenty of points. Absolutely phenomenal.
Player of the weekend is Kyle Impero, hands down. His production ratings were insane, he was involving and backing up his teammates, fantastic shot selection, great free throws, absolutely awesome. Guess our main concern with Kyle going forward is his stamina -at 6’4/165, dude is tiny so whether or not he can maintain playing so many minutes is yet to be seen. Our advice is that he eat his chicken and peanutbutter -not necessarily together, but then again: Slow cookers are your friend.