This past Friday the Red Foxes took to the court for their annual Red/White Scrimmage. For a team that, not too long ago, was criticized for its lack of depth and athleticism, they looked like a unit who could count those areas as strengths.
While it can be assumed that everyone remained aware that this event was taking place in Poughkeepsie, New York, the amount of alley-ooping and dunking that took place might have had some people thinking they were in “Lob City,” watching the Clippers scrimmage. Most impressive in this area were sophomore point guard Isaiah Morton, who appears to have improved his court vision and accuracy, and sophomore forward Manny Thomas, who flashed a strong inside presence and profound athleticism.
Below is a list of players who impressed during the Red/White game.
As we stated above, Morton definitely seems to have improved his court vision. He showed a great deal of potential last season in his freshman campaign. However, with the graduation of RJ Hall, Morton is being called upon to take up a greater responsibility in the offense–during the scrimmage, he showed that he could potentially make this an easy transition. He was able to run the offense with ease, didn’t commit many turnovers, and was able to find open players down low for easy buckets. If Morton plays as well this season as he did during the Red/White game, he will be a headache for teams this season in the MAAC.
Manny was another freshman that contributed significantly last season–probably more so than anybody expected, making an appearance in all 32 games, including one in which he scored 17 points at Rider in January. For the Foxes to improve their depth at the forward positions, Thomas’ development was crucial, and he appears to have taken the necessary strides to become a more consistent contributor for the Foxes. He was the Red/White game’s leading scorer with 18 points, and he added 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Continuing to contribute in all areas of the game will lead to him becoming a player that Coach Martin will find ways to get significant minutes.
It’s hard not to continue to be impressed by Lewis. He was a leading scorer for the Red Foxes last season as a freshman, and if the Red/White scrimmage showed us anything about Chavaughn, it was that he still knew how to find his way to the basket. Lewis put up 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal, with a handful of those points coming from rim-shaking dunks. His athleticism has made him a matchup problem for many teams in the MAAC, which is one of the reasons he was a freshman All-MAAC selection last season. There aren’t many players who can take it end-to-end with the ease that Lewis does, and his development can make him an even deadlier weapon this season than he was in his last campaign.
Curry appeared in 26 games last season, but watched the lion’s share of the playing time go to Isaiah Morton and RJ Hall. This season, with the graduation of Hall, he will see a significant bump in his minutes per-game. While he put up a career high of 11 points in a game last season, watching him put up 10 in the scrimmage wasn’t a complete surprise. However, the 4 rebounds he grabbed were worthy of note. He showed a willingness to go down low and fight for possession. This dimension can make him a valuable piece for coach Martin to use in different situations this year.
Here are the unofficial statistics from the scrimmage:
Price: 14 pts, 5 Assists, 1 Steal
Carter: 8 pts, 2 rebs
Morton: 8 pts, 3 rebs, 8 assists, 3 steals
Delle Bovi: 5 pts
Martin: 6 pts
Alexis: 10 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal
Bowie: 10 pts, 2 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal
Whitfield: 2 pts
Ramsey: 6 pts
Thomas: 18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals
Curry: 10 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists
Prinsloo: 6 pts, 2 rebs
Lawrence: 6 pts, 3 rebs, 1 assist
Lewis 15 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal
Truog: 7 points 5 rebs
Kemp: 13 points, 3 rebs
We will be attending the men’s basketball team’s media day tomorrow, and will have an update shortly following that. Be sure to check back soon.