I know this is a little late, but hey, its Thanksgiving week and I have been busting my butt at work and at school trying to finish my last semester of school… until I enroll in grad school or law school next year.
Whoops, talk about an embarrassing mistake. If anyone missed it, I accidentally referred to UNC-Wilmington as the Seagulls instead of the Seahawks in my Monday game story. I regret the error and apologize to anyone who read it and was offended.
NOW BACK TO THE BASKETBALL THOUGHTS
Sunday’s game was my first real taste of this year’s Kent State team and, for the most part, I like what I saw. Kent State’s guards have to be one, if not the, best unit in the Mid-American Conference.
Jordan Mincy is tenacious on defense, Al Fisher is bulked up and already playing better than I saw him play all of last year (very few turnovers!) and Chris Singletary is an absolute monster who can score inside and out.
The problem is though that UNC-Wilmington is such a weak team defensively (a lot of injuries for them in the post folks); I really couldn’t gauge much else. The SEAHAWKS only post threat, Dominique Lacy, entered the game averaging 20 points a game, but foul trouble sat him down for more than half of this one. He never got into a rhythm and was never able to score any points, he finished with four, I think.
Julian Sullinger had his way down low, playing one of the better games of his career. A UNC-Wilmington reporter told a few KSU media members after the game he knew Sullinger would have a big game when he first saw him in warm-ups.
The SEAHAWKS always have a problem with the undersized, muscular forwards, he said.
True to form they did.
For these reasons it is still hard for me to get too excited over what Sullinger and Brandon Parks have accomplished so far. Where these games will count the most is in the player’s confidence.
After the game coach Geno Ford said that Brandon Parks is gaining more and more confidence in his abilities and his role in the team. As this confidence continues to grow, Parks will be much more comfortable when the true challenges finally arrive for him in the post.
Against UNC-Wilmington Parks played a fairly strong game and even started popping out for a few jump shots that he would have never attempted before.
Hopefully that confidence doesn’t get ruined by the incredible stretch of games Kent State has coming up this weekend: Illinois on Friday, Texas A&M or Tulsa Saturday and Kansas Monday.
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