Kenner Summer League: Freeman, Wright, and Thompson
The annual Kenner Summer League is an early opportunity to see Georgetown basketball. While we shared our thoughts about some of Georgetown’s lesser-known players on Monday, today we tackle the big names (except for Jason Clark, who didn’t play on Saturday or Sunday).
Wright, who is possibly the streakiest shooter on JTIII’s squad, put on a show last Saturday to the tune of 40 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. What surprised me—aside from the eye-popping stats—was how Wright used his size and strength to get to the rim when his jump shot wouldn’t fall. (And, I have to add, without pulling his goofy, oft-used “spin, then crash into the paint” move.) While Kenner League is historically a poor barometer for Big East performance, one thing was clear: Wright was easily the best player on the court.
Although he played on Sunday, Wright essentially took the day off. And I can’t blame him—he was matched up against a guard that shares my dimensions. Wright didn’t take the scrimmage too seriously, but you know what? As long as he stays healthy, I don’t mind.
What you’re about to read may shock you—Austin Freeman showed emotion last weekend. With five minutes left in Saturday’s scrimmage, Freeman got into it with an opponent on Markel Stark‘s behalf, only to be ejected by the referee. While you never want to see a fight, it was great to see Freeman step up as the leader he’ll need to be next season. Finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, he looked like his old, dominant self—thankfully, with those patented bursts of scoring that made him so deadly last season included.
Because the defensive intensity is dialed down, players often flood Kenner League scrimmage with unreal offensive numbers. As we all know, however, those numbers do not get equally distributed. Last week’s Victim of Inflation was forward Hollis Thompson. Playing with Hoya alum Jeff Green took away rebounding and scoring opportunities from all of the players on the Tombs, but none more than Thompson. Nevertheless, the six-foot, seven-inch forward finished with five points, four rebounds, and one assist. He appears stronger than last year, and when coupled with his length, don’t be surprised to see Thompson get some spot minutes as a power forward against smaller teams.