The Georgia men’s basketball team held open practice Saturday morning at the Stegeman Coliseum. Fans and media alike were allowed to watch the entire practice. Here is what stands out:
We’re less than a month away from the start of the 2022-23 Georgia men’s basketball season, and the Bulldogs are working to make the most of the time left. Saturday’s open practice allowed viewers to get a better look at this year’s team than ever before.
Saturday’s practice started with the typical stretch that was followed by goalkeepers working on the left side of the field and attackers/centers on the others. After the warm-ups, the Bulldogs held the equivalent of two separate fights of five to five: one that was about 10 minutes in length, and a shorter one that was all 4:50 of game time.
Here is a summary of what caught my eye:
– I estimate there were just over 100 fans in the stands for Saturday’s game. Due to the fact that it was Saturday football, I thought it was a decent turnout with basketball still a few weeks after it kicked off.
– The good news for Georgia was that everyone was on hand for the brawl.
During the exercise we saw a couple of weeks ago, a little short-handed Bulldog with guards Terry Roberts (illness) and Justin Hill (The hamstrings) are not available, but they are both back to practice on Saturday. Hill spent part of the first brawl between five and five on a stationary bike but came to play the second brawl instead of jackson eter. straight ahead Jilin Ingramwho was working his way back from a torn ACL, warmed up with the rest of the team but did not participate during the melee portion of training.
– I did not understand that the two teams on Saturday were necessarily from the first string versus the second string. The red team consisted of 1) Terry Roberts 2) Joseon Holt 3) KyeRon Lindsay 4) Jabri Abdel Rahim and 5) Frank Anselm. The gray team was made up of 1) Mardries McBride 2) Karyo Oquendo 3) jackson eter 4) Matthew Alexander Moncrieff 5) Praline bridges.
Assistant coaches Akeem Maskdin And the Eric Pastrana She worked with the Red team, while Antonio Reynolds Dean worked with the Gray team. Coach Mike White Spend time going back and forth between the two teams during the timeout.
– Given the 10-minute brawl, the red team jumped to the lead 15-8 before the Gray team came back. Bridges was completely dominant on low as Gray cut the lead, and Oquendo found a loud tempo and 3-pointer that helped trim the red team’s lead to 18-15 with 2:18 to go.
Abdul Rahim drained a triple indicator before about a minute passed, putting pressure on Gray’s team to respond. Moncrieffe got 1 and 1 on the hard disk in the basket but failed to make his free throw to leave the red team with a 21-20 advantage with 35 seconds left; After an intentional foul, Terry Roberts dug a pair of free throws to give the Reds three points with 22 seconds left.
Gray’s team looked to tie things up and looked good afterwards Karyo Oquendo He made an excellent offensive rebound to keep possession alive, but another miss sealed the 23-20 win for Red.
– I wasn’t able to survive the whole 4:50 brawl, but there were a few things that stood out.
Gray jumped to the 7-2 lead just over two and a half minutes ago, but the red team came back strong. Holt forced a spin on a restricted ball and sent the ball to Moncrieffe for a break-fast basket to launch the Reds, and the successful Anselem and 1 got the Reds within three seconds with 39 seconds left. Holt continued to cause trouble for Gray’s team by forcing him to make another change shortly after Anselm’s big three points.
– During the entire brawl, the five players I thought stood out the most were Roberts, Bridges, Abdul Rahim, Holt and Okendo. Here’s a quick note about each of them:
Roberts: This was the first time I got to see Roberts with a Bulldog, and I loved what I saw. His ball-handling skills were great on Saturday, and I thought he did a good job distributing basketball as well as making his way to the basket.
bridges: Bridges was virtually unstoppable in the paint on Saturday and excelled in both scoring in paint as well as dropping rebounds at either end of the field. I came away very impressed with what Bridges brought to the table.
Abdul Rahim: Abdul Rahim showed good touch with his shot – especially from a 3-point range – and made several plays that made the red team roll.
Holt: Holt was particularly effective in defense on Saturday and forced a couple of turns that had his team in pursuit. He also showed good touch with his shot before the melee and once the movement started.
Oquendo: Oquendo started relatively slow but really stabilized as this first melee went on. His best moment was the dunk that followed shortly thereafter with his big triple pointer.
– Another noteworthy note: Georgia striker Dylan James is bound, and Georgia junior striker Mary Jordan was on hand for Saturday’s practice.