EMU 85, Marygrove 51: exhibition “season” recap
Leaders in each category are bolded. The usual caveats apply to this chart: small sample size, exhibitions are for trying things out, etc. I thought about taking the next step and breaking these down on a per-minute basis, but that just seems like overkill given that these are the exhibition stats we’re talking about.
A picture of the team starts to emerge. Outside scoring comes from Thompson, Green, Lampley, and Sims. Strickland and Harper look like slashers who will drive to the basket and maybe draw some fouls. Most of the inside scoring will come from Balkema. Janton can add some points but his main contributions will be spelling Balkema, defense, and rebounding. Last night he was absolutely a rebounding machine, grabbing 10 in the second half.
Based on what we’ve seen through two exhibitions, the likely starters are Harris, Balkema, Green, Lampley, and Thompson, with Sims, Harper, Strickland, and Janton providing significant minutes. Dailey might also get on the floor if outside shooting is needed, but he took so few shots in the exhibitions that it’s hard to say if he just got lucky a few times. Chandler seems unlikely to play except in extreme foul-trouble situations or garbage time, though I still think he has potential down the road.
Enough of numbers, let’s look at some pictures…
(Photos by Kenneth Bailey)