Posted On: 11/23/18 5:00 PM
Arlington, VA — Bishop O’Connell hosted Bullis on Wednesday morning for a preseason scrimmage, and Prep Hoops was in the gym for a competitive matchup. It’s time to recap this contest with five takeaways.
O’CONNELL LOOKS LIKE A LEGIT TITLE CONTENDER
It’s obviously still very early, but O’Connell showed explosive ability on the offensive end, scoring 30 plus in two consecutive quarters. Everyone on the floor can dribble, pass, and shoot, which makes them potentially difficult to matchup with. Big men Jake Berry and Charlie Weber are both very skilled, but also play tough defense.
RICE SHINES FOR BULLIS
Bullis freshman guard Rodney Rice shot exceptionally well from the field in this contest. Rice showed deep range and the ability to pull up on a dime and hit shots from mid range. The next step for him will be to utilize his size more often so he can get easier looks at the rim.
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HANIN SHOWS LEADERSHIP INTANGIBLES
During this scrimmage, Cole Hanin made shots from the perimeter, but also did a lot of things that won’t show up on a stat sheet. Hanin recognized that Rice had the hot hand, so he verbally urged his teammates to find their shooter. Defensively, Hanin was very active and hustled for every loose ball.
FREEMAN CONTINUES HOT STREAK
Brayon Freeman scored 31 points in this contest. The talented sophomore has been on a tear of late, and his jump shot continues to improve. Freeman is playing with a ton of confidence on the offensive end, but is also giving tremendous effort defensively.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Jahmal Banks and TJ Gadsden both sat out this scrimmage for O’Connell, and should be back soon. Both are versatile and will factor into the rotation moving forward, and it will be interesting to see what these two can add to what looks like should be a very good team.