“Aztecs Basketball-Sneak Preview”
Brian Dutcher unveils his 2018-19 basketball team on Thursday night against Hawaii-Chaminade. He has lots of new moving parts and tons of raw talent. Some of his comments heading into first exhibition game..
Excited to get guys on floor for an exhibition game.
Great to see guys go against someone else.
Want to see young guys infront of a crowd, bright lights.
Maui Classic has Chaminade in tourney every other year
Chaminade plays SDSU-Arizona in exhibition games-good for them
Maui wants Division 1-teams-powers in their tourney-Elite 8 field for sure
Young kids-nerve wracking as freshman-considering age-we throw lots at them.
Freshman recruits know they have to defend to get on the floor
Challenge teach Division 1-defense…they are long and athletic
They might have been biggest guy on their team-now guarding big guys-athletes
Move feet-get physical-and learn defensive systems.lots of adjustments
Won closed scrimmage at USC-wanted to play young guys-see how respond
We ran some complex defenses for kids-see how cope with it.
Have not had Nathan Mensah for 4-weeks-finger injury
Ed Chang is very good 3-point shooter-needs to work on defense
Chang-versatile-will contribute a lot
Adam Seiko-starting to hit 3’s…
Jordan Schakel feels more comfortable now with offense-can shoot 3’s
Matt Mitchell back for 2nd year with lots game experience.
Jeremy Hemsley-told him-be patient with young guys as leader
Learned a lot from Trey Kell-how to help freshman
Not given kids a lot of overload-wants to calm them down
Devin Watson-be a great leader-take care of ball-he will score
Veterans know not to yell at freshman
Washington State transfer-Malachi Flynn is tremendous practice player
Malachi is elite scorer-goes against Hemsley daily-helps him
We will have 4th year junior guard to run team next two years.
Tough for him to sit this year
3-chances to learn to play together under game situations before we play Duke in Hawaii.