WATERBURY – Had the chance to see Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah play in the Greater Hartford Pro- Am on a steamy Saturday afternoon at Crosby High.
A few thoughts, notes and quotes …
Both are slender, and raw offensively, but both are very active and athletic. Facey hit the floor for a loose ball, and dove to save another from going out of bounds. He scored eight points, though his team, Pauly Chute Slamm, lost 111-104 to All Faith. Slamm coach Steve Sobel, who has had DeAndre Daniels on his team, saw some similarities.
“He reminds me of Daniels in terms of the rawness and development,” Sobel said. “He’s got to keep working to raise his basketball IQ. He’s going to be a good offensive rebounder. He’s a good player for UConn’s system.”
Facey is going to work on rebounding, running the floor and going strong to the basket, which will be a challenge against some of the older, bulkier players in the GHPA.
“It was a good experience,” said Facey, 6-9, who grew up in Jamaica and played at Long Island Lutheran. “I’m playing against bigger, older guys, they’re more physical, more experienced. That’s going to be a major part it for me. I have to adapt to that and it will carry right into the season.”
Brimah had 11 points and eight rebounds for Team Kirks (AKA Kemba’s All-Stars), who beat Cambyland 92-86, but he had some real experienced backcourt mates to get the ball in to him – Kemba Walker and A.J. Price, who said Brimah reminded him of Hasheem Thabeet, also a shot-blocker.
“I see a lot of good potential in him,” Price said, “he has good hands, good feet and he listens, most importantly. He’s going to go right along with the other bigs who’ve come from UConn. Defensively, he can move his feet, block shots. He’s still got a ways to go offensively.”
Brimah, 6-10, showed a little base-line hook shot for a couple of baskets, and was set up for a dunk by Walker.
“I didn’t even know he was going to UConn,” Walker said. “He’s a freshman? He’s pretty good. He can run. He’s a little raw right now, of course, but he’ll be fine.”
I was asked on Twitter today about UConn’s other incoming freshman, guard Terrence Samuel. He, won’t be playing in the Pro Am. He has not started classes at Storrs yet, but I exchanged e-mail with him Saturday and he assured me “everything was still good” as far as his coming to UConn. He’ll start classes in the fall, he said. Just passing along.
Had a nice chat with Kemba, who scored 31 points, about the Charlotte Bobcats – soon to be named the Hornets again – and where they’re headed. He helped convince free agent Al Jefferson to sign with them earlier this month. That full story will be up on our main website later Saturday night.