Wake Summer League Recap 7/23

Tucker-1.jpg Konner Tucker image by TrueBlueKentucky

A few more Wake Forest players of the past showed up today, but the big story was the play of the new Demon Deacons on the scene.  One of them came through in the clutch big time.  Click through for the recap..

Winning in exciting fashion

After getting out to a 20-5 lead, Ish Smith and Ari Stewart's team struggled and eventually found themselves down by about 6 with under a minute left against the defending champs.  Smith started out hot, hitting two deep threes, but struggled to find the range again until the final minutes of play.  Stewart also got out to a fast start, but was again sidelined with early with foul trouble.  Things seemed to be over when the Glasglow players had two huge dunks and the MFC team looked exhausted.  However, in the final minute Glasgow missed a few free throws and allowed MFC to creep back into the game.  The rally started when Ish drained a three from the top of the key and Stewart followed suit the next time down with one of his own.  After the opposition went one for two at the stripe, MFC was down two with under ten seconds left to play.  Ish Smith worked to get open, received the ball and drove right over a screen while managing to jump in the air and find a wide open Ari Stewart on the left wing.  Stewart confidently went straight up and nailed a three to win the game.  Stewart was mobbed by Smith as they celebrated and ran back towards the locker room.

Another impressive showing for Tucker

It seems like every time we watch Konner Tucker play he shows us a new aspect of his repertoire.  We only caught the second half of his game, but it was definitely a good one.  He drained around four threes in the half but also had four of five soft floaters in the lane over taller defenders.  This teardrop will be a much needed tool if he wants to score inside the three point arc in the ACC.  Once again he played well with David Weaver and was able to create another highlight off a pick-and-roll alley oop to the big senior.  Tucker was really feeling it tonight and demanded the ball like we hadn't seen thus far.  I think he should be able to help us this season with his savvy and all-around skill-set.

Other notes

L.D. Williams and Ty Walker's team blew out Al-Farouq Aminu's team.  Farouq didn't put a whole lot of effort into this matchup and the entire game was pretty lackadaisical.  As always, L.D. and Ty are good for a few nice dunks per game.

It was nice to see James Johnson back in Winston after competing in the Chicago Bulls summer league.  A game I unfortunately missed featured Johnson, Chris Paul, Cameron Stanley, Justin Gray, Tony Woods and Gary Clark.  We heard that Tony had a few really nice throw-downs and a big block on CP3.

Chas McFarland sat out tonight's game, but C.J. Harris and company managed to defeat the previously unbeaten team from Guilford College.  I didn't see the second half, but in the first half Harris broke a few ankles on drives to the hoop.  He didn't take an outside shot in the half, but continuously worked to beat his man off the dribble.

 

 

The regular season wraps up on Monday and the playoffs will be held from Wednesday to Friday.  As always, check back after gameday for the BSD recap!

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