Two of the three Wake squads were in action tonight at the Triad Pro-Am.. Salem Smiles, which features Chase Fischer, Aaron Rountree, Codi Miller-McIntyre, and Daniel Green, won in a 40-point rout over Triad Commercial Properties (Guilford College). Unfortunately, Modern Nissan, which features Travis McKie, Andre Washington, Madison Jones, and tonight Codi Miller-McIntyre, suffered a 3-point loss to Mountain Fried Chicken.
After the jump there will be a recap of each game...
#3 Modern Automotive-70
#6 Mountain Fried Chicken-73
Modern Nissan simply did not put enough emphasis on defense in this one until it was too late. That mounted a great second half comeback, only to fall short by 3 points. They had several opportunities to tie the game, but the 18-point second half lead of Mountain Friend Chicken proved to be too much to overcome. Modern Nissan just allowed too many uncontested 3's and that's what cost them the game. To be fair, though, they were only playing with 5 men.
Travis McKie lead the way with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Madison Jones had his most impressive game of the summer, as he contributed 17 points and 4 steals. Andre Washington had a great line of 10 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. Washington more than held his own against Justin Mann of Kent State.
Travis McKie: This summer Travis has displayed a vastly improved offensive game. He is doing an outstanding job of dribbling in the open court, knocking down jumpers, making good passes, and driving the lane. McKie has also done a fantastic job converting at the charity stripe, which should allow the Deacs to be more efficient in terms of points per possession come this season. Travis McKie has already given Wake Forest 2 spectacular seasons, and Deacon fans will love what they see come November. Look for McKie to take an additional step and compete for 1st-team All-ACC.
Andre Washington: Andre Washington has really impressed me this summer. I saw him once in February, and really wasn't terribly impressed. That must have been just a bad game, because he has been very solid in summer league play. He has been able to more than hold his own against former Deac David Weaver, as well as former Kent State Center Justin Mann. He is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, as well as communicator on the defensive end, particularly in pick&roll situations. Washington must work on being able to finish around the bucket on putbacks and initial shot attempts, but his rebounding ability should allow the Deacs to have greater points per possession on the offensive end, and limit 2nd chance opportunities for the opposition.
Madison Jones: Madison seems to get better each game, and has really impressed me with his rebounding and ability to strip the ball from defenders. Tonight, Jones showed some impressive elevation and really attacked the rim. Sometimes he can be a bit reckless and turnover prone, but he has calmed down and played at a better tempo as the pro-am has progressed. He will be a valuable backup point guard for us next year, who should be able to use his quick hands to force turnovers, and help us get more transition opportunities.