Rick Pitino loaded the White Squad for victory, with veterans Earl Clark, Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith and Will Scott. The only vets on the Red Team were Preston Knowles and Andre McGee.
Final score: Red 97, White 80.
The reasons: The leadership of Andre McGee, the domination of Samardo Samuels and the shooting of Jared Swopshire.
The freshmen stat lines: Samuels had 36 points on 13 of 22 shooting, and grabbed 16 rebounds. Just as prominsing, he made 10 of 12 free throws. Swopshire made all three of his three-point tries and finished with 21 points.
McGee had 9 points and six assists for the Red.
“Samardo is fool’s gold right now, because Terrence (Jennings) isn’t 100 percent yet,” Pitino said. “It’s just dunk after dunk after dunk.”
Still, you can see what the excitement is about. Pitino has not had a freshman at U of L who was as ready to play right away as Samuels. That’s not to say he doesn’t have a ways to go, but he’s more ready than any, physically and mentally. He’s more polished than any of them.
Swopshire was a surpise to me. He’s not very far along defensively, but showed the best long-range shooting stroke on the court and dished out five assists. Preston Knowles had eight assists for the Red. And Reggie Delk battled through a twisted ankle and did a little of everything, 11 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of assists.
Earl Clark played all but one minute and had 30 points. Jerry Smith had an off night — 0 for 10 from three-point range. But he played all 40 minutes.
It’s hard to tell anything from a game like this. But it’s easy to tell that when you put all of these guys on the same side, and add Terrence Williams, it has the makings of something special.