Surprisingly enough, we're at about the halfway point of the mouthful-worthy Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League after three more games concluded last night out at the Greentree Sportsplex.
Ten players from Robert Morris took part in the action last night and here's how each of them performed:
*** Jeremiah Worthem continued to show why he may play an integral role down low for the Colonials next season as he scored 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He's shown a propensity to play an inside-out game, but he did not attempt a three last night. However, he would routinely drive and make aggressive plays toward the basket, a pretty valuable and uncommon skill set for a player his size.
After his team's victory, I caught up with Worthem to discuss what he can bring to RMU next season, how his adjustment to college is going and what he sees his role on the team being in 2013-14:
*** Playing alongside Worthem on SPK, Ant Myers-Pate added eight points. His shot looked off at times, but he appears to be getting some confidence in his handle and seemed to always be on the lookout to make plays. Not much, if anything, is at stake in these games, but it's still important for him to display some confidence in his new, increased role.
*** Mike McFadden had an easy-to-remember statline of six points and six rebounds for UPMC. He wasn't a particularly active presence down low, but he did have to play against the likes of former Pitt standout Chevy Troutman, who was easily the most dominant player on the court for either team.
*** Lucky Jones struggled, scoring six points on 2 of 9 shooting to go along with four rebounds. His performances thus far in the league shouldn't worry people too much, but for someone who's potentially entering the season as the Colonials' best player, he may want to start showing a little more.
*** Having already secured a title as an athletic specimen, Desjuan Newton impressed again with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting. There are some aspects of his game that are still a little rough, but he is clearly able to make a difference on the offensive end and for someone his size, he's a surprisingly good rebounder. And as someone who can barely dunk at 6-foot-2, it's pretty absurd to watch someone my own height thrown down alley-oops with ease.
*** Incoming freshman Britton Lee had a rough night, shooting 4 of 13 for 11 points.
*** Lijah Thompson also struggled from the floor, missing seven of his 11 shots for 10 points, but he also did haul in six rebounds.
*** After arriving at the game late (Hooray night classes!), Karvel Anderson had five points and seven rebounds, the latter of which is a good sign that his wrist has healed alright and that he's not afraid to show some aggressiveness down low.
*** Continuing with the theme of struggling shooters, Kavon Stewart missed on seven of his nine shots for eight points.
*** David Appolon, who had a breakout performance in the first night of the league's games, had six points after playing limited minutes in the second half.