Some quick notes from the first night of Summer League in Greentree:
PG Derrick Colter is going to be fun to watch. He scored 29 points in his Pittsburgh debut Monday night. *Turns out that was a high in scoring among all six teams.
He was not shy about taking the ball to the hoop. Hit some nice 3’s, and had legit speed. In all, quite a debut for the freshman from Largo, Md.
“I know I can score but I’m here to work on my defense and get stronger,” said Colter, who had been a recruit for Jim Ferry at LIU Brooklyn.
On picking Ferry and the Dukes: “I trust him and believe in him.”
Stat line: 11-for-22, five 3-pointers, and 2-for-4 at the free throw line.
Unexpected play of the night: Martins Abele’s rebound and put back at the buzzer in OT of Game 2 to give his team the win.
Looks like Abele has been working hard in the gym, and while that didn't equate to him suddenly being quicker under the hoop his game did look somewhat improved.
Finished with 8 points, hitting 4-of-7.
The team’s new additions all arrived Sunday night and gathered with the current players to watch the NBA Finals. They spent Monday getting physicals and will begin regular workouts Tuesday.
But Monday night was everyone’s first real look at each other.
To varying degrees they all looked good.
“I think it was a good start,” said junior college transfer Marvin Binney. “It was really different from junior college – everyone is more athletic.”
Sean Johnson: “So far everyone seems to have really good confidence and wants to play real hard.”
Transfer Ovie Soko played jet-lagged, but that was pretty hard to detect.
He arrived in Pittsburgh at 10 p.m. from London on Sunday night and when his team finished up Monday it was about 4 a.m. London time.
“I definitely felt it,” said Soko.
Soko, who had been an alternate to join tryouts for Great Britain's Olympic team, was not invited to camp and instead joined Duquesne earlier than anticipated.
“I always wanted to give it a try, but will use it as motivation,” said Soko.
He will sit out next year, and have one year of eligibility left.
Notable absence: Jerry Jones was absent because of a summer class conflict.