MOSCOW, Idaho – When half your team is playing the other half, clearly defining progress – especially with a youthful group, can be a challenge. But, Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin, was able to pull bits and pieces from the Vandals’ two-hour Thursday night session.
“Things I liked?” Verlin said. “Some of our freshmen guards didn’t play as good the first scrimmage. They played better tonight. They were a lot more active; did a lot of good things.”
Yet, not all was good. The absence of graduated Kyle Barone – one of the most prolific post players in school history, was felt on the boards.
“I’m concerned about our rebounding,” said Verlin, but, then again, “It’s always hard when you play yourself. Is it good offensive rebounding or bad defensive rebounding.”
While the coaches will have to review the video for those answers, Verlin does know a camaraderie is building.
“This group is going to have good chemistry,” he said.
Sophomore Paulin Mpawe was the scoring and rebounding leader for the evening with 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Glen Dean and freshman Sekou Wiggs added nine each, while Chad Sherwood backed Mpawe on the boards with four.