Basketball scrimmage notes

It’s 7:30 and I’m still in the football press box, finishing up with Chris on our coverage of IU’s blowout of Michigan State. But we’ve got some Kelvin Sampson quotes after today’s basketball scrimmage that Lynn Houser covered for us. Lynn will have a complete report in the paper and on HTO.

“Typical first scrimmage,” Sampson said after watching his first group try to assimilate the many new things he has thrown at them in the first two weeks of practice. As far as Sampson is concerned, everybody is a freshman.

“We don’t have seniors, juniors or sophomores who have ever done it so that they can show the new guys,” he said. “Everybody is new. We have a long way to go.”

“The thing about scrimmages this early in the season is that they know the offense; they just don’t know how to make it work for them,” Sampson said.

“You learn more after your scrimmage. Now we’ve got stuff on film. We can break it down, show it to them, go out and be a little bit better,” he said. “Scrimmage is much better than practice. Now I can physically show them something on tape and then go correct it. This is all about correcting.”

“Right now there is no one thing we are good at,” he said. “You try to be good at one or two things this time of year. There are some things you are not going to be good at early, but over the course of November and December you get better.”

Rod Wilmont led all scorers with 19 points, including a thunderous dunk off an alley-oop pass from Calloway, who had six assists. D.J. White was next in scoring with 16.

Stemler, a junior college product, showed his offensive potential with 10 points. A.J. Ratliff was high scorer for the Cream with seven, all in the final period. Scoring six points each were Joey Shaw, Armon Bassett and Mike White.


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