Former Hoyas Lead DC Over Philly

I only managed to catch the second half of the DC-Philly THE-BALL Showcase at George Washington’s Charles E. Smith Center, but I only needed a couple possessions to see what I missed out on. In the most bizarre set of rules ever, high school three-pointers were worth three points, NBA three-pointers worth four, and free throws were worth two – but the player only got one shot at the line.

The matchup between basketball powerhouse cities, hosted by The-Ball Legends League, featured four former Hoyas for the DC squad in Henry Sims, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. Philly’s team was led by Dionte Christmas from Temple. DC won this one in a blowout on the backs of Georgetown. I have had a chance to see Freeman and Wright in the Kenner League, but this was my first time watching Clark and Sims since the season ended. Here’s a breakdown of the former Hoyas’ performances:

Chris Wright Wright was in vintage form yesterday, scoring only seven points but showing off solid quickness and ball-handling abilities. His ability to get to the rim is certain, but he also drove into a crowded lane too many times, leading to multiple turnovers. He seems to be enjoying some solid success in Turkey, but I don’t think that would translate to the professional league in the U.S.

Austin Freeman Freeman led all scorers with 18 points, to absolutely nobody’s surprise. His shooting has gotten even better, as has his ball handling – which is good, because Freeman’s only chance of making an NBA roster is as a point guard. But Freeman was also a defensive liability every time he stepped onto the floor. He couldn’t guard quicker players and lacks the lateral quickness to stay in front of his opponent. He has considerable strength, but his limited mobility will keep him out of the NBA for the foreseeable future.

Henry Sims Hank looked pretty good yesterday, displaying a few nice post moves and great court vision. He got into foul trouble in the first half and fouled out at the beginning of the fourth quarter, so I didn’t get a chance to watch him much. According to experts the guy sitting next to me, Sims had a stellar first half and was the victim of a few questionable calls.

Jason Clark Clark was the highlight for the Hoyas, and he was likely the best player on either team yesterday. He showed an increased ability to get to the hoop and finished nearly every time. His calling card offensively is his shooting, and he knocked down a couple threes to that end. He also looked like a better ball handler. Defensively, he’s quick enough to stay in front of his man and long enough to block shots at the rim. Because he’s undersized, he has uphill battle making the NBA, but he should have an easy time over in Belgium, where he just signed a contract.

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