Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kentan Facey, Terrence Samuel Look Good in (and After) Jordan Brand Classic Game

Took in the Jordan Brand Classic regional game Saturday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to check out UConn commits Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey in action.

The two players were paired in the same five-man rotation, which played in five-minute intervals. Both players had some highlights, particularly Samuel, who took it to the hole strong a few times, once making a strong layup and another time dropping off a nice dish to NC State-bound Kyle Washington for a layup:

Samuel also scored an easy layup on an assist from an unlikely source: Facey, who hit him with a nice pass from the wing. Over the next few years in Storrs, it'll be Samuel, the 6-foot-3 point guard, hitting Facey, the 6-8 forward, for baskets the majority of the time.

Facey had some moments, too, knocking down a 16-foot elbow J at one point and finishing with a double-double: 10 points and 10 rebounds. He looked particularly aggressive on the boards, as evidenced here:

It's also worth noting that Amida Brimah flew in from Miami to be at the game as a fan and was slated to stay over Samuel's house Saturday night as the two future Huskies form a bond. Samuel said the two would probably go catch a movie or something, and that they text frequently.

Brimah's legal guardian, Nana Baafi, said in a text message that Brimah wanted to "support his future teammates and get to have a great time and bond with them."

Here’s some of Facey and Samuel had to say Saturday night:


(on how excited he is to get to Storrs, with Samuel, sometime in early July)

“I’ve been excited since the first time UConn sent me a letter.”

(on UConn no longer being in the Big East, playing league championship at Madison Square Garden)

“Basketball doesn’t change. You play at the Barclays, you play at Long Island Lutheran, whatever. Basketball is basketball. It doesn’t matter where you play at, to me, personally. That’s not going to really affect me in any way. I mean, it would be great to be a part of all that history. But, embrace change, you know?”


***I also asked Shane Rector if UConn had contacted him:

"They were saying, if some guards leave, if (Shabazz) Napier enters his name in the draft, then they would come in and offer me a scholarship," Rector said. "But I guess if he stays, there’d be too many guards there.”

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