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UCSB @ SMU 12/8
Even without Emmanuel Mudiay, SMU is a hot pick as a team to break out this season. With a highly respected coach in Larry Brown and a roster full of the guys who almost won the NIT last season, the Mustangs do appear primed for a big season.
While dates at Gonzaga, Michigan, and Indiana will be the main non-conference stressors for SMU and its fans, Alan Williams and his Gauchos lurk in the shadows, ready to strike.
Williams is a legitimate star, and gets ignored far too often because he plies his trade in the basketball Siberia of the Big West (ironically, UCSB is basically paradise for an 18-23 year old in all other respects. Fair trade-off).
The big man averaged 21.3 and 11.5 on 53% shooting last year, and should push those numbers even higher last year. If UCSB is able to dominate the Big West as many think they should, Williams will be a potential All-American. He’s that good.
The ‘Chos will also bring back sharp shooter Michael Bryson (11.5 PPG and 4.3 RPG, shot 42% from beyond the arc) and point guard and leading assist-man Zalmico Harmon (8 PPG and 5 APG). They are an experienced bunch, and with a workhorse like Alan Williams, they won’t be afraid of any Mustangs.
I actually just got the job at Ami's high school right as he graduated. With that being said, I am a trainer in the area and I happened to work with Ami over the past year so I can speak a little from that standpoint. Ami is first and foremost a class act off the court. A great kid with a heart as big as he is that will be an amazing addition in terms of character for the Gauchos. On the court, Ami is going to accept and embrace his role and do everything he can to help the team. A defensive minded player, Ami has a great defensive presence, great timing on blocked shots, and is going to do what it takes to help his team win. A total win for the UCSB program.
James Nunnally: It might not come as a surprise for many who saw him play when he was at Santa Barbara or in the D-League. Nunnally has always been a scoring forward who's really tough to defend. Today he led the Heat on an excellent comeback, though they lost in the end by 2 points. The former Gaucho had 22 points on 9 shots, and hit 4/5 from three point. His shot looked fluid and consistent and when it is one of those days where he alternates his outside shooting with the drives, it is really hard to stop him. He also added 5 rebounds and strong defense at the end to contain a brilliant Glen Rice Jr, who until that moment was making short work of the Heat defense. If he can finish the Summer League the way he played today he might find a place on an NBA roster next year.