Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Takes from West Valley play tonight

We don't know if the West Valley College gymnasium has an affectionate nickname similar to HP Pavilions's "Shark Tank" but, if not, we nominate "The Sauna" because we were having flashbacks of Las Vegas in late July while in that gym tonight. But we were simply standing and watching the action -- we can only imagine what it was like for the players.

What got us to Saratoga was that a number of the San Jose State basketballers were scrimmaging against other players.

C.J. Webster looks solid as usual in owning the block offensively, plus we were able to finally see Kyle Thomas, Chris Jones and Anthony Dixon in action.

The 6-foot-8 Thomas is a lefty who showed both dribble-drive and outside the key shooting ability. Jones looked very comfortable handling the ball at 6-foot-4 and his build makes him look like he was sculpted by Bernini or da Vinci. Dixon surprised us with some nice outside shooting along with slashes to the hoop at 6-foot-5. He also did his share of ballhandling and looked comfortable.

Although he didn't take to the court tonight, 6-foot-8 Moses Omolade made his presence felt with intermittent 'coaching' vocalizations from the sidelines. From our limited exposure (we lasted but an hour before wilting), he possesses a BIG personality, one that is going to be fun to experience in the 2009-2010 season.

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