Idaho had no problem discarding Walla Walla University, an NAIA school, in an 90-49 exhibition win on Tuesday night at Memorial Gym. Our story is here, but more telling that any stats is who started for Idaho -- and who got minutes.
We run down those things after the jump.
A few takeways from Tuesday night:
- The Vandals went relatively small in their starting lineup, going with 6-foot-6 Bira Seck and Stephen Madison and 6-10 Paulin Mpawe along with guards Glen Dean and Connor Hill. This lineup of course could change before Saturday night's opener with Western Illinois, but at least gives a sense of who's at the top of the rotation.
- Despite the smaller starting five, Don Verlin gave quite a 17 and 13 minutes to Ty Egbert and Joe Kammerer -- two posts who are raw. Meanwhile, Robert Asencio -- another post in the running for playing time -- only logged six minutes. He also gave 26 minutes to freshman guard Sekou Wiggs, who scored eight points, and 17 minutes to Perrion Callandret, another freshman who was 0-for-6 from the field and finished with four points. "I liked the way -- even though they’re a ways away – I liked the way Joe Kammerer played, and Ty and Mpawe,” Verlin said. “Wiggs is athletic, he made some athletic plays early. I like their intensity and I liked what I saw from them tonight.”
- Glen Dean's influence on the team is already clear. He had a team-high five assists against just one turnover, and he was 5 of 6 from 13 points. "It’s going to be a work in progress, there’s no question about that but I thought Glen Dean played well, Connor Hill shot it pretty well,” Verlin said. “Glen played I thought a very, very good floor game. He played really solid.”