By Dr. John Huang
I’m always a bit skeptical about intra-squad scrimmages. After all, you’re playing against your own teammates, in front of a friendly crowd, usually for the first time all season. For most of the 40-minute free-for-all, there’s not a whole lot of defensive intensity on the court either. In other words, be careful how you analyze.
Here’s something, however, that stood out to me tonight. For those that didn’t know, Tyrese Maxey proved he’s the real deal. The 6’3″ 198-pound freshman guard from Texas was a perpetual motion machine, running up and down the court with what seemed like an optional extra gear.
I’m not sure if it’s humanly possible to sustain that type of active motor over the course of an entire game, much less an entire season.
“We do a lot of conditioning here, so I feel like I’m in pretty good shape right now,” he said with his trademark grin. “Today I wasn’t tired at all. I was really proud of myself for not being tired honestly.”
Maxey’s stat line for the evening: 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a motor that just won’t quit.
“Always smiling, always energetic,” said Immanuel Quickley when asked to describe his teammate. “We work out together at 6 am, and he’s the exact same way. Always smiling, always energetic, dancing and stuff. That’s just pretty much Tyrese. He don’t ever stop.”
Quickley’s game has also improved tremendously from last year. In terms of confidence and strength, he seems like a completely different player. He led all scorers with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
It’ll be hard keeping both of these guys out of the lineup.