Tough to tell much from an exhibition.
Surprised the starters played so many minutes. I guess Larry thought they needed the minutes to learn how to play together.
Rebounding should be a strength. The Utes are big and deep up front. All the freshmen are going to get bounced around a bit while they gain strength, but they seem willing to go inside and bang.
FT shooting may be an issue. Allen and Jantunen were 17/18. The rest of the team was 4/11, and missed the front end of a couple of one and ones.
Outside shooting will have to improve. 7/23 from deep is not good. Only Brenchley hit more than 1. Could go either way.
Ball handling is iffy. 13 turnovers vs a D3 team is bad. There appear to be a few competent ball handlers on the team, but I didn’t see anyone who reminded me of “The Professor” from the AND 1 mixtape days. I think the Utes will struggle to score, and be turnover prone, against guards who play good D.
Thioune is going to be really good in a year or two. I wonder if Hakeem Olaijuwon is available for an assistant coaching gig? Jantunen may also be really good once he gets stronger.
Carlson was a pleasant surprise. Gach and Battin look improved. Allen, Jones, Brenchley and Van Komen were “as expected”. Didn’t see much of Plummer or Wenzel, although I thought Wenzel played well in his limited minutes.
We’ll have a better read on the team after the Nevada game.
My 2 cents.