DAVIDSON The Davidson Wildcats unveiled the 2013-14 men’s basketball team with a lively intrasquad scrimmage Saturday evening at Belk Arena.
And if the first outing is any indication, the Wildcats’ last go-round in the Southern Conference before joining the Atlantic 10 next season is going to be a fast-paced one.
“I feel confident about the guys that we have, with our depth and versatility,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said in a question-and-answer session with the public after his team played a 20-minute scrimmage followed by several “situational” drills.
“This is a dress rehearsal,” McKillop said before the game. “We’re experimenting with guys playing different roles and we still have a lot of work to do.”
What the 20-minute scrimmage lacked in competitiveness – the Black squad trounced the White team 62-35 – it made up for in tempo.
Senior forward De’Mon Brooks, the Southern Conference’s preseason Player of the Year, led five players in double figures for the White team with 16 points. Freshman guard Jack Gibbs added 12 points on 4-of-4 3-pointers and sophomores Brian Sullivan and Jake Belford also scored 12. Guard Jordan Barham scored 10.
Freshman forward Andrew McAulifffe led the Black team with 10 points and senior guard Tom Droney added nine.
The White team’s effort featured an 8-for-17 performance behind the three-point arc, a capability that McKillop says he will try to take advantage of this season.
“We will have some ability to shoot the three-pointer,” McKillop said. “Brian and Jack are outstanding in their ability to work off the high ball screen, and we’ll have some versatility in that area.”
Following the scrimmage, McKillop and his players answered questions from the crowd on topics ranging from favorite NBA players, their majors and why they chose them – and in the case of Scotland-born Ali Mackay, whether he owns a kilt (he does).
But the questions also dealt with basketball and a challenging schedule which includes games with Duke and North Carolina.
“It’s a challenging schedule,” McKillop said. “It’s a little risky from the standpoint of confidence. We need to prepare for the A-10 next year, but we also need to prepare for the Southern Conference tournament. We need to be at our best in March.”
Notes: The Wildcats play an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Belk Arena. ... The regular season opens against Duke in Durham on Nov. 8.
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