A few more thoughts about last night's 91-62 exhibition basketball win over North Alabama …
The Rebels' 3-point shooting wasn't every impressive, just 5-for-21. The good news is you know Dundrecous Nelson has done it before. He'll be there.
The confidence with which Maurice Aniefiok handled the ball and took shots makes you believe he'll get there too. In fact, he may get there so much that he has a problem with decision-making as freshmen can have, the way Nelson did last year.
Also, the Rebels were without Jelan Kendrick and LaDarius White last night and will be until mid-December.
Nelson still plays fast, but he didn't have make poor decisions last night. His athleticism was on display several times. The two plays that stand out were once in the first half when he got his hand in the passing lane, tipped the ball away, retrieved it and took it in for a dunk, then later in the second half when he was guarding at mid-court, leaped up and intercepted a long pass, then made his own long pass to Aaron Jones for an alley oop dunk.
I liked what Jones showed last night. Looks like he can be a good role player this year and can grow into a lot more than that before he's through.
Nelson had an exhibition worthy of Kennedy's opinion that he can be a near 20-a-game scorer.
Biker, I remember him being pretty quick last year too. He certainly didn't look slower last night.
I got tickled at Murphy Holloway in the postgame. He seemed genuinely pleased with his free throw shooting, but he was only 3-for-6. Still, 50 percent is an improvement from the sub-50 percentage he shot here two years ago.
You can tell Holloway is bigger. The effort and energy are still there. He looked good.
Reggie Buckner looked more aggressively offensively, but he was playing D2 competition. Terrance Henry had a good start too, but for the Rebels to get over the hump in the SEC, these guys need to bring it every night. If this is truly going to be the team that breaks the NCAA slump, they have to be consistent, and I think the presence of Holloway gives them a better chance to do that.
It's hard to tell a lot from an exhibition game. The first game that counts is next Friday against the alma mater, La.-Monroe, which was known as Northeast Louisiana in its more competitive days.