On December 15, the G League Ignite team for elite prospects took on a G League alumni team in their first official scrimmage. The contest took place at the Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek, California.
Jonathan Kuminga led the scoring with 26 points, while Jalen Green had 22 points. Alongside his flurry of points, Kuminga recorded 8 rebounds and shot 11-15 from the field (2-5 3P). Green had 7 rebounds and converted 8-15 of his shots.
In a post-scrimmage media availability with reporters, Green spoke about his performance. “My performance overall, I feel I could have done better. I feel that you can always do better in a game.”
“We just got to trust each other. There’s a lot more stuff we could have done better. We just got to take what we learn from this game and carry it over to Thursday,” Green said, as he sets his sights on a second scrimmage on Thursday December 17.
“I was really happy with the effort that I saw today. I was very pleased with what I saw in terms of how we matched the physicality, the intensity,” Head Coach Brian Shaw said to reporters.
“From a group of young guys who are playing against some physically more mature grown men, they held their own, and some,” Shaw continued to say, praising his young Ignite team who competed in a tight contest.
“Jalen and Jonathan get the majority of the touches on the team with their talent. Kai Sotto made some great plays on the defensive end. Isaiah Todd came with a lot of energy. Daishen Nix, he stood out. He scored for us and assisted, made some really nice passes, read the team really well.”
18-year-old Nix recorded 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists in the contest. With Todd picking up 8 points and 6 rebounds. Filipino star Kai Sotto had 5 points and 5 rebounds, along with 2 blocks.
Brandon Ashley led the Ignite veterans with 13 points, on 6-11 shooting. Alongside 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Bobby Brown and Cody Demps each had 8 points, with Reggie Hearn recording 5 points. Amir Johnson picked up 3 points and 6 rebounds.
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