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August 5, 2008 11:38 AM

Bryan-Amaning scores 11, but Great Britain loses

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW center Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 11 points today as Great Britain lost to Norway 88-75 in the U20 European Championships.

Here's the boxscore, showing MBA going 4-13 from the floor and 3-8 from the free throw line along with 10 rebounds, a surprising five steals and five turnovers in 28 minutes.

Great Britain will play again Wednesday against a team still to be determined.

Here are MBA's stats through four games, showing he is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and 13-29 on free throws.

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Posted by MT Husky

12:12 PM, Aug 05, 2008

Interesting stat comparison regarding MBA’s #’s over in the European championship.

Three other Division I players over there are Koprivica for WSU, Balby for Texas and Nick Calethas for Florida.

They are in the Division A, so I don’t know if ‘B’ (MBA’s division) is a ‘lesser’ division or just different. But I was curious how MBA’s stats compared to these three.

MBA – 13.8 pts per game, 7.8 Rebounds, 2.8 Assists, 3.8 Turnovers, 1.8 steals, 1.3 Blocked Shots

Koprivica – 1.3 pts., 1 RB, 2 assists, 1.3 TO’s, .5 steals and 0 blocked shots

Balby – 6.5 pts., 3.8 rbs, 5.0 asts, 3.5 to’s, 1 steal and .3 blocked shots

Calethas – 12.5 pts, 3.3 rb’s, 3.3 assists, 2 to’s, 1.5 steal and .3 blocked shots

Calethas is a McDonald’s All American.

All of them are high on the Turnovers which makes me suspect it is the adjustment to a different styled game. MBA’s shooting % and FT % are obvously a bummer, but outside that those are impressive #’s, especially compared to the other DI participants.

Posted by sg

12:41 PM, Aug 05, 2008

Not very impressive shooting numbers. If he posts those same numbers next year, you'd have to question why he's on the floor. Based on Jim McLaughlin's philosophy (at least how I understand it) of letting numbers dictate who is on the floor, I would have to say those shooting %'s put MBA on the bench. He plays a position that should be getting a lot of layups and dunks. 37.5% from the floor?

Posted by grant

1:12 PM, Aug 05, 2008

In international ball, a player faces way more zone than in college. MBA might not be getting many "easy" looks. Over all I am impressed with his numbers.

Posted by grant

1:26 PM, Aug 05, 2008

According to rivals ans scout, Romar has offered Aaron Dotson, a SG from Rainier Beach HS. My guess is Gaddy and Bradley are indicating Washington might not be in the picture. Let's hope Romar didn't wait to long on Dotson.

Posted by Todd Lichti

1:41 PM, Aug 05, 2008

MT, I have to agree with Pullman. It's tough to admit this since he's a Coug but you sir really need some sort of a life. Maybe you should try and go outside or talk to a woman. Watching a Great Britain under 20 game on the web to see how MBA is doing is pretty bad. It's pretty sad that you feel the need to be on this blog as often as you do. You sound like the Husky Football fan of yesterday who walked around like a pompus blow hard whos smugness makes you want to put your foot in his arse. I'm also sure Pullman meant to say "outside and woman". It's a quote in a movie from the late 90's and your corrections were horrible.

"MT, there are more productive and fulfilling activities such as exploring the outdoors and meeting women. You should try both of them."

who talks like this??

Posted by MT Husky

2:55 PM, Aug 05, 2008

You're right Todd, my response to Pullman probably did sound pompous and smug, certainly wasn't my intent. My mistake.

Posted by WOOF

3:26 PM, Aug 05, 2008

Cougars wasting their time on husky blogs? Whose heard of something so pathetic? Hey Todd, Pullman and Doug: ever heard of something called an education? DIDN'T THINK SO.

Posted by Jim Basnight

9:22 PM, Aug 05, 2008

Hey Bob,
I'm starting a new Blog, primarily for Husky basketball, but we'll also cover NW and Pac-10 basketball. It'll be at Huskydigest.com. The Rivals Husky site is now UDUBsports.com. It's going to be fun. Thanks for all of your hard work here over the years. We should be up and running soon.

Posted by Jason

9:31 AM, Aug 06, 2008

Bob,

"Long time reader first time commenter"

Great Blog..especially for us Dawgfans down here in Dallas.

Just wanted to pass along the link to Parrish on cbssportsline.com regarding Abdul Gaddy's recruitment by Memphis.

Looks like the tigers may have stubbed their toe a bit.

http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6271764/9666183

Speaking of Guards....is your gut feeling that Denton gets the nod at starting point this year or Romar try's to us him more as instant offense as the 6th man (ala the Microwave) and let VO run the offense? Maybe less pressure for Denton in that type of role.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

10:52 AM, Aug 06, 2008

MT Husky- Prior the EURO championships, countries have to qualify for what Division they will be placed. Division A being the best, B in the middle, and Divison C at the rear. Those other players you mentioned are playing against higher caliber teams and players. As some of you have mentioned, I would be somewhat alarmed with the stats that MBA currently has for his Division B Great Britain squad. The turnovers are obviously the first concerns, but the free throw shooting and shooting percentage does not bode well. Those who think MBA is a sure fire NBA pick might not want to hold their breath.

Posted by MT Husky

11:19 AM, Aug 06, 2008

Thank you Meatball, I obviously didn't know how that worked but wondered if it was something along those lines.

MBA went 5/8 from the field with 7 RB's, 3 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot in the win against Ireland earlier. So the shooting % was improved from the last few games.

I promised him I'd keep it a secret that he also went 0-3 at the line and had 3 TO's.

Posted by Dave " The Meatball" Armistead

11:40 AM, Aug 06, 2008

MT Husky- Good stuff. I do think he has potential, but I'm just not convinced on who can tap into it. Romar is definitely a guard orientated coach (as is Lute) and Great Britain isn't known for cultivating talent.

Posted by G Udub

8:14 AM, Aug 07, 2008

Posted by Randy

8:21 AM, Aug 07, 2008

Just saw the stats on MBA!!! Holy @%*%. What a game. Wish I had seen that. Ok, all you doubters, now you can see what his capability is. Yeah, it's only one game but that's where it starts. And 9-12 from the line. Much better.

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