Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America, and was awarded 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Walsh, Council show well in combine scrimmage matchup
Participants walk on the court during the 2023 NBA basketball Draft Combine in Chicago, Monday, May 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Arkansas’ Jordan Walsh and Ricky Council showed well in a head-to-head scrimmage matchup Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
After quiet offensive games Wednesday in which they shot a combined 2 of 10 from the field, Walsh scored 15 points on 4 of 11 from the field and 6 of 7 at the free throw line, and Council had 9 points on 3-of-6 shooting and was 3 of 4 from the line.
Walsh was solid on the glass and in finding teammates for buckets for the second straight day. He finished with a team-high 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block over 21:13 in the lineup.
Council, who recorded one assist in 19 minutes, started the day strong, driving left for an and-1 on Team Hines’ first possession. In the second quarter, he added a layup in an isolation situation after an up-and-under move at the rim.
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Walsh in the second quarter assisted on back-to-back scores for Team Bradds.
He found Penn State shooting guard Seth Lundy for a right-wing three, then later dove on the floor, corralled a loose ball and hit an on-the-move teammate, who quickly scored on the other end.
To end the first half, Walsh attacked off the dribble and finished a layup through contact then made the ensuing free throw. The sequence gave Team Bradds a 51-48 lead at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Council was the recipient of a pass near the rim following a teammate’s steal, and the wing finished a layup through contact and made the free throw. It gave Team Hines a 57-56 edge.
Later, with 4:57 left in the third quarter, Walsh caught a pass that was tipped by Council, drove into the lane and added an and-1, scooping in the layup with his left hand. Two minutes later, Walsh knocked down a left-wing three.
And he capped his third quarter with a defensive rebound and advance pass that led to a layup for Jazian Gortman of Overtime Elite. The final quarter was uneventful for the duo aside from a big one-handed dunk by Council following a baseline drive that was wiped away because he stepped out of bounds.
Council and Team Hines won the scrimmage 117-106.
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