The DePaul and Marquette men’s basketball programs finished out their European trips in glorious fashion, as both teams had it easy in their games on Wednesday. DePaul breezed by U.S. Cagnes Basket, 75-51, while Marquette routed Sam Basket Massagno, 132-75.
As they finished up their European excursions, both the Blue Demons and the Golden Eagles will come back home to the states with a lot of confidence. These trips provided the teams with invaluable experience heading into the 2015-16 season. The teams also got a chance to bond and build on team chemistry, which could be an immeasurable learning tool.
So, let’s once again dig deep into the video, box scores and recaps for some key takeaways.
DePaul easily disposes of U.S Cagnes Basket, 75-51
Billy Garrett Jr has best game of trip
While not necessarily terrible on the trip, Garrett was not exactly himself through the first three games. Thus, it was nice to see him shake off the doldrums and not leave France with a bad taste in his mouth. Garrett was smooth and played under control, en route to scoring a team-high 16 points (6-11 from the field) to go with two rebounds, two steals and one assist. He looked at ease in the game, while making sure everyone got involved.
Eli Cain once again shows off unique skill set
There is a lot to like about this underrated freshman from the legendary St. Benedict’s Preparatory program in New Jersey. Cain looks like a jack of all trades, as he can do a little bit of everything well: score the ball, rebound, dish the rock, play defense, etc. He had another solid stat line in Wednesday’s game with 13 points (5-8 from the field), three rebounds and two assists. Cain started every game in France. It should be interesting to see if that will continue when the Blue Demons begin their season in November.
Darrick Wood a major player off the bench
Wood continued his productive play Wednesday with 12 points (4-6 from the field) off the bench. Wood just looks like a more confident player under new coach Dave Leitao than he did under ex-head coach Oliver Purnell. He is playing with more energy and confidence. Come the regular season, Wood figures to be a major player in Leitao’s rotation.
— DePaul Basketball (@DePaulHoops) August 19, 2015
Marquette Pummels Sam Basket Massagno, 132-75, in Lugano, Switzerland
Sandy Cohen III has breakout game
In reviewing these European exhibitions, I have neglected to talk about Cohen yet and that’s a shame. There is a good chance that Cohen becomes a major factor in Steve Wojciechowski’s rotation this season. Cohen gave Wojciechowski a prime reason to show trust in him when registered nine points, seven assists and six rebounds in Wednesday’s European finale. With the Golden Eagles sporting more star power this year, Marquette will need more role players, and Cohen will provide just that.
Traci Carter concludes fine European exhibition in style
Henry Ellenson is not the only talented freshman on Marquette, as Carter established himself on the Europe trip as a player you better recognize, too. Carter came ever so close to notching a triple, as he scored 17 points, dished out 11 assists and hauled down seven rebounds, while also notching four steals. There should be little problem with Carter acquainting himself to big time college basketball come November.
Luke Fischer and Duane Wilson anchors of rotation yet again
Once again, both Fischer and Wilson showed up ready to compete, as they ended the European tour just as good as they started it. Fischer finished with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. He ended his trip averaging 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Wilson had a team-high 21 points against Sam Basket Massagno. Along with Ellenson, Fischer and Wilson have been constants, and they’ll be the core for which Wojciechowski leans on for production in the 2015-16 season.
It should also be mentioned that the Golden Eagles got some good news on Wednesday when it was learned four-star freshman guard Haanif Cheatham was cleared to play for Marquette next season.
— MarquetteMBB (@MarquetteMBB) August 19, 2015