Just the diehards on hand this evening at Haas Pavilion, as most folks stayed home to watch the Giants.
The 150 or so who did attend the Bears’ open practice didn’t see anything particularly profound — it was an inter-squad scrimmage.
“The key word,” coach Mike Montgomery said, “is patience.”
With this team, you won’t know the players without a scoreboard. And the one they provided Wednesday was no help, either, because the players were wearing practice jerseys whose numbers are not the same as their game jerseys will bear.
Here’s the breakdown of who was on the floor:
— Five freshmen: Gary Franklin Jr., Allen Crabbe, Richard Solomon, Emerson Murray and Alex Rossi.
— Three transfers: Robert Thurman, Jeff Powers and Justin Cobbs, who must sit out this season after arriving from the U. of Minnesota.
— Four returnees who finished the season with the team last year: Jorge Gutierrez, Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Brandon Smith and walkon Nigel Carter.
— Two returnees who missed most or all of last season: Harper Kamp and Bak Bak.
A few impressions:
Sanders-Frison appears in appreciably better condition . . . Gutierrez looks stronger and Bak has improved his upper body . . . Kamp’s knee appears to be giving him no problems . . . Brandon Smith is trimmer, quicker . . . Franklin and Rossi each hit a couple 3-pointers, and looked comfortable doing so . . . Bak hit one from deep . . .
Solomon is quick around the basket, but will be better when he’s stronger . . . Kamp got the best of him once by snuffing Solomon’s dunk attempt . . . Cobbs is aggressive with the ball in his hands . . . Carter, the walkon guard, hit a couple shots and didn’t back down . . . No one got hurt.