Seattle U Men's Basketball: Preparing For Early Season Test At Maryland

Preseason news and notes for Seattle University men's basketball as they embark upon their second season with a full Division I schedule.

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SBN Seattle Feature: Seattle U Men's Basketball Preview


If the opportunity to watch former University of Washington assistant coach Cameron Dollar build a Division I program at Seattle University is not enough reason to pay attention, then perhaps an influx of local talent will be.

In the exhibition game against Pacific Lutheran University yesterday, former Inglemoor High School star Mark McLaughlin and Franklin High School alum Fredrick Wilson led the team to a 121-91 victory.

Seattle U Basketball Preview: Defining Success In Year Two Of Their Transition To Division I - SB Nation Seattle
Not that there is a whole lot we can take from an exhibition against a Division III school, but there was one encouraging sign from yesterday afternoon's 121-91 exhibition win against Pacific Lutheran University: they were led by newcomers Mark McLaughlin who attended Inglemoor High School and Franklin High School alum Fredrick Wilson. They shot a combined 4-for-5 from the 3-point line - making two apiece - which bodes well for adding to the team's long-range efficiency. But there was certainly more to it than that.

McLaughlin showed off his scoring ability against PLU, scoring a team-high 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting and getting to the line five times. Although Wilson had a team-high six turnovers, he was also able to score efficiently with 14 point on 4-for-5 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line in addition to a team-high three steals.

The team has also brought in University of Pacific transfer and Franklin alum Sterling Carter as well as Bremerton High School alum Jarell Flora. Of course, Tacoma's Clarence Trent also transferred from Dollar's former home at the University of Washington but will have to redshirt this season per NCAA policy.

For more on the team and their transition to Division I, see our feature: Seattle U Basketball Preview: Defining Success In Year Two Of Their Transition To Division I


Seattle U Basketball: Former Inglemoor High Star Leads Redhawks To 121-91 Exhibition Win

One mark of a good coach is the ability to implement a system that both fits the personnel and the ability to instill a sense of faith in that system among the players even if a significant piece departs.

In the Seattle University Redhawks first game in the post-Charles Garcia era, coach Cameron Dollar has demonstrated exactly what people who watched closely already knew - it wasn't their big star that led to a history-making season, but collective buy-in to Dollar's system.

And it appears that the Redhawks have not only reloaded, but done so with local talent. In their first exhibition against Pacific Lutheran University this afternoon, it was former Inglemoor High School star Mark McLaughlin who led the Redhawks to a 121-91 exhibition win over Pacific Lutheran University.

Seattle U Men’s Basketball Opens 2010-11 Season with Exhibition Victory, 121-91 - Seattle University Redhawks Athletics
Mark McLaughlin (Seattle, Wash.) shot 9-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line to lead all players with 25 points, while Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) did most of his damage from the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 shots from the charity stripe in scoring 15 points. Fredrick Wilson (Seattle, Wash.) finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals, and Gavin Gilmore (Pasco, Wash.) contributed 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

McLaughlin originally committed to Washington State, then changed his mind and signed with Nevada, then went to Baylor University before leaving last year because of a newborn son in Seattle.

Obviously, we can't take too much from an exhibition game and McLaughlin certainly won't "replace" Garcia. But the game does show one thing that was always there underlying the hype last season: at their best, what makes this team exciting is their collective commitment to Dollar's up-tempo philosophy and the discipline to execute it.

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