Simeon wastes no time with latest rout

December, 17, 2010
12/17/10
2:08
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CHICAGO -- Television producers prefer drama. It’s what draws the audience in and keeps them watching.

In that respect, Simeon is bad for television.

The No. 1-ranked Wolverines jumped out to a double-digit lead in the opening minutes against Gary Lew Wallace and rolled to an 85-38 win Thursday at Chicago State on ESPN.

What was scary about Simeon’s performance was the Wolverines initially built their lead with one group of five, then subbed in a totally different set of five and extended that advantage.

“That’s somebody else’s starting five someplace else,” Smith said with a laugh.

Gary Lew Wallace shouldn’t feel too bad about its loss. Simeon (4-0) has been demolishing everyone in its path this season with all four of their wins coming by lopsided scores.

Despite Simeon’s dominance early, Smith said he isn’t happy with his team’s play. Although with the season being so early, it’s likely Smith would never admit to being pleased with his team.

“I don’t think we’re playing well,” Smith said. “I just think we’re playing well defensively. Offensively, we still have some things to work on.

“Our defense has been great. We rebound the ball well. We’re contesting shots. That’s been the most impressive thing this season. We’re sharing the ball well. We have confidence in each one of our players when they get out there, and their teammates have confidence in them as well. It makes it easier.”

Smith even found room for improvement in star sophomore Jabari Parker.

“He has to be a little bit more selfish,” Smith said. “He needs to look at the basket more. We need him to do a little bit more scoring. With this team and with him, he doesn’t care about scoring. He just wants to win.”

Kendrick Nunn led the Wolverines with 17 points.

“Simeon has just too much talent, depth and experience,” ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin said. “They’re very well coached, and they have a plan of attack.”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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