Open practices at NCAA tournaments usually don't reveal much.
That was the case again Thursday.
But at least Siena players were out there running and shooting. I can report: They can all do both. Literally.
Other than that, it was tough to glean much from the 40-minute session.
Injured guard Clarence Jackson (ankle) participated. He seemed to limp at points, but he also looked fine jogging and pulling up to shoot. I didn't see him make any quick movements, though, or cutting at hard angles. That would seem like the most difficult things to do on a bum ankle.
The team did more drills than Purdue did during its practice, but Siena didn't seem too intense. Most of the guys took their time shooting, not working at what coaches like to call "game speed." But it's possible the team had already had its "real" practice earlier in the day and didn't want to use much energy.
Players didn't do any drills that had them defended, so that makes it tough to tell much about individual talent. Ryan Rossiter, the 6-foot-9 guy who averages a double-double, took most of his shots away from the basket. But when I asked Purdue's JaJuan Johnson about Rossiter, Johnson said he thinks he is more of a post-post than perimeter-post. So we'll see.
Reserve Steven Priestley looked, physically, like he'd be the toughest matchup. He's listed only at 6-5, but he stood next to Rossiter and looked the same height to me. Priestley is built a lot sturdier. But he only plays 3 minutes a game, so he must only look the part.
Siena only had four bigs working at one time, much like what Purdue's practices look like.
The weirdest moments of Siena's practice:
- Two kids, maybe 10 years old, were going through shooting drills with the players. Gotta assume they're boys of one of the coaches. But still, bizarre.
- The players didn't have the same practice uniforms. Only one or two guys actually appeared to have practice jerseys. All the other guys were wearing what appeared to be game uniforms, some in green, some in white.