SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Just like Tuesday's opening doubleheader in Puerto Rico, the University of Louisville basketball team found its hands full on Wednesday against Puerto Rico's junior and senior national teams.
Unlike last night, only one of the games was close. Puerto Rico's junior team held off Louisville's walk-ons, freshmen and sophomores 79-77 in an entertaining, intense matchup. Then Puerto Rico's senior team routed what was supposed to be Louisville's A squad, 96-62.
Still, Wednesday's doubleheader provided U of L's coaching staff with lots of good material, especially for freshman big man Ray Spalding and freshman guard Donovan Mitchell in the first game. The second game gave the staff an idea of what it looks like when Damion Lee isn't scoring, and it was, in a word, troubling -- as much as one exhibition in Puerto Rico in August can be.
Now, in our breakdown of the first day of games, we didn't grade the players. One game, we thought, was an incomplete amount of data. The gloves come off this time.
Here's a full breakdown -- and grading -- of each player's second night in Puerto Rico:
Damion Lee: He was everywhere in Tuesday's opener, scoring inside and out and even prompting Puerto Rico's pro players to compliment him to Rick Pitino. But on Wednesday, Lee never got going. Puerto Rico's defense was fantastic, sure, but Lee forced some early shots and struggled all game. Grade: C.
Trey Lewis: After a really impressive first half on Tuesday, the 6-2 Lewis has seemingly lost his groove. He was undone by the physical play in the first game, and he seemed to press a bit too much again on Wednesday. He is confident with the ball in his hands, but there's not much else to say about his play. Grade: C-minus.
Chinanu Onuaku: He was engaged and into it on Tuesday, and frankly looked like Louisville's second-best player behind Lee. But he was slow, disinterested and clumsy on Wednesday, and he looked a lot like the freshman version of Onuaku. It's understandable for a big man playing his second intense game in two days. Grade: C-minus.
Quentin Snider: He played both the point and off the ball on Wednesday, a lot more off the ball than he played on Tuesday or last season. It just didn't seem to suit him, though he had a few moments. He is still a good floor-spacing guard, but Snider is at his best with the ball in his hands, directing things. Grade: B-minus.
Deng Adel: The freshman wing was persistent in the second half, even in the face of a 30-point deficit. He got inside and mixed it up and played solid defense. He is Louisville's strongest player, and it showed against the physical Puerto Ricans. Grade: B-plus.
Jaylen Johnson: Credit Johnson for his effort. Like Adel, he still fought inside and got some interior points against Puerto Rico's bigs. He looked a lot better than Tuesday, when he only played two minutes in the main event because he played so much in the early game. He gave the staff a solid look Wednesday night. Grade: B-plus.
Mangok Mathiang: The 6-10 redshirt junior played both games on Wednesday, giving Louisville some veteran leadership and a vocal presence on the floor in the first game, but he appeared to be pressing on offense at first. He was active but struggled in the second game. Grade: C.
Donovan Mitchell: Given that Mitchell is a five-star prospect, the expectations are high for him. But his first game in a U of L uniform Tuesday was subpar. He played 23-plus minutes and barely made an impact. On Wednesday, he logged significant minutes in the first game and went right at Puerto Rico, drawing fouls and attacking the basket. He struggled early on but found a groove and was U of L's second-best player behind Spalding. Grade: B-plus.
Anas Mahmoud: After a solid outing on Tuesday, the 7-footer didn't do a whole lot in Wednesday's first game. He actually airballed two free throws and never really seemed engaged in the game. He made up for it with a solid effort in the nightcap Grade: C-minus.
Matz Stockman: Like Mahmoud, Stockman had his moments in Tuesday's opener, scoring eight points in the third quarter and looking rather smooth in the post. But he had no such impact on Wednesday. He missed a handful of bunnies around the basket. Grade: D.
Ray Spalding: The Trinity High grad played very well in the first half on Tuesday, but he faded down the stretch and wasn't as effective in the second half. That wasn't the case in Wednesday's first game. Spalding was all over the place on defense, getting deflections and blocking shots. He was impactful from front to finish, compiling 19 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four steals in 30 minutes. He was the best player for Louisville on Wednesday. Grade: A.
Ryan McMahon: He found his spots again on Wednesday, but his foul trouble – and the physicality of the game – made it hard for the 6-foot freshman from Florida to make much of an impact. He did hit a long 3 in the first half. Grade: C.
David Levitch: He wasn't quite as effective as he was in the first game on Tuesday, but Levitch still found a way to make a few hustle plays, spread out the offense and find his teammates. At this point in his career, seems like Levitch, a walk-on, would be a really solid mid-major scholarship guard. Grade: B.
Jay Henderson: After a really impressive performance on Tuesday, Henderson came out scoring again on Wednesday. It's not hard to imagine him contributing in some way this season. He wasn't quite as much of a threat in the second half, but he did help. Grade: B.
Dillon Avare: He had a rough first day in Puerto Rico and then turned the ball over on his first touch on Wednesday, but Avare looked much more confident the rest of the way, bagging a 3 and scoring from the point guard spot. Grade: B-minus.
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