Here are four takeaways from Auburn’s win over the Israel U-20 National Team.
Auburn won the opening game in Israel over the Israel U-20 National Team by a final score of 119-56.
There were a lot of question marks about this Auburn basketball team, but many of those were answered in their first exhibition game in Israel.
The most exciting thing about this game was that everyone was shining. All of the newcomers had great outings, and the returning players showed why Auburn was one of the best teams in the nation just a season ago.
Let’s look at four takeaways from Auburn’s win.
Chance Westry looked the part
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Chance Westry had 13 points to go with four goals and a block. He watched smoothly dribbling the ball in the half court and on the break. He plays like a six-foot-six point guard. He scored in a variety of ways, whether it was a three-ball, taking to the rim, or a pull-up jump shot. Westry has a chance to be the best player on this team if he continues to play like this going into the season.
There is a feeling that Westry will be able to represent Jabari Smith’s old number well.
The big men looked good
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Auburn’s three big men, Dylan Cardwell, Johni Broome and Yohan Traore looked impressive in the opener in Israel. On the same subject : Shows Video Game TV Rated by Tomatometer.
After last season, the Tigers had to replace all the production Walker Kessler brought to the table. The combination of these three players stepping up will fill that void. All three had multiple blocks. They tried to score a nightmare for Israel.
Traore finished with 20 points and eight goals. Broome finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Cardwell had 12 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. All very solid numbers. When the season starts, expect to see numbers like these from Auburn’s big men.
Allen Flanigan looked like himself
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Allen Flanigan is coming off a year where he had a breakout season due to injury. In this basketball game, he looked like the Flanigan we all know and love. He was making threes, scoring at the rim, and looked extremely athletic. It is clear that he is officially fully healthy from the Achilles injury he suffered a year ago. Flanigan will have a monster year in 2022.
K.D. Johnson shot the ball well from deep
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A year ago, part of the question as to why the Tigers struggled down the stretch was that KD Johnson missed his shot from deep. In this ball game, Johnson had 13 points and shot a very efficient 37.5% from the floor. His shooting form looks great, and he seems to have made a few tweaks that have helped him drain some threes. At times Johnson was still a little out of control, taking the ball to the basket, but all and all, it was an excellent performance from the fan-favorite Johnson.
The biggest takeaway from the game is that Auburn will once again have a basketball team that will be a true National Championship contender.
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