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Killings encouraged with UAlbany men’s basketball team’s progress after 1st scrimmage

UAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings during conditioning work at SEFCU Arena in Albany on Monday, July 6.
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UAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings during conditioning work at SEFCU Arena in Albany on Monday, July 6.

ALBANY — With the team’s season-opening game coming into vision on the calendar, UAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings liked the steps his club took during this past weekend’s closed scrimmage against Saint Joseph’s.

“We have depth, which I’m excited about,” Killings said Monday when asked for his top takeaways from the weekend’s action. “We have a bunch of guys that can impact the game.”

De’Vondre Perry was the top star from UAlbany’s intrasquad scrimmage earlier this month. On Monday, Killings gave special mention to Justin Neely for how the freshman played in the team’s latest scrimmage, but said he liked overall how the Great Danes performed. In particular, Killings praised the Great Danes’ ball movement.

“We compete and we play really hard,” Killings said. “We battle through things, which is really good.”

UAlbany traveled to Saint Joseph’s for its first scrimmage. The Great Danes will host Canisius this upcoming Saturday for its second scrimmage of the preseason.

AT THE POINT

Killings said the UAlbany coaching staff hasn’t made any decisions yet on its opening-night starting lineup Nov. 9 against Towson, but that there could be clarity regarding that next week.

While not necessarily a starting lineup, Killings did say Monday that something the Great Danes “want to explore” is seeing if they can feature all three of their scholarship point guards — Will Amica, Jamel Horton and Ny’Mire Little — together on the floor.

“I would love to be able to get them all on the floor together,” Killings said. “I think they’re all very different.”

On a regular basis, Killings has praised Amica, Horton and Little during the preseason. While Amica didn’t play during the Great Danes’ intrasquad scrimmage that was open to the public, Horton and Little often matched up at the point-guard position, but Little also saw some minutes at the 2 position.

Little, a freshman, said he wants to be an option at the 1, 2 or 3 this season.

“That’s my goal, to know all three spots,” Little said.

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