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Post Game Awards: UConn MBB Exhibition vs Assumption

Who stood out and what made the difference in UConn's final exhibition game?

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Player of the Game- Daniel Hamilton. The freshman forward finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. He was all over the court against Assumption. He can do a little of everything. What stands out is his court vision. At 6'6", he has the height to see over the defense to find open passing lanes. He's already developed a nice chemistry with Amida Brimah, they've linked up for at least three alley-oops in the exhibition season. Hamilton, who did make some freshmen mistakes, has star potential.

Quote of the Day- Assumption head coach Matt Mahar On Daniel Hamilton "The kid is a stud." Simple, to the point, and true.

Turning Point of the Game- It seems strange for the turning point of the game to happen when UConn was already up 13 points. That's just the type of game it was. Leading 59-46, Ryan Boatright stripped Assumption's Declan Soukup at half court, hustled down the floor and threw down a dunk. Following a missed three by Assumption, Sam Cassell Jr. splashed a three pointer, putting the game out of reach. It was at this moment UConn looked like the team they have the potential to be.

Play of the Game- For the second straight game, the play of the day was a Daniel Hamilton to Amida Brimah alley-oop. What can I say, that play is awesome. It gets Brimah involved in the offense, it fires the crowd up and it gives the team an added boost.

Concern- Amida Brimah needs to stay on the floor. It's that simple. Brimah picked up two fouls in the game's first 2:45. That is unacceptable. When he is on the floor, UConn is a notch better. He only played 16 minutes this afternoon, and he still finished with 3 blocks. Brimah is high impact player for this team.

Coach Kevin Ollie did not seem too worried about Brimah's foul trouble.

"He needs to work on his verticality, just going straight up to challenge shots," he said. "He has to stay away from those silly fouls."