Sene: Sultan of summer swats

Updated: December 6, 2006, 10:35 AM ET
By Tim Buckley | Special to ESPN.com

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- Scouts said Mouhamed Saer Sene would be a big-time project.

Had they seen his three games so far at the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league, they might have projected he'll contribute sooner than originally thought.

Sene -- taken 10th overall by Seattle in last month's NBA draft -- scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and blocked five shots while logging 28 minutes in the Sonics' 76-75 overtime win over Utah on Monday night at Salt Lake Community College.

Mouhamed Saer Sene
Kent Horner/Contributor /Getty ImagesIt would not be wrong to say Mouhamed Saer Sene is long.
The 7-foot Senegalese center's array of mostly inside shots included a dunk, a short hook and a soft jumper. But it was his blocks -- including two on Jazz second-round pick Paul Millsap in the final two minutes of regulation -- that really impressed.

"He's in the right position most of the time, he has tremendous quickness off the floor and anticipates where to get blocked shots from,'' said Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin, who coached Utah's Revue team Monday.

"It's an incredible knack,'' added Corbin, who had a 15-year, eight-team NBA playing career. "I mean, a lot of guys don't have it. They have the size, but they don't have the timing and the quickness to get off or the right positioning to get the shot blocked.''

With the Sonics' two other young centers not playing in the Revue -- Johan Petro is currently with the French national team, and Robert Swift is here but focusing on individual workouts and scrimmages -- Sene will be given ample opportunity to show he deserves regular-season playing time.

Corbin worked twice with Sene when Utah had him in for a pair of auditions; the Jazz had their eye on the athletic 20-year-old, but saw him go to the Sonics before they got a chance to select at No. 14. And he, for one, thinks Sene could see that playing time come quite early.

"He's a little bit more advanced basketball-wise than I thought just seeing him in individual workouts,'' Corbin said. "Offensively, he's a little bit more advanced than I thought, too, because he made some good moves down there.''

Former UConn swingman Denham Brown led Seattle on Monday with 17 points off the bench on 8 of 9 shooting from the field.

PHILLY PHANTOMS
A couple of 2006 draft choices playing for Philadelphia are flying under the Revue radar.

First-rounder Rodney Carney, a swingman taken No. 16 overall from the University of Memphis, had 17 points on 8-for-16 field-goal shooting in the 76ers' Revue opener Friday. He has missed the Sixers' last two summer league games, however, due to a strained left hamstring.

Forward Bobby Jones, a second-rounder picked 37th overall, played just two minutes in Philly's Revue opener and has missed the past two games with a strained right hamstring.

In their last two Revue outings, the 76ers also have been without forward Shavlik Randolph, who was excused for undisclosed personal reasons. The 6-10 Duke product, however, had quite a summer league opener, celebrating his freshly signed two-year contract with a 25-point showing that included 17-for-23 shooting from the free-throw line.

Carney and Jones might be back by Thursday, but the availability of Randolph -- who is heading into his second NBA season -- remains uncertain.

Even without those three, Philadelphia had no trouble beating Dallas 90-59 Monday.

The Sixers got a game-high 22 points on 11-for-17 field-goal shooting by Louis Williams, a 2005 second-rounder from South Gwinnett (Ga.) High School who played 30 games for Philly last season.

HOT SCORER

Marving Williams
Kent Horner/Contributor /Getty ImagesNow that he's healthy, Atlanta forward Marvin Williams is tough to contain.
Atlanta's Marvin Williams is using the summer league to show why the Hawks selected him No. 2 overall in the 2005 draft.

The former North Carolina forward was averaging a Revue-leading 26.0 points in his first two games, and scored a game-high 22 as the Hawks posted their first win with an 84-74 victory over San Antonio Monday.

Williams played 33 minutes and hit 12 of 13 from the free-throw line.

MISC.: Pavel Podkolzin, Dallas' 7-5 roster-regular center from Russia, didn't play Monday for the Mavericks. Podkolzin, coming off a strong showing in the Vegas Summer League, averaged 14.0 minutes and 6.0 rebounds in his first two Revue games. He was given the day off and did not dress (coach's decision) Monday. … The Jazz sent free-agent big man Hiram Fuller home Monday to see his family physician due to continuing high blood pressure. Fuller, who had a four-game NBA stint with Atlanta in 2004, averaged 8.0 minutes, 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two Revue games. The Fresno State product attended training camp with the Washington Wizards and played 24 games (12.0 points, 9.1 rebounds per game) for Florida of the D-League before joining Bearnais Pau-Orthez of the French Pro League last season. … Before the Revue started, the Jazz also sent free agent center James Lang home because of high blood pressure. Lang had stints with Toronto and Atlanta last season, but has never actually played in a regular-season NBA game. … Big man Mustafa Al-Sayyad, another free agent from Fresno State, exited the Jazz's Monday game early with a pulled left hamstring.

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Tim Buckley covers the Utah Jazz for the Deseret Morning News.

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