If all we did was guard the three and block out on the defensive boards it would make a world of difference.
I know Jones is out.
this wasn't as bad an outcome as the program as had.
I know ultimately we have to press and set a tempo, one can see a couple of spurts where it all clicked.
Just with an entire week of practice, and come lacking improvement (that I can see) in the way team members do little things, and the overemphasis on the press.
I'd rather we limit the press, knowing it can make it harder to win.
The team MUST learn to play disciplined half court offense and defense, and it just looks stale, like rec league ball.
last year's team really wasn't any better at this stage. However, the top of the Big West with Irvine, SB, and Riverside WILL be better, so at some point improvment has to come.
Hunter, I'd expect some of those plays into traffic that were ill-advised. Tsahonis, like feast or famine, can tolerate a few bone-head plays on offense, but the swivel-head routine where he never finds a guy to block out, and gets beat too much on defense has to change. For a 4th year guy, it's just unacceptable - at this stage I'm guess I'm assuming he can't be coached to do certain 'little things', those bad habits are why he bounced.
Not sure how to integrate A. Traore more into getting him isolated for offense, the touches he gets and the spacing require him to try to go 1 on 1 in traffic, it's as if the staff has basically told him to go hustle and find the ball, and get your own points, any 10-15' shot that thought he might work on over the summer either it's not mature enough and/or he is told not to take that shot nor - why do we post him top of the key solely?
biggest dissapointment is Murray is struggling big-time to make his teammates better, I get he has to be the guy to get a shot off, but way to much time in isolation. Frankly, he is nowehere near to being an effective pro he wants to be. I thought he might surpase Bibbs as a player, but so far I can't see any improvmeent in his defense, offense, and especially decision-making. He's started to hit 3s, that's good, but like Tsahonis, those two guys need to get crucified by the staff and start accepting to make little plays and be glue guys, cause they ain't turning the heads of any scouts. Passing strong, better defense, REBOUNDfrom the perimeter, and frgging (especially Murray) stop trying to force into traffic.
UVU wasn't bad, they are mediocre, they just beat us as did MSU by being better basketball players. space pass, kick out, and don't get beat. sheesh
at least Rotegaard played his best game, and for 2 games now anohter 3 threat. just a huge disapointment that we have another solid shooting 3 game/start, but don't do the other things to win a game.
Stop pressing, force these guys vs. Sac State to play half-court, pass, and develop some good habits.
Rec league team, that's all I see.