In order for any big man (Gafford) to be effective in th low post, that player needs a couple things to happen:
A) versus a man to man defense creating those opportunities utilizes two principles, screens and creating HI/LO opportunities.
B) Against a zone you overload the zone and screen the zone. Executing a zone offense always had to do with how effectively your attack the middle of the zone, the high post. We have a good high post player in Trey Thompson.
Any half court offense must create opportunities to take advantage of the skill sets of the players. Do we create scoring opportunities on the half court? When Barford or Macon go one on one in order to get a shot up, is it because they are selfish? Did you ever notice that often happens late in the shot clock. Or is it because we have not created anything for them?
Remember at the end of the season last year when we got Hannah, Barford and Macon on the floor at the same time? Moses Kinglsey’s number vastly improved. It was about the substitution not that Kinglsey all of a sudden improved. Took the coach’s a long time but they finally figured that out and because we were more effective on offense and we got into the tournament with our offensive improvement. Not our defense. Check the numbers. I do not think that solution is there with this team.
I have seen a few high low sets this season that have worked. What happened, did we not recognize what just worked? Did this coaching staff not see how easily Coach Richardson did those things?
*****Frustrating for fans and players. Guaranteed. Macon pouts and that is hard to deal with for other players, but the other players see why he is frustrated. Lack of confidence in the offensive execution and schemes on the half court. ****
If we are going to truly contend on the national level we need superior talent. To consistently get superior talent in the recruiting process you must be able to show the prospect how you will get him ready for the NBA. If you are not talking about getting them to the NBA, you are recruiting the wrong players. Calipari and Self show the players how they are going to get them ready for the league thru a skill development process. I respect Self’s ability to coach and loathe Calipari’s arrogance. But you have to admit, they get superior talent with an organized approach to showing the prospect and family how they can get them to the NBA. Can we convince players we can do that?
This coaching staff, starting from the top, needs to learn how to adapt and learn how to teach some fundamentals if our program is to improve. Or hire an assistant coach, who can coach and give him the freedom to coach. Great head coaches hire great assistant coaches.
Hope we make the NCAA tournament, however, we have not beat South Carolina yet. Not making the NCAA tourney will be problematic as it hurts recruiting.
Too long and maybe too detailed. Sorry. Coached in HS for 16 years and now work for a high profile vendor and the cannot sign my name and get fired! And this is not a personal attack, just my opinion. Go Hogs!