I was watching a player for Loyola in the game against Michigan and he put the ball on the floor about 6-8 feet from the basket, went to the middle of the lane and shot a jump hook for a nice bucket. Why doesn’t someone teach Daniel Gifford that shot? If I were Mike Anderson I would find somebody like Joe Kleine to come work with Gafford to help him develop a couple of shots around the basket. He could be an offensive force with just one go-to shot besides the dunk.
You give Joe a couple of week’s with Gafford and it would be an eye opener for him, I believe. If Joe can’t or won’t do it…find somebody who can. He obviously never has been schooled with that shot because he never used it all year. He is talented and could develop that shot. It’s an easy one to learn and effective against another post player.
Interesting. Did you ever see Joe shoot a hook shot while at Arkansas? Memory is fading, but I remember jump shots and turnaround jump shots by Joe, but not hook shots. I watch UALR games quite a bit. I don’t remember any of the UALR post players while Joe was an assistant there, shoot hook shots. Have you?
Gafford just needs to dunk that ball with his quickness and lift, if he is as close to the basket as that slow footed Loyola post guy was, instead of a hook shot. Now if you can find someone who can teach Gafford hook shots from further out from the basket like Kareem Abdul,Jabber used to do, let’s bring that coach in. I am all for it.
Between his freshman year and his sophmore year, with basically the same amount of playing time, his numbers almost declined across the board. His biggest jump was between sophmore and junior years, which was a vast improvement, but the catch here is that his playing time almost trippled. Now between his junior and senior years with almost identical playing time, again, almost all his numbers decline from the previous year.
Call me crazy, but that does not sound like a lot of development to me.
FWIW, Joe Kleine is a regular on Pat Bradley’s show. Joe did have an opportunity to coach Gafford after his senior year for an all-star game. He is very pleased with Gafford’s development and says Daniel has exceeded his expectations. He has also praised how Portis and Kingsley developed at Arkansas.
You should call in that show (Joe is usually on Monday and Wednesday or Thursday. Schedule may change now since season is over) and ask Joe that question. Don’t take my word.
It’s pretty amazing isn’t it? I mean if there is something the staff can hang it’s hat upon at Arkansas it has been big man development and production. Portis, Kingsley, Gafford, but that’s all weight room and nutrition as if every other school with lesser big men doesn’t provide those things.
Maybe when he’s resting from practicing the jump hook he can work on free throws. This guy has unlimited potential IMHO, started bball late and has a bunch of learning and maturing to do yet. Our youth movement so to speak is reaching fever pitch with coming classes and it seems at this point the sky’s the limit, but we will have growing pains also with them. WPS
I think most fans brush with broad brush strokes on critiques. There is NO doubt that Portis and Kingsley developed quite well under this staff. Gafford surprised most fans with his improvement this year. I think some of the fans like me see the offense as the limiting factor and the lack of set play utilization to get Gafford the ball. Some fans see the offense and focus entirely on that as the problem and as blame for the CMA. I think development is broken up into compartments- some CMA does well and some he does not. Fans have to be more fair and recognize the compartments of development. I want to see CMA use more set plays this year for Gafford since we will be so young on the perimeter.
We need Daniel to practice his free throws. As he increases his offensive efforts, he will find himself at the FT line more than anyone on the team. Presently, he’s having little success at what should be the easiest shot he takes.
He was preseason SEC POY. The defense paid a lot more attention to him as a senior, and we were more talented as a team. His assists went up, as he was double-teamed in the post regularly. He compensated somewhat by improving his FT% from 64% to 76%. We missed those FTs a lot this season. He also expanded his game on the perimeter. He took 16 treys after 0 the season before and made 7. His 2-pt jumper% went from to 28% to 35% as they went from 47% of his shots to 63%. The D was focused on not letting him get shots around the rim, but the attention helped Hannahs, Macon, and Barford be more efficient than they would have otherwise.