Commentators keep saying the shooting is the problem...
by doug dascenzo (2019-02-07 08:35:13)

...but it's not...it's the lack of ball movement and insistence by some players to go Iso.

Penetrate and kick, executed well, gets the ball into a shooter's hands with them facing the basket, defender trying to close out after helping down on the initial drive. While we might be getting "clean" looks now, they aren't squared up, and they are with more pressure than in past years.

Farrel, Demetrius, Jerian, Vasturia...recent guards have been able to both drive/finish but, more importantly, drive and dish at a high level. Gibbs is incapable of both...and Hubb is a freshman coming back from sitting out a year.

Goodwin, Laz, Djogo, Harvey...these are/will be EXCELLENT players to distribute around a drive and dish guard. But Gibbs is too busy going 2 for 11.

Still love Brey. Still like this Freshman class. But the leaning on the primary ballhandler to be a scorer this year (and last with Farrell once Bonzie went down) really hampers what this offensive flow is supposed to look like.


We are lacking someone who can drive and finish
by bmoreirish  (2019-02-07 08:51:58)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

That threat to finish at the rim is what opens everything up. That's what Jackson, Grant, Vasturia and, eventually, Farrell brought to the table. Bonzie also had a unique skill set in that he could do this from the mid-range on in. We are a better team when most of our shots are inside the arc, which means our three point attempts will be, as you say, pretty much uncontested.

Gibbs just simply doesn't have the explosiveness to get around defenders. He can go through them, but is just not consistent at finishing those plays. Hubb does not yet have the court awareness to recognize when to attack and when to kick. It is too obvious what his motives are when he drives right now. I believe Goodwin will develop the ability to finish at the rim, he has been getting the ball to good spots and has the size and body control to do it well. But, much like Vasturia, he should not be our main guy in that category.

When we can't drive to score, our offense grinds to a screeching halt like last night and is painful to watch. I think Brey needs to be pushing these guys to get to the hoop and learn how to finish on the fly. We will not win many games playing like we did last night.


Agree 100%. No inside threat either so
by MAS  (2019-02-07 09:42:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If you don’t have a big man they have to worry about and you can’t dribble penetrate, you basically have no offense. Pass around the perimeter and pray. I am still optimistic for the future although another athletic guard would help.