Emphasis on 3 things in practice yesterday, after their scrimmage against USC:
1) be smart
2) be tough, be physical
3) do your job
4 x 4 drills emphasize spacing (without the 5, and on-ball screens).
ball reversals (track possessions with 3 or more passes). Studies show
ball reversals increase field goal percentage by X%. You'll have to
ask Coach for that number (not sure I can reveal it).
Shooting drills: Bryson! Bos! Brown! Green! Hart!
hit 6 in a row from the right corner. Bryson hit 8 in a row from the
right wing. Hart hit 9 in a row from the right corner. Check out what
he did in casual 2-on-2 from the perimeter against Brown after
practice. He probably has the best release on the team already. My
Coach has in the past mentioned Nunnally and
Somogyi had the best release on previous teams. Bos' shot is so
effective the coaches decided to not mess with it. His guide hand is
behind the ball, but his right wrist action is perfect.
Brown will be more aggressive on drives this year. Book it.
ball reversals, the pass should be received above the shoulders so the
recipient can make strong moves. There is more emphasis on
fundamentals--the little things. One-handed passes are discouraged.
team captains as of yet. Bos leads by example. Al is the voice of the
team. Green will be once he gets court time. Zalmico has natural
leadership instincts. Childress knows how to play, has a tight handle,
sees the passing lanes, and had a better shot than I anticipated, altho
it can be flat. He and Z are battling, getting better. They are
competing on court, but best friends off the court. Z is helping
Childress improve: junior mentor to true freshman.
Al was running a lot, keeping up his conditioning. Z has a bandaged right thumb (dislocated).
Coach is hard on the team when they have mental lapses. Veterans are singled out because they can take the tough coaching.
Yoga stretches are done after practice to prevent injuries.