Play simple has been a theme of the Charlotte Hornets summer league team when it comes to running there offense and an emphasis for players when making plays. James Borrego breifly explains the play simple concept in his summer league interview here. This is a philosophy that Borrego is taking with him from his time with the Spurs. There is a high emphasis on playing off of the catch and reading the defense on or before the catch with there .5 concept. Players have half a second to make a decision to shoot, drive or pass. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina explains .5 in greater depth here. A great quote from the article is when Hornets assistant, Jay Hernandez says, "We keep talking about being great at basic." I love that saying and something I will use with my players.
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Below are my predictions along with contributor Alex Dodge's Draft Lottery Predictions . The will take place Thursday, June 21st at 7p.m. eastern on ESPN. With trade rumors swirling and players all over the draft board, it is bound to be an interesting night. This is only through the lottery and my favorite team is the Milwaukee Bucks so here are a few players I like for the Bucks at 17: Troy Brown Oregon, De'Anthony Melton USC, Aaron Holiday UCLA, Chandler Hutchinson Boise St.
Robinson has been a dynamic scorer throughout his college career. In the 2017-2018 season he has improved his efficiency in all areas and has improved his FG%, 3P% and FT%. His current numbers are 48 FG%, 41 3P% and 83 FT%. These improvements put him close to a 180 shooter, making him one of the top shooters in the country. He scores in multiple ways with off of the dribble shots, mid range shots and attacking the rim.
Robinson’s length, skill and athleticism allows him to get his shot off in a variety of ways. Robinson does a lot of his scoring off of the dribble and one area to take notice is Robinson’s pickup. The shot pickup is where a lot of players issues start when shooting off of the dribble by not cleanly picking the ball up. If he is dribbling with his left hand he quickly brings the ball to his right hand to go up into his shot. If he is dribbling with his right hand he brings his left hand to the ball and up into his shot.
Off the Dribble
Robinson is very effective off of the dribble in isolation and coming off of ball screens. He uses a variety of change of direction moves, fakes and hesitations to create space for his shot. Two of his favorite moves off of the dribble are the drag dribble and the step back. He is able to pull up off of the dribble from three and in the mid range. His clean and quick pick ups allow him to get his shot off in a variety of ways and against longer defenders.
Robinson not only can shoot it from a variety of places and ways, but he is great at finishing in the paint as well. As a 6’6 combo guard, Robinson uses his length and athleticism to finish over and around opponents. He often finishes at the rim off of two feet. This allows him to create and take on contact and still be strong and balanced enough to finish. Finishing off of two feet also allows Robinson to avoid help side defense from blocking his shot or taking a charge on him.
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By Cole Schreiner- Northland College
It seems that all high school student-athletes want to play at the next level. Over the last couple of years of coaching college basketball, there are a few things I’ve noticed about the recruiting process.
This seems like a pretty obvious thing, but there are many different ways for players to get noticed. Outside of playing well during the high school season and playing with a good AAU program, there are many other ways to get noticed that I don’t think are utilized to the full potentials. Coaches will usually send out questionnaires once the high school season is over, I’d suggest filling those out and sending them back, just so the coaches know you are interested and will pursue you more. Don’t sweat it if you don’t receive a questionnaire, most schools have online questionnaires you can fill out on their athletic websites. Both of those are good steps for student-athletes looking to play at the next level. If none of the above have worked for you yet don’t give up, there is still hope! Attending showcases can be another way to help gain attention from college coaches, but it’s important that you do your research on the showcases before investing time and resources. Make sure it’s put on by reliable sources and that college coaches will actually be in attendance. A lot of times at showcases there will be one or two coaches in the stands, that’s not going to help you gain much exposure. Lastly, I think emailing coaches can help to a certain extent but make sure you attach contact information to the email.
The best advice I was ever given was, “Don’t leave any rock unturned.” Learn as much as you can before cutting a school from your list of options. Ask the coaches questions, it makes the conversation so much more interesting if you ask something. I know we throw a lot of information at you, but try to have at least one question (or even a fun fact) ready to go for us. Don’t just tell coaches you want to come there and work hard for them, show them that you actually know something about the college or university itself. What’s the point of talking to a coach for months if at the end of the day they don’t even have your major? This also goes for when you decide to start narrowing your list of schools down. There is good basketball at every level, so don’t tell a school “no” just because they can’t offer you a scholarship. Trust me, coaches realize that financial reasonings are going to be a big deciding factor for you, it’s that way for 99% of families out there. Make sure you pick a place for the right reasons, kids transfer all the time. That’s fine, but pick a school that you know you’ll be happy at.
As coaches, it’s our jobs to do research on you and know what kind of person, student, and athlete you are. If we are talking to you, you don’t have to try and impress us. We already know we want you to be a part of our program. Don’t wear the “cool jacket” around coaches and try to upsell yourself to us saying you have an offer from this school and saying another school is ready to offer. For me, being a coach at a NCAA Division III college, that turns me away more than makes me want to keep recruiting you. We know, for the most part, who is recruiting you and who isn’t. I think that wearing the “cool jacket” hurts kids when they should be trying to form relationships with the coaches. There’s nothing I love more than going to watch a kid play and him being excited to see me afterwards and being engaged with our conversations. It’s also a good idea to stay in contact with the coaches recruiting you. Send them texts if something exciting happens with you or check in on how their season is going. To me that just proves even more that the kid wants to be a part of your program.
This kind of goes off the “Form Relationships” topic, but most of the time coaches assume if you’re pretty quiet that you just aren’t interested in the school. I can handle a kid saying no to me and choosing another school, but what annoys me is when student-athletes don’t do all the research and instead of saying, “I’m sorry, I’m just not interested in your school,” (or whatever the case may be for you not choosing to attend that school) they give you an excuse about us not having your major (when we actually do). If we’re not the school for you, that’s fine. It is part of our jobs, so be honest with us. Coaches know that most student-athletes are great kids with a lot going on, but keep in mind that coaches spend a lot of their time and effort trying to recruit you, so always try to keep the lines of communication open and honest.
At the end of the day, if there is a school that you really want to get recruited by, do something to stand out to them. Don’t just sit back and wait for them to contact you, take some of this advice and get the process started.
Offensive rebounding is something coaches are always preaching. Whether it is about not giving up offensive rebounds or having players crash the glass. Coaches have a lot of different philosophies regarding offensive rebounds and often depends on the personnel or just coaches philosophy. Below I will discuss 4 different offensive rebounding concepts.
In weakside flood, players flood the weak side of the lane for the offensive rebound. The post player or player on the block goes to the weak side block when a shot goes up. The next two players crashing the glass flood the weak side with one player in front of the rim and the other on the weak side. The point guard retreats for transition defense. This is concept that has been used by Illinois coach Brad Underwood. Below is a diagram of the weakside flood concept.
The triangle concept is a classic concept to fill all side of the basket for the rebound. The point guard and shooter (or any players that are designated) get back on defense when the shot goes up. The other three players fill the strong side block, weak side block and middle lane to form a triangle. Below is a diagram of the triangle concept.
This is a popular concept among pro and college teams. Players who are below the free throw line can crash the offensive glass. Players who end up above the free throw line on the shot must get back on defense. Below is an example of the top back concept.
This is a concept that coaches use who believe that transition defense outweighs the possibility of a offensive rebound. When the shot goes up all 5 players abandon the offensive glass and get back on defense. Coaches may also send their best offensive rebounder to try to get an offensive rebound and the other 4 players get back on defense.
A move that Brunson often uses to finish off of a drive or post up is the back pivot. This is when he comes to a stride stop (1-2 stop) and a player is on his inside hip and he performs a forward pivot off of his back foot. The back pivot helps create space to be able to finish or shoot. This is a simple yet extremely effective move when used in the right situation and a player is on balance. This is a move that all players can and should incorporate into their game. Check out how Jalen Brunson incorporates it into his game below.
When Brunson is cut off on a drive or recognizes that he has a smaller defender he will turn his drive into a post up. This is often called a Barkley move because it was made famous by the legendary Charles Barkley. Once in the post up Brunson can use his size to finish over smaller players and his footwork and fakes to create an advantage. Not only does Brunson score out of a post up, but it provides a great opportunity to pass out of it and find open teammates. In the post up many help defenders turn their heads or dig into the post and this is an ample time to cut to the basket or relocate and Brunson is easily able to find open teammates. Check out Brunson’s dribble into a post up below.