Monday, March 27, 2017

Coaching at Cal apparently isn't what many of us thought

"On Cal hiring Wyking Jones, the search issues, and the perception problem" -- Jon Wilner

Gonzalez departing the Gaels

Verbal Commits: "Saint Mary's G Stefan Gonzalez (SO) is leaving the program."

He's not the biggest  -- probably 6-foot-1 -- but shot 40% from three-point range in limited minutes. Does he return to Idaho (his homestate)?

Hewitt exiting the Aggies

Verbal Commits: "UC Davis F Peter Hewitt (RS FR) is leaving the program."

He redshirted this season.

Anderson leaving the Dons

Shun Williams: "Chance Anderson @Im_justchance has been granted his release from the University of San Francisco"

He's a 6-foot-7 freshman out of Georgia who played 91 minutes this season.

Copeland with Pac-12 offer

CCSF Mens Basketball: "Colorado has offered sophomore Zach Copeland @Killacope and will take official visit in late April"

Cam Oliver is entering the NBA draft

"@SpaceCamm has a message for Wolf Pack Nation"LINK

Cal recruit heading elsewhere

Josh Gershon: "2017 Corona (CA) Roosevelt/Earl Watson Elite SG Jemarl Baker has asked out of his LOI with #Cal" LINK

Luke Maye doesn't 'look' like a Carolina starter

"LUKE MAYE'S SHOT HAS UNC WALKING ON AIR OUT OF MEMPHIS" -- Mike DeCourcey

I kept wondering who this guy was and why was he playing so much because he was no typical Carolina gazelle bouncing up and down the court. Little did I know...

Pascoe getting looked at

Julius V: "2018 Garrett Pascoe 6'3 PG Clayton Valley HS receiving interest from Davidson, San Fransisco, Santa Clara, Liberty, UMASS Lowell, UC Irvine"

Is it a Zag world?

"NCAA Tournament 2017: Which Final Four team has the best shot at the national championship?" -- Mike DeCourcey

My team has never had a one-and-done, so does that mean we have a chance next season?

"Meaning behind Final Four not featuring a single one-and-done player" -- Adam Zagoria

Post play on offense, or not

"Inside Look: Why working the ball through the post makes Gonzaga a title contender" -- Luke Winn

It begins: "The most celebrated press-conference­ rant of 2016–17 was not another baby-boomer coach railing against the entitlement of today’s youth but rather a recent convert to the church of analytics lashing out against strategic orthodoxy. This occurred after a nationally irrelevant game (Marshall’s 112–106 loss at Pitt on Dec. 28), and the question that triggered it was generic: “You guys take a lot of threes. Did you feel like there maybe wasn’t quite enough working the ball into the paint early on?” But the depth of Thundering Herd coach Dan D’Antoni’s answer—as well as analytics Twitter’s thirst for convention-challenging content­—helped it go nerd-viral.

“You’re old school, aren’t you?” D’Antoni, 69, asked the reporter. “Do you watch the NBA ever? You see those top three teams. Golden State—do they work it in? My brother [coach Mike D’Antoni] in Houston, the biggest turnaround in the league—do they work it in? You can go get any computer and run what the best shots are, and it will tell you the post-up is the worst shot in basketball.”

D’Antoni then listed shot options from best to worst, including their expected NBA point values: the clean layup (1.8), the shot that draws a foul (1.5), the corner three (1.3) ... all the way down to the post-up (0.78). He continued: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State. What do they do? They just spread that thing out and go. I changed a long time ago. I coached for 15 years like a dummy, running down there real hard so I can get it in there for the worst shot in basketball. I didn’t even know what I was doing. The short version of my answer is no.”

D’Antoni’s NBA references weren’t exaggerations. Only 8.3% of the Cavaliers’ possessions had ended on post-ups or passes out of the post at week’s end, according to Synergy Sports Technology, while the Warriors’ rate was just 6.6% and the Rockets’ a league-low 2.8%. Marshall worked the ball through the post even less (2.5%) than the Rockets, and while this strategy led to offensive improvement and a 20–15 finish for the Thundering Herd, there are teams around the nation shunning the post to even greater effect..."

Love the depth and background here

"The Power Struggle At Georgetown Goes Back To A Petty, 50-Year-Old D.C. High School Hoops Feud" -- Dave McKenna

Many ways to field a successful team

Mark Ziegler: "...You have one team (UNC) where nobody transfers in or out, that patiently grooms its players, that has a steady stream of five-star recruits and McDonald’s all-Americans but no one-and-dones in a decade, that starts three juniors and a senior.

You have one team (Gonzaga) that ranked 320th out of 351 Division I teams in continuity of minutes from last year, that starts three transfers plus a center who sat out most of last season, that brings a true freshman as the first guy off the bench.

You have one team (South Carolina) with players from Canada, Australia, Gabon, Senegal and Estonia and a head coach whose parents are Cuban exiles.

You have one team (Oregon) that has used all of the above, some high school recruits from L.A., some junior college transfers, a star forward from Canada, a backup center from England and a fifth-year senior transfer who is the oldest player in the tournament..."

Please do take a read

"Colin Kaepernick is called a distraction, but from what? The question of why the QB doesn’t yet have a team isn’t just about X’s and O’s either" -- Bomani Jones

It opens with: "It’s imperative to cut through the noise surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s current unemployment, and nothing is noisier than the idea that NFL teams will not sign Kaepernick because he is a “distraction.” It’s football’s laziest cliché, a catchall for anything or anyone a team might not like..."