Kelly Pierce

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minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

Every NBA team has guys that need to play defense and be able to hit the corner three to space the floor. Svi can do this as well as anyone in the draft in my opinion and that is why I think he will be a 2nd round pick.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

I do not disagree, but I do not think it is all on the players. I am just trying to state that from my experience as a coach, the players look to be trying to perform the rotations they have been taught. I really think this team needs to play more zone. Will still give up some perimeter shots, but the more they play zone the more comfortable they would become at morphing the zone to match-up with how it is being attacked. If you only use the zone as a last resort, your players will not play it effectively.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

I do not disagree, but the players are performing the defensive rotations as they have been taught. If you hard hedge the ball screen, someone must cover the roll or it is a dunk every time. It is pretty clear the players are trying to execute the long rotations taking place with our defensive philosophy.
Also, by not having another big, we are having to double the block from the weak side. If we would not do this, Mitch, Svi, and whoever is guarding that post would not only give up easy baskets, but they would constantly be in foul trouble.
Most observers will not realize that our lack of depth in the post is the primary factor in us giving up so many 3's. These other teams have players on scholarship as well. We make over 11 3's a game. We are not the only team that struggles in giving up the 3 point shot.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

You obviously do not understand the rotations that KU is using. With ball screens, the weak side is covering up the post as Udoka hedges the ball screen. This creates a long rotation for Svi and Vick, but it is how Kansas is defending the ball screen. On post entry when Udoka is not the primary defender. Kansas doubles from the other low block and the weak side guard rotates to cover opposite block. I felt that all the players were rotating properly. Sometimes they were not able to close back out on the shooters quick enough. These rotations are being used because we only have one big man. If you watch the game closely, all of the players are performing these rotations the same, Svi and Vick just happen to be the wings that are in this position most often.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

I was thinking the same thing about putting Svi in the middle. Vick just seemed so unsure of himself.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

This is so true. Jackson would have scored 60 last night if UW would have used that strategy all game long and he was in the middle of that zone. Vick is a very unselfish player and a very good player, but not an Alpha Dog. You put an aggressive player in that position and he could have scored every time.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

Gary, maybe you should take him on in a quick game of 1 on 1 or a friendly game of horse. Terrible, I don't think so. He will make a living playing this game. Not many who have played the game can ever say that.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

Svi gets beat off of the dribble, but most of the time it is off of close outs from his good help defense. He does not have good foot speed, so closeouts are very difficult for him, but his overall team defense saves points night in and night out as well. If he has a poor shooting night, his defense gets criticized even more. 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

I think Svi gets beat up often about his defense, and yes he is not a great defender, but when he has an off night shooting is when all of the experts criticize his play. What about his 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes of play? He didn't quit in other aspects of his game.

minerscoach (Kelly Pierce) says...

He took a blatant elbow to the chest prior to that foul.