[quote=“Iron9er, post:11, topic:30110”][quote=“NinerWupAss, post:9, topic:30110”][quote=“Iron9er, post:8, topic:30110”][quote=“4ever niner, post:5, topic:30110”][quote=“NLP49, post:1, topic:30110”]Spanning the entire realm of basketball, what percentage of players actually improve their FT% by 10% or more once they’re past the age of 18?
I feel like we’re hunting unicorns here expecting head coaches to fix something that’s very psychological and not just mechanics/muscle memory.[/quote] I dunno. I tried to make the argument that our free throw failures under Major weren’t his fault and that was met with some derision.
I’m agreeing with you and, at the same time, pointing out that some posters here are entirely unreasonable.
If Mark Price can’t get guys to make their FREE throws, I’m pretty sure its a well nigh impossible task.
Bad free throw shooting generally hurts the game in my opinion, because it encourages more fouling and thus more play stoppage.[/quote]
Your thought that some posters here are unreasonable is totally correct. No one hating on Price like they did Major though our FT shooting is actually worse so far this year by 2% points, we basically have 4 guards on the floor at all times, and we got rid of Clayton, who was 1 player off from being the worst ft shooter in D1 last year.
That being said, I don’t think much of it is controllable by the head coach. You got to have confident players at the line. I really think previous posters are right, players have to get themselves comfortable and work on it on their own time (as long as they don’t have some very obvious mechanics flaw that coaching can help).[/quote]
Each year under Major our FT % got worse. He stated that he didn’t like using practice time practicing them (when in reality we weren’t even using all of the time we had available). We are half way into Price’s first season with a roster of almost all new guys. I fully expect FT % to improve next year. Price has said there is an expectation to hit them and they do practice them.[/quote]
Not technically true.
Major’s teams had a downward trend (though not straight down as the last year came up a bit), but really the rate was pretty stable over those 4 years - only 1.1% difference from best year to worse. I’m throwing out 2010-11 as the best by far, but that was mainly because Bobby’s players were generally recruited as better shooters. I don’t really give Major credit for them being good ft shooters that year.
That being said, Price’s team is a 2.1% less than Major’s worst year so far. Yes, they are new players, etc and I’m not giving coach grief about the performance, but pointing out that some of our posters see what they want to see and complain just to complain. I personally agree with Major about practice time on ft’s. Like I said before, I think kids have to put their own extra time into it. I saw guys like Basden, Jobey, etc in the gym doing it all the time because they wanted to be good.[/quote]
So one year it went up the rest went down. Close enough for me. I do include Bobby’s players because he took a team that had decent shooters from Bobby and they got worse under him. We would ALL love for players to be like Eddie and Jobey and spend hours away from official practice time shooting them, but if thats the expectation and it’s happening and not getting better then you have to do something about it or be ok with continuing to lose games at the line. I pretty much gave Major a pass on his first season and considering that Price, unlike Major, has mostly recruiting leftovers and virtually no one playing decent minutes from last year except for Brax it is hard for me to hit him hard on FTs or really anything this year. I will be shocked if we shoot FTs so poorly next season. In talking to Mark you can tell his attitude is totally different on FTs. When I asked about practicing them he said you practice anything that helps you win. We just need more dogs. Major’s issues came down to being a sucky coach, let’s hope Mark’s issues aren’t getting kids that can play.