Popular Post HoosierPal Posted October 5, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted October 5, 2022 Today, with Frank, Claiborne and Rammer. Segment 2 Oct 5. https://590thefan.com/radio-shows/press-box/ Coach really likes his offense, the team is built for scoring. A guy really scoring and playing well in practice is Pickett. Forrester has been one of the biggest surprises of the team. He is a threat with his back to the basket. We just need to add some defense and rebounding to it. Hughes was really impressive to Rammer when he last saw practice. Coach said his defense is at a high level, not just as a Freshman, but on any level. His shot was struggling early, but it has improved. Coach wasn't sure early if he would be ready to go but he has proven he can play on this team. Four days of practice, defense has been the focus on practices. Collins and Thatch lead the charge, but Pickett is a 'disrupter'. These guys can change a possession with their D. Team does not have a Power Forward. Likely will run out a PG, a 5 and then three wings. He does use the classical numbers in practice to tell players where a certain position...tell them where the one goes, where the two goes, etc. There will be four guards with a big 95 to 98% of the time. Will play two bigs at times, but not very often. In his offense, Ford gives players the freedom to make choices. He does emphasize structure, particularly spacing and positioning on the floor. "If the ball is here, you need to be there." Very rarely tells a player not to shoot. More likely, "you should have taken that shot". We want to pass up a good shot for a great shot. Half the team is vets, half the team has never played for Ford. The new ones have to understand our TeamBlue culture. Frank - How do you keep it fresh for your vets? It is a challenge. We are doing drill work. Some of the guys have done the drill a thousand times. The vets need to lead the new ones through the drills. Vets he really doesn't yell at. The new guys get yelled at. "I haven't changed the way I coach. I try to be a better coach. I don't change my approach because of the transfer portal. The game has changed dramatically with the Portal and NIL, so you have to adjust." Three weeks away from the exhibition with UMSL. "We have to get better today." We won't talk about anything more than today. Embrace each day to get better. Coach Sunvold said Ford called him and wanted to move the game days up on the calendar. Sunvold said no. Ford wanted to move it to fit in the scrimmage with Bradley. Dr. Chaifetz and Coach text quite a bit. He is excited about this team for sure. VeniceMenace, BilliesBy40, SLURadioBoy and 13 others like this Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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