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    MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    As a part of the Coach for a Day tomorrow - I was able to attend practice this afternoon - the game is early tomorrow so the final practice and prep for OSU was done today and not the usual am practice prior to a game.

    ChadM was not able to attend, so BryceC went in his place. His basketball knowledge far exceeds mine, but will post a few notes from practice and let him fill in the rest.

    - Clark looked pretty good, despite the comments after Wednesday's game that his knee was still bothering him quite a bit. He participated in all drills, sets, etc.
    - Wes sure seems to be having a lot of fun, finally being mostly healthy.
    - Greg doesn't let anything go - even the little things. Very detailed and I find that very important with such a young/inexperienced group. He and his assistants seem to be on the same page and mesh well with one another.
    - An interesting drill (you'll see it in the photos), players dribble around chairs placed on the floor. Partway through the drill, the a coach will be at the end of the set of chairs - holding 1-4 fingers up - changing it as the player works through the drill. The player must call out the number of fingers displayed.
    - A fair amount of dunking goes on in some of the drills - notably the fast break and 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 drills.
    - Greg handles scouting of other teams in an interesting manner - at least Bryce and I found it interesting. I'll let him delve into that.
    - One quick note on that though, the black jerseys are wore by the scout team and are complete with the specific jersey number of the opposing player they are imitating.
    - Wish we had Lucca. Strong, confident and can shoot well. He works very hard in practice despite not getting to play.
    - Ron Smith, Greg and the rest of the staff was very friendly and hospitable. Not an earth-shattering practice from an info stance - but a very fun afternoon!

    Here are the photos...just had 50 of them...

    MBB 1.18.08 Practice CF Gallery link







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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    Basically, as far as the scouting goes, Ron Smith organizes a huge list of assistant coaches that will scout each game individually. To better explain that, a few months ago, they broke down a list of games, like they said One assistant scouted the mizzou game and now another assistant will scout the OSU game. They do that because there simply isn't enough time during the season for everybody to scout every game. They will then break that down and all the coaches will view the stuff that one assistant put forward.

    They also have managers that organize all their film and it's digital, so for example, they could watch a series of clips of just one player. For example, Smith said that if you wanted to watch every shot Eaton has taken this year they could set it up so you could just watch every shot he's taken. Basically, over 16 games this ends up being a lot of tape.

    I'm probably leaving a bunch of stuff out here but Smith makes that list so guys know which games they are responsible for months in advance so they can start scouting them throughout the season.




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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    Good stuff guys...thanks for the info.



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    I can't recall who he said scouted Mizzu...was it Rutter?

    Whoever it was, deserves a raise. :)



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    FYI...photos uploaded...original post updated with a link and a couple photos.



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    Had the chance to sit with Ron Smith at the Coach's Night in August. Was real nice and gave a lot of good insight into the program (as well as other ISU sports).



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    How the heck do you get to be coach for a day thats awesome stuff Lucky SOB. Thats cool



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    Nice photos ISUFan22.

    As for the drill in which they had to drive around the chairs and call out the number, it's used to make sure the players keep their eyes and heads up at all times. They use this exact same drill with my daughter's second grade team except they substitute cones for chairs, but the outcome is the same.



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    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    Nice photos ISUFan22.

    As for the drill in which they had to drive around the chairs and call out the number, it's used to make sure the players keep their eyes and heads up at all times. They use this exact same drill with my daughter's second grade team except they substitute cones for chairs, but the outcome is the same.
    Does your daughter's team dunk, too?



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    Re: MBB Practice Notes/Photos - 1.18.08

    I do a similar thing with the kids in football, running through a zig-zag set of cones, switching the ball. I think I'll use that "count the fingers" trick with that drill, the ropes, etc.

    Who says football coaches can't learn from round-ball coaches! :)



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    No dunks, but she made a kid cry when she pulled a Cato and sent that kid's shot flying out of bounds. Made me proud.



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