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    Basketball IQ

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    I do not think this team lacks basketball IQ, I just think it has less than any other team McDermott has coached.

    Everyone on here knows McDermott can coach the game of basketball. The tough part about it is that he is/WAS successful with kids that were gym rats in high school and had high basketball IQ's. McDermott did well at UNI because his players were rarely out of position defensively, knew however many plays he has, and executed. Rarely was there a fast break (offensively or defensively) and rarely did they chuck up desperation shots. I question whether or not he can coach athletes, however. There is no reason that two NBA players should combine to shoot 5 for 27 in a game. At least 8 to 10 times a game I just see confusion on the offensive end and McDermott yelling at people because they are out of position. It's obvious these guys don't know the plays nor are they in position defensively. These guys need to run up and down the floor a little bit, get one of those two point dunk shots that I've heard so much about, and liven the game up.



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    Re: Basketball IQ

    My 2 cents, for what it is worth. He needs to dumb it down. Why do you need 230 plays when you have athletes? Run 20 plays and learn them well. Get your players open somehow. Learn 20 plays and learn them well, instead of worring about running 230 plays halfass. This team does play D hard but they dont know what to do when they get screaned. There is usually confusion when a screan takes place, and if there are 2 look out. They do not understand how to help on D and have issues stopping the ball. Mac has so many O plays but never seems to mix it up on D.
    In closing Mac just needs to let them play and use their athleticism as much as they can and not tie their hands to a set play. He also needs to learn how to connect with players that are from places other than small town midwest.


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    Re: Basketball IQ

    My 2 cents...a contested, pull-up jumper during a 4 on 1 break = ZERO basketball IQ.

    That's worth about 2 cents.



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    Re: Basketball IQ

    Ham and SC have it figured out where to go. The others are being motioned to hit their spots on the play by the coach. It has been a l o n g season.


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    Re: Basketball IQ

    I thought this thread was going to be about Stinson and his amazing basketball IQ. I remember that being talked about during every pre-game interview about 5 years ago.



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    Re: Basketball IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by enisthemenace View Post
    My 2 cents...a contested, pull-up jumper during a 4 on 1 break = ZERO basketball IQ.

    That's worth about 2 cents.
    Gilstrap? If so that was my thinking when he did it in the OSU game...seems like he rarely dumps the ball and doesn't keep his head up if he puts the ball on the floor.



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    Re: Basketball IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    My 2 cents, for what it is worth. He needs to dumb it down. Why do you need 230 plays when you have athletes? Run 20 plays and learn them well. Get your players open somehow. Learn 20 plays and learn them well, instead of worring about running 230 plays halfass. This team does play D hard but they dont know what to do when they get screaned. There is usually confusion when a screan takes place, and if there are 2 look out. They do not understand how to help on D and have issues stopping the ball. Mac has so many O plays but never seems to mix it up on D.
    In closing Mac just needs to let them play and use their athleticism as much as they can and not tie their hands to a set play. He also needs to learn how to connect with players that are from places other than small town midwest.
    I agree that simplifying would be a good idea. In most things, you're better off to excel at a few things than to have a whole bunch you do sort of well (or poorly).
    It's the idea that it's bad to be a mile wide and an inch deep. Build a foundation of a few things that we excel at.


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    Re: Basketball IQ

    I think behind closed doors McDermott would admit coaching some of these guys at ISU has been a lot harder than he ever imagined. There is a fine line between structure and letting them play. These guys sure don't want the structure - they just want to do their thing, but they would be a lot better if they would just allow the coach to coach and buy in. Our talent isn't good enough to just go out and beat Big 12 competition by freelancing, per se.



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