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Old 04-16-2021, 09:52 AM   #101
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Miller has shown he's willing to change aspects of his teams because he thinks he can do better. He might have a consistently evolving mindset when it comes to what he needs (which would be a great thing).
Cronin did that too in his later years, to be fair. Certainly with the Broome and Washington transfers. Hardly any freshmen though. Cumberland and Quadri are about the only exceptions.

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Old 04-16-2021, 09:52 AM   #102
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What I'm saying is he signed Hensley, who is nothing like the players you described. You don't sign a Hensley unless you're willing to break outside of one specific philosophy, because Hensley doesn't fit that mold at all.

I'm not talking about offense first vs defense first, I'm talking about skill sets.

Miller has shown he's willing to change aspects of his teams because he thinks he can do better. He might have a consistently evolving mindset when it comes to what he needs (which would be a great thing).
I agree and am hoping to see an evolving mindset and willingness to adjust as well.

But Cronin signed plenty of guys and then tried to force them to fit into his system. Sometimes it worked, usually it didn't (Quadri). Being willing to sign a guy isn't necessarily a sign of a willingness to adjust.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:55 AM   #103
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What I'm saying is he signed Hensley, who is nothing like the players you described. You don't sign a Hensley unless you're willing to break outside of one specific philosophy, because Hensley doesn't fit that mold at all.

I'm not talking about offense first vs defense first, I'm talking about skill sets.

Miller has shown he's willing to change aspects of his teams because he thinks he can do better. He might have a consistently evolving mindset when it comes to what he needs (which would be a great thing).
This is the type of stuff I like to see. The willingness to not stick to a singular rigid philosophy no matter what. It makes sense a young coach is still perfecting his coaching style. And if he is a sponge and flexible...that is what I want to see as well. The game is always changing and those who don't change with it can get left behind.
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Old 04-16-2021, 09:57 AM   #104
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Mick doesn't really emphasis those either. His teams take a very high percentage of their shots from the midrange, 40% this year. Miller's team took a midrange 2 26% of the time, and 50% of those were from 1 guy.
Mick's offense seems to emphasize getting his best shooters open looks, he doesn't really care where on the floor that look is from. I'm guessing a majority of UCLA's midrange shots came from Juzang.

Put another way, he cares about the guy doing the shooting and not the location of the shot. To a degree Miller did the same thing (giving the ball to Isiah Miller and letting him work), though not nearly to the same degree as Mick's straight up iso-ball.
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They shot a lot of 3's and didn't make many. That's the scary part for me when BB skills are low on the list. The hope is he can up his recruiting here at UC and add the skill with the athletes. But that is easier said than done because everyone wants the skilled athletes who work hard and play D.

Can't wait to see what we start pulling in but if we keep the guys we have we should have a little shooting capability to start out

His teams have shot the 3 well in the past. I think sometimes you get guys you think will be able to shoot, and it just doesn't work out.

But if you look at guys he's recruited recently, Keyshaun Langley shot 38.7% as a freshman from 3, then 32.2 as a SO, but is at 34.5% in his career. AJ McGinnis shot 33.6% from 3 as a freshman last year on 122 attempts (Mason shot 32.2% on 59 attempts). Jarrett Hensley, who didn't play much and didn't play well when he did, was brought in cause he was a stretch 4 shooter.

From 2015-2017 his teams shot at least 36% from 3 as a team. Maybe after that he focused more on the athlete part, but I think he likely understands the importance of having good shooters. He might have had to make some sacrifices being at UNC Greensboro.

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Mick's offense seems to emphasize getting his best shooters open looks, he doesn't really care where on the floor that look is from. I'm guessing a majority of UCLA's midrange shots came from Juzang.

Put another way, he cares about the guy doing the shooting and not the location of the shot. To a degree Miller did the same thing (giving the ball to Isiah Miller and letting him work), though not nearly to the same degree as Mick's straight up iso-ball.
Yeah, Juzang took the most, and he hit 49%, which is pretty good. Tyger had the second most and he shot 47%. But you have to hit 52% for it to be an average efficiency shot. Even with two good midrange shooters, it's still not really good offense.
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Yeah, Juzang took the most, and he hit 49%, which is pretty good. Tyger had the second most and he shot 47%. But you have to hit 52% for it to be an average efficiency shot. Even with two good midrange shooters, it's still not really good offense.
And Juzang got that high going nuts in the tournament. He was 15-22 in the final 2 games, and 56.6% for the tournament. Those are crazy insane for college players.
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