A couple of posters on the Purple Basketball Board are really upset with the play of the Wildcats' so far this season, and they're laying the blame directly on the Head Coach, Bill Carmody.You probably should read the entire thread [linked below] but one poster, DaveLoveJY levels a direct criticism at the present system...
A couple of posters have taken issue with NU's recruiting, and how our style of play doesn't attract Star HS players.
Players won't come if they can't play or feel that they would be limited in this system.
Sometimes as a coach you have to recognize what type of individuals you have around you and allow them to use what caught your attention in the first place. Mohammed in high school was very flashy, but that was his game and he was effective using his crossovers, flashy passes, and open court jaw dropping moves. Then you bring him to NU and tell him to slow up, I don't think that is fair.
When you have players in the Big Ten they air in this league to learn how to be professional players.
Carmody's system trains players how to be college players. However if comparing to other players in this league they are already good college players, but coaches train their kids how to be pros.
But today EvanstonCat jumps to the defense of the Northwestern System
This offense does not mandate that you hold the ball for 30 seconds and pass around until the defense is ready to drop. The principles are plain and simple.
Move when you don't have the ball. Pass when you don't have a good shot. Shoot if you have an opening. By shoot, it also means if you have an open lane or any other opening that you can take advantage of. Basketball in its purest form and the way it was meant to be played.
The offense does not disallow running the ball. It does not disallow alley oops and dunks. It does not disallow taking your man off the dribble if he's out of position. Some of our most impressive games last year were when we destroyed our competition with transition baskets.
The idea that this offense is not NBA friendly is absolutely preposterous and anyone suggesting it has no idea what they are talking about. This offense is the same offense that some of the most prolific teams in the NBA use.
The Nets run this offense as do the Sacramento Kings. One could argue that the Triangle applies many of the same concepts. Its essentially a motion offense at its purest.
Point being is that with the right athletes, this offense can be very explosive, as we've shown on occasion already in the past, with Jitim. With Ivy caliber talent, you're going to pass around a bunch more because you don't have the athleticism that the Nets have and need much bigger openings to do something with the ball.
Finally, this offense is the consummate training for the NBA. No one in the NBA cares if you spend 4 years (or less) in college playing one one one and hogging the ball as many college players do.
They want you to learn how to pass. They want you to learn how to take good shots. They want you to move without the ball.
Anyone else have a comment, or idea?
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