1/26 Hoops Practice Notebook

Hatts was at SMU hoops practice and put together a notebook including Q&As with Sterling Brown and Larry Brown.

Larry Brown Q&A


—Coach Brown on the possible void in lineup- “Well I don’t look at it as a void, it is what it is, we were probably deeper than anyone in the country or as deep in terms of kids that we had confidence in and then we’ve had to adjust.”

— Coach Brown on Sterling Brown- “Well he’s always somebody that’s selfless, he went from starting last year to not starting this year and never missed a beat, he continued to work hard and set a great example and now he is starting.”

— Coach Brown on dealing with adversity this year- “Well last year we struggled with that, but I don’t know we’ve won some road games, which we struggled with last year and that’s a huge step, we’ve dealt with injury before and we’re going to have to deal with it now.”

SMU G Sterling Brown Q&A

Turnovers/Sloppy Play

Today was a little bit of a sloppy practice passing the ball. Many guys seemed to be trying to do too much and turned the ball over especially over the middle and feeding the post. Guys also struggled driving baseline before they got in trouble and tried to force a pass over the middle. Even on some plays where there weren’t turnovers, coach Brown was frustrated with the execution and bobbled passes.

Working Against a Zone

After seeing teams play zone against them ever since they lost Keith Frazier, SMU was working a lot against the zone. Coach Brown was emphasizing that there is nothing wrong with his big men squaring up and taking jump shots from the perimeter. Brown noted as long as guys like Kennedy and Cunningham are set and facing the bucket he wants them to look for their shot.

Ben Moore

After looking tentative in a couple games this season, Moore was aggressive in practice throughout. The sophomore forward appears to be looking for his shot a lot more as well as being more physical down low. On one play late in practice, Moore got the ball down low and powered through Jean-Michael Mudiay before putting the layup away. Moore also played great defense on Markus Kennedy down low and got a couple of blocks.

Ben Emelogu

Today was again a struggle for Ben Emelogu both on the defensive and offensive end. Emelogu couldn’t get anything to fall on the offensive end and looked confused at times as to where he was supposed to be. Coach Brown was on him frequently in practice to get in the right spot. Emelogu did have a nice drive along the baseline that he put away for a layup that brought a big cheer from his teammates. Although he did have a rough practice, coach Brown was still encouraging Emelogu to shoot it when he was open, as well as, telling him not to cross people over but rather drive straight at the bucket. On the defensive end Emelogu also seemed to get caught a couple times on switches and gave up multiple buckets to Jordan Tolbert.

Practice Quick Hits

— The team spent the first hour of practice watching film before practicing in Moody.

— Jake Brudish, a transfer from University of Rochester, has been cleared to practice and did participate in today’s practice.

—Keith Frazier was not at practice today and Markus Kennedy was a late arrival because of class.

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