Newman-Brown Hypothesis

  • Why is Self going hard for a pro type perimeter player in Newman he compares to BenMac in impact?

    Why does he say signing one along with a 5 would put his talent level at KU as high as it’s been in awhile?

    Short answer: he has scholies to give and a hole at 5. But that does not explain the quest for the BenMac grade backcourt gun–the recruiting over Brannen and Svi. Uneasy answers?

    Svi is not a pro type player next year.

    BG is not a pro type player next year, after hip cuts and 4-5 month recovery.

    And Frank and Devonte have their hands full at 1 and are not pro type players at 2.

    Self is looking for two impact pieces–one each at a wing and the 5–and he seems to be at a full count–3 and 2–bottom of the ninth–and swinging away.

    He is staring down a .500 season, if he strikes out.

    He is looking at a potential ring team if he gets the bat on the ball.

  • @jaybate-1.0 .500? Naaah. But yeah if he does strike out, things will be grim indeed.

  • @jaybate-1.0

    No way KU ends up .500. On the other hand, he might be thinking that without competent/capable bigs, might as well go small with a potent long range array of shooters ala ISU, it worked well for them, it might work for KU as well.

  • @JayHawkFanToo and @Lulufulu

    Well, I admire both of your skepticisms, but…

    Ah, I remember how at the beginning of last season many said last year’s team was going to go deep and challenge for a ring because of Oubre, Alexander and Svi, plus Wayne coming back? Four OADs and TADs coming back. They said how it was young, but one of Self’s most talented teams that couldn’t lose 8-10 games? Ah, I remember how I said even before the season starts that while the team might do well in the tournment, it was going to lose 8-10 games.

    2014-2015 record: 27-9.

    And that was with Self doing the greatest coaching job of his career–of literally finessing half if not more of the W’s with a crazy new offensive and defensive scheme–BAD BALL–that by the end of the season most non-stack teams were imitating. Even Self can’t do THAT two seasons in a row. He has created this monstrosity of BAD BALL and now he is going to have to figure out how to beat it himself. And Bill “Dr. Ballenstein” Self needs a big infusion of talent to stay ahead of what he, Eyegor Ryan up in Cheesetown, have done to the game. Same for Eyegore. He has to find a Kaminsky and Dekker replacement in a hurry, because he is going to have to defend against other teams copying him, too.

    No rest for the wicked! 🙂

    If Self does not sign anyone other than Bragg, this team is one injury to a starter, or a key backup, from a .500 team. And we have all learned that one injury would be a miracle of good health for a Kansas season.

  • @jaybate-1.0

    Didn’t you predict the same scenario at the beginning of last season? It worked out OK…trust thy Self.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Did you just say, “On the other hand, he might be thinking that without competent/capable bigs, might as well go small with a potent long range array of shooters ala ISU, it worked well for them, it might work for KU as well.”

    I don’t know what to say other than “bravo”, to quote @drgnslayr.

    @jaybate-1.0 We should not be an injury away from .500. Again I’d look at our talent. Our talent is high, thus matched to the right system, would maximize our potential. Maximizing our potential means that Lucas and Traylor don’t play a large role. But Mason, Selden, Greene, Graham, Svi, Eillis and Bragg do. That those latter seven guys are the entire focus of our offensive scheme.

    @JayHawkFanToo mentioned ISU’s scheme. There are three schemes I really enjoyed … Gonzaga, Oklahoma, and Michigan State. WSU was solid, as well.

    I will say that we could focus on those seven guys and still employ the high/low. Again, I prefer this approach. I think that a lot of variations could be run.

    We could start Bragg on the low box – the low post. But give him freedom to roam, which would allow flash reposting, which can create angles much easier than our stagnant attempts to post. The key is finding his favorite shooting spots, and set the rules to get him there when he is in. Ellis would be the high post in a classic pick and pop scheme.

    But here’s an important element – because Ellis could flex to the perimeter, and Bragg to the high post, we should exploit match up advantages as they arise, permitting perimeter guys to post up their defender. It’s something we never do.

    Another element which we fail to exploit is isolating for the pick and roll. I think in a high/low scheme, this is a terrific part of the attack; and even more of a necessity when you don’t have a true post feed option.

    There is just SO much we could do.

  • Following are lyrics to a sweet old song by Dusty Springfield that seems to apply to what Self has his coaches must be doing with Diallo, Newman, and Brown, and to board rats sanguine with this recruiting class if it consists of Bragg alone…

    Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying Planning and dreaming each night of his charms That won’t get you into his arms

    So if you’re looking to find love You can share, all you gotta do Is hold him and kiss him and love him And show him that you care

    Show him that you care just for him Do the things that he likes to do Wear your hair just for him 'cause you won’t get him Thinking and a praying, wishing and a hoping

    Just wishing and hoping and thinking and praying And planning and dreaming, his kisses will start That won’t get you into his heart So if you’re thinking how great true love is

    All you gotta do is hold him and kiss him And squeeze him and love him Just do it and after you do You will be his

    Show him that you care just for him Do the things that he likes to do Wear your hair just for him 'cause you won’t get him Thinking and a praying, wishing an a hoping

    Just wishing and hoping and thinking and praying Planning and dreaming, his kisses will start That won’t get you into his heart So if you’re thinking how great true love is

    All you gotta do is hold him and kiss him And squeeze him and love him Just do it and after you do You will be his, you will be his You will be his


  • @jaybate-1.0 So, are you saying we need to sell-out for the OADs?

    Dangerous territory we are venturing into now.

  • My theory is simple. If we land Ingram, he plays the 4 with Ellis or Bragg. However, If we miss on Brown and I believe Self misses big time on both Brown and Newman, then Ellis will play the 3, and Ingram the 4. Bragg will share the 5 with hopefully Diallo.

    Remember, Green is out for hip rehab. We will be hurting at the 3, unless Svi comes on strong.

  • @truehawk93 Ingram play the 3?

  • @jaybate-1.0 Love that song! Geez jb, you’re old!! 😝 Now I can’t sleep playing that in my head!!

  • Ingram’s a guard. I believe he played PG for his team this year. He translates into the league as a big 2 or SF.

  • Even if we don’t score another recruit, we should be capable of winning #12 next year. I didn’t say we would… but could. As long as Diallo doesn’t sign with the clones.

    Surely we’ll get someone. My fear is if we don’t sign any of these top tier guys then Self goes way down to the bottom to fill out his roster. We’ve got a few of those guys now and then later it becomes hard to recruit the guys we should be recruiting over those guys. The guys we need are the plethora of 4 to 5 star recruits that sit 20-50. We get in a bind and we keep signing guys around 90 or so. They may be rough gems, but we seem to have no one in our coaching staff who will polish them out. Many of the guys 20-50 can have their games lifted within a year or so.

    I hope we are planting plenty of seeds for 2016 now, because it doesn’t really appear this is going to get easier next year.

  • @drgnslayr

    As a fan, this Spring Recruiting dependency is like pulling your hair out. It will be a recruiting failure of epic proportion if we don’t get at least Diallo out of this deal. To think that we went the whole summer/fall/winter/ to spring and get only Bragg seems ridiculous. I couldn’t have pictured this in the fall that we’d be in late April praying for someone to join the fold. We have a possible championship team, how is that not appealing. We have a Center position open that will be filled by backups if Diallo doesn’t come here.

    You are correct on the fear of not getting anyone and then Self is scrambling, not getting the players he should have prioritized before.

    We have planted plenty of seeds for 2016 but I have read Self is going after kids with again strong ties to other top schools. I don’t see any point in recruiting, Giles, Jackson, Smith, Monk. They already are being full court pressed by other schools.

    If I was Self I would be locking down De’Aaron Fox, Terrance Ferguson, & Schnider Herard. Markelle Fultz is a kid that blew up and we offered and he’s going to visit. Yakwe played with Diallo and is extremely athletic SF/PF type. The scholarships will be available with 3 Senior’s…

  • @BeddieKU23 and @drgnslayr

    Historical determinism is sometimes comforting, if not always in conformity with shifting circumstances of the present.

    Since 2008, Self has always struck out on the Elite 5s. Embiid was not an elite 5. He was a project that developed sooner than expected. Distilled, history tells us unequivocally Self will not a get an elite 5 this season.

    History also tells us that Self also cannot sign elite 4s. He can sign 4-5 star fours that are 2-4 horizon players. But he cannot do it every season. His last signing was Perry Ellis. He has signed Bragg, who is a 5-star type. He once signed two in the Morri. So we can infer he has a slim chance with Diallo. But slim.

    History tells us that Self can almost always sign an elite 3 about 3 out of 4 years. Thus he has a very good shot at Brown.

    History tells us that signing elite 2s is a very infrequent occurrence. He has signed Chalmers and Selden and that’s it in 12 seasons. Thus, Newman is a long shot 2, especially with Selden already at the 2. If he came, we would expect Wayne to move to the 3, if Brown does not sign.

    History tells us to forget entirely about elite point guards unless a one flees an imposing program. But since the NCAA appears to no longer police the member schools in basketball, signing an elite 1 is a near impossibility.

    I am not a historical determinist, of course.

    But sometimes definiteness is a short term suave for short term apprehension. 🙂

  • As I mentioned above… we still stand a good shot at winning #12 even if we don’t sign anyone else. Even though I project we will get some good support minutes from Bragg… winning #12 would largely come from suddenly have a more-experienced team of guys that weren’t OADs.

    The point being… we should always make our priority getting those guys 20-50. And those guys mostly sign early. Sign those guys and if we pick off 1 or 2 top tier guys now and then, great… if we don’t… great!

    I’m not thrilled to see us in the position we are currently in even if we sign Diallo and perhaps one more top guy. We threw our entire program into a slot machine and total gamble. We shouldn’t have to do it this way at Kansas. Duke and UK are on another level, whether we want to believe it or not. And if we are willing to accept that, we can actually recruit better and lift our performance in the regular season and in March. But for some reason we keep thinking we are on their level of recruiting. We are forcing everything in hopes we are at their level. The one year where we really topped everyone was a couple of years ago when we scored Wigs and Jojo and others. That was shear luck when we crowned the year with the Wigs cherry on top. We had no clue on what he was going to do, and it seemed the difference was his brother playing down the road at WSU.

    It seems like this is an ego thing now… and I’m not sure why. It is almost laughable that we can’t sign a big.

  • Self has realized that his offense stagnates too easily against the better defenses in the country, or when opposing coaches have time to prepare.

    Self needs creative scorers that can score outside of the playbook. That was the difference with his better teams - Mario could go outside the playbook because of his handling ability and great shooting range. Tyshawn could because of his speed. Sherron could because of his quickness and range. Those guys opened things up for KU because they were effective even if the defense tightened up because they didn’t have to be in the offense to score.

    That’s where Newman and Brown come in. They both can handle the basketball and score, so they give us the level of creativity that we need offensively against some of the better offensive teams in the country.

  • @justanotherfan You said, “Self has realized that his offense stagnates too easily against the better defenses in the country, or when opposing coaches have time to prepare.”

    I am curious – what exactly has occurred on the floor in the past two seasons that gives you any indication, belief, or hope that coach Self has any appreciation for this fact?

  • @justanotherfan You said: “Self realized his offense stagnates against better defenses or when opponents have time to prepare”. Question is, why would these offensive schemes and plays stagnate? (the answer is a multifactorial one)

  • @ralster

    Good defenses can stop any scheme. That’s what’s different about basketball versus football. In basketball, you can run a sophisticated offense all you want, but I can have a defense shut it down if you don’t have good enough players. But give me a great player - a Durant, Bryant, James, Jordan, Wilt, Bird, Magic, etc. - and I don’t care what kind of defense you play, I can score.

    From a schematic perspective you can put guys into great spots, but all the positioning in the world doesn’t put the ball in the basket. It all comes down to shotmaking, and if you have shotmakers and playmakers, you will score points in almost any offensive scheme.

    The San Antonio Spurs have a tremendous offensive scheme, to be sure, but they also have Future HOFs in Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, as well as one of the 15-20 best young players in the league in Kawhi Leonard. Schemes look a lot better with that type of talent. The Showtime Lakers had great schemes, but if you just hand the ball to Magic Johnson and have Worthy filling one lane on the break with Michael Cooper filling the other and Kareem trailing, again, you will score the ball pretty well regardless of what you’re actually running.

    This has been the problem KU has confronted. Good defenses can clog their schemes and KU’s guys are left standing around wondering “now what?” Well, now you get into a new play, or you take advantage of a MUA, or you go one four, or you run a high screen roll for a ball handler. The thing is, you have to have a creative option when things are clogged up by good defenses.


    I think Self has seen that because he knows we were better than Stanford, he knows we shouldn’t have lost to KSU either of the last two years. He lost to less talented teams because they were able to clog up our regular schemes. So now he’s looking for guys that can’t be bogged down because they can create their own, and I think he is wanting to let those guys do their thing.

    He dipped his toe in the water this year with it, but it was too late in the year to fully embrace that approach. He has the University Games and the entire offseason to work on this now, and if he gets Brown or Newman (or both) he has the right personnel to do it.

  • @ralster Why would the offensive schemes and plays stagnate?

    I would first say that I don’t think our plays stagnate. Our set plays are by and large effective.

    But on our offense, it’s because it is not dynamic. It is easy to guard. There is never an inversion of roles. It’s easy for defenses to know where offensive players will be. It relies on execution first and foremost, which of course most offenses do. But its execution does nothing to confuse the defense. In other words, we try to do what we do and do it so well that we’ll beat you. The roles in the offense are very regimented. The stagnation occurs because there is little freedom to deviate from the rules of the offense. Rules aren’t bad, of course, they are a necessity. But there are too few options within the rules.

    Best way I can say it.

    One example I have used is we rarely use the high post to screen the wing, away from the ball. This creates 1) the opportunity for an open three pointer, and 2) a re-screen to set up a pick and roll on the wing. This seems like a very easy concept to incorporate and use all the time.

    @justanotherfan I am hopeful that your optimism is well placed!

  • @HighEliteMajor

    I agree that many of our sets are too vanilla. I don’t think we need complex sets, though. Instead, I think we just need freedom within our existing sets.

    For example, certain guys should have a continuous green light to freelance. The threat of a drive from the wing always exists just because certain guys always have that green light. Adding just that element of the unknown means that now defenses must gear not just to the play (playing the play, as we used to say in high school), but also playing the man because he may break away from the play.

    When I was in high school, in scrimmages when I was on the JV we would often frustrate the varsity by freelancing out of our regular sets. The varsity had more talent (obviously), but because everybody in the building knew the sets, it was easy to bog them down, even for the less skilled JV. And obviously, when the JV had the ball, the varsity could easily clamp down on the sets because they knew what we were running and had more talent.

    But we used that knowledge to our advantage. We would get into our regular sets, then go opposite of where the action was supposed to go. If we were supposed to run a pick and roll, I would sometimes just reject the screen and drive the opposite way. With the defense expecting me to go to the screen, the guy defending the screen was up to high trying to hedge and the guy guarding me would be slipping under the screen to pop out on the other side. Many times we would get an easy basket for me on the drive, or for the screener on the roll because the defenders would be out of position.

    We would backdoor instead of popping out for passes on the perimeter. We would dribble to the wing instead of starting the offense with a pass. We would backscreen the post instead of doing a cross screen. We would sometimes post our perimeter players and let our post guys feed them, just to confuse the defense if they were waiting on a perimeter guy to pop to the wing.

    All of that stuff just to create uncertainty on the defense because they knew the plays, but had no idea what we would do.

    As you said, we have to create that uncertainty, where guys feel free to break away from the regular set.

    For example, we need to have guys occasionally spin back to the sideline when we run our dribble weave instead of always trying to drive middle. The defenses have discovered that they can just funnel everything middle and we will drive right into trouble. However, if we spin back to the sideline and get a quick screen from the post man, we have a quick hitting side pick and roll out of a set that many teams are trying to force into the middle of the floor.

    Or out of our standard high screen, maybe start screening with a shooter rather than a big. You can’t go under a screen if Brannen Greene is the screener because Greene may separate and punish you with a triple.

    Back screen with littles for bigs. Post up Selden and let Perry feed him. Screen and roll with Perry as the ball handler and Selden as the screener.

    All just little wrinkles to confuse the defense so they can’t just sit back and assume they know where the action is going.

  • @justanotherfan

    I’m all in on your comment about guys freelancing out of a set. The key to running good offense is still about having guys with a high basketball IQ and can play aggressive. If you have that then you can run about anything and score. Defenses will continue to adjust and you find a way around their adjustments.

  • @justanotherfan

    Coach Self system takes more than one year to master and he has indicated he had to “dumb down” the system so the younger players could be at least partially effective. The '08 and '12 team with experienced player could execute all the variation of the hi-lo and the the '08 team had the talent and won the title, the '12 team did not have nearly the talent and still made it to the finals. If Coach Self will continue to rely on inexperienced players he will have to come up with hybrid version of his system that makes the inexperienced players effective and still takes advantage of all the variation of the hi-lo; having said that, the upcoming team should have a fair amount of experience.

  • @JayHawkFanToo I think he had lower than ever!!! bb IQ kids this year!

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    How is the BBQ IQ? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • @JayHawkFanToo really good in my town!!! Better than kc!

  • @HawksWin

    That is me. That is me: old as the hills and twice as dusty!

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Better than KC??? We might have to put that statement to a tasting test…

  • Hard to beat Oklahoma Joe’s at the original location.

  • @dylans

    You mean the one in Mission or the one in Olathe? Is ts called Joe’s Kansas City BBQ now.

  • In Mission near the state line. It’s the classy joint in the back half of a c+. Man that was good bbq! You’d see all the local pro-athletes, tv, radio guys in there. It was fantastic in the '90s and still is, I just don’t get it but once in a great while now. 😞

  • @dylans

    Lots of celebrities at the Olathe location and I believe they have now one in Leawood across Town Center that probably gets most of the celebrities. Billy “Country Breakfast” Butler was frequent sight at the Olathe location.

  • @JayHawkFanToo I’ve had the Olathe locations ribs a couple of times, but I’ve never been in. Back before they had branched out the line was insane. It would always be at least the length of the building and usually started 20 people outside of the door. They shoved people through amazingly fast! Delicious. I wish I could buy bbq that good here. I’ve got to make it myself and I’m not that good…yet.

  • @JayHawkFanToo be a fun taste test!

  • @dylans

    Depending on the day and time, lines can be crazy long. Most of the time I just order and take it home; I am only 3 miles from their location.

  • @JayHawkFanToo I am a mere 6.5 hours from any of the locations! mmm bbq

  • @dylans

    At least dozen great BBQ places within 10 miles (many very close) from home.

  • @JayHawkFanToo I’m taking him to the best, come on down w/us!

  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Where and which is the best? I am not sure they are better than the ones in KC which rer routinely in the top-10, top-20 lists of BBQ joints in the country.

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    It’s not about a system’s complexity or simplicity. It’s about a system’s unpredictability.

    You can run a very complex system, but if you give me enough time, I can figure out all of the wrinkles and I can still stop your complex system because it’s not that unpredictable.

    On the other hand, you can run a simple system, but a system that allows a lot of freedom and freelancing, and no matter how much I know about your basic stuff, I can’t predict what you’re doing because your players may go outside the basic tenets of the set at any moment.

    The Hi-Lo is a complex system. It has lots of options. It’s a very viable offense. But it’s not like there aren’t coaches all across the country that know and understand the Hi-Lo and haven’t schemed up ways to stop it. The key then is to add some variations, or allow some variation that otherwise you don’t normally have.

    For example, Perry is a very skilled player. We should take advantage of that by allowing Perry to freelance on the perimeter more. Put Perry on the perimeter while you send one of our smaller guys inside and run the Hi-Lo with Perry high and Selden low. Make the defense do things they haven’t necessarily practiced.

    Run a basic pin down every now and then (something we almost never do. Screen for the high post with a shooter, then run a pick and roll with the shooter and the ball handler. It’s all about options and about creating defensive confusion.

    If Self is running a system that is so complex that players cannot learn it within a season, his system is too complex for college. At every school, your rotation turns over basically every season because even without OAD’s, you have players graduating, players coming in, transfers, etc. You will have 2-3 new guys almost every year no matter where you are. If your system is so complicated that you can’t get contributions from those guys, you’re doing it wrong. This isn’t the NBA, where you have the chance to keep your core together for 2-4 years at a time. This is college. No player will be in your system for more than 5 years.

    Look at a school like Wichita State. They don’t have OADs. Here are the WSU rotations for the last five years (averaging double figure minutes playing in at least half the games, or over 20 minutes in less than half):

    14-15: Baker, Van Vleet, Cotton, Carter, Morris, Wessel, Brown, Kelly

    13-14: Early, Baker, Van Vleet, Cotton, Carter, Lufile, Wiggins, Coleby, Wessel

    12-13: Early, Hall, Armstead, Baker, Williams, Cotton, Wiggins, Van Vleet, White, Orukpe

    11-12: Ragland, Stutz, Murry, Smith, Kyles, Hall, Williams

    10-11: Durley, Murry, Kyles, Stutz, Ragland, Smith, Blair, Hatch, Ellis, Williams

    Every year except one, WSU introduced at least 3 new guys into the rotation. And this is without any OAD’s! And with Cotton and Carter graduating this year, they will probably introduce a couple new faces to the rotation again next year. If the system is too complex to learn in a year, you will constantly be wasting years because guys need to be able to come in and contributeon some level as freshmen/ first year players.

  • @justanotherfan Your post is excellent and very insightful. The unpredictability you cite makes it very difficult to game plan to stop the offense. It’s no different than football. If you run the same stuff, out the same formations, good defensive coordinators will stop it (unless the athletes are far superior).

    The reason Self’s system is supposedly so complex is his demands within the system. Which goes to your point on flexibility.

    I had mentioned yesterday, as well, a couple easy additions to our system. You mentioned options. Have we ever seen our wing screen for the high post with the low post clearing out to the opposite wing? Imagine that … Ellis accepts the screen from Selden, Selden clears wide and rolls. Ellis attacks. The low post has cleared wide to the roll/Selden side. Selden provides an option for the pass. Meanwhile, Greene lurks on Ellis’ side, at the three point line (corner). If Greene’s man helps, pop to Greene for three. Of course, if the lane is open, Ellis goes to the hoop.

    A great example of teams scheming to stop our offense – When we ran our 4 out/1 in weave against Oklahoma, it caught them off guard. We had the advantage. By the time we reached the Big 12 tourney, coach Hoiberg was ready, and shut it down in the second half. All ISU did was pinch the wings, kind of create a mess in the middle, and shut the lanes down. We had nothing. WSU just plagiarized ISU – it’s what good coaches do.

    Self needs an offensive coordinator.

  • I believe @justanotherfan and @HighEliteMajor are on the right path.

    @JayHawkFanToo - You are right in your post about Self saying he had to dumb it down and it takes players more than a year to get his offense. That is all we need to know why we need to change our offense. If guys have to go out there and think a lot while on offense, they aren’t going to be moving at the right speed to execute. Play (on both sides of the ball) has to move quickly without much thought. Guys need to know what to do and execute.

    Basketball is a game about feel, not too much of a head game. Yes, players need high basketball IQ… and that will help them play smart and responsive because they aren’t freezing to think about something… they are reactive and proactive.

    It shouldn’t be rocket science for these guys. When a player gets on a spot on the court, he should be able to know how he can score… depending on what the defense gives. And that player has to know where to look for other guys on his team to make an assist.

    From March play, I really got off on ND’s offense. Those guys were programmed to never give up on a possession. When a guy is open, the other guys aren’t standing there watching him… they are either cutting in for a rebound, or making a move to get even a better shot because they know the guy with the ball will be looking to pass for a better scoring option even though his is good… right up until the split second he shoots (or passes instead).

  • Some great points being made on our offense and what can be done to improve/create unpredictability within the sets.

    One thing I wanted to mention about the H/L that has grinded my gears for years was the overhead lob pass from the high post, or a from wing side throwing to an angle into the post when a defender fronts. Especially last year when we didn’t have the personnel to throw in to, that pass was as good as a turnover. It’s great if you can successfully throw it in and get the easy basket but we saw how ineffective all our bigs were at sealing, catching, and finishing those type plays. And we still tried to throw it in no matter who was in there. I think in the Wichita game it was good for 3-4 turnovers alone because of the way Wichita packed the lane.

  • @justanotherfan

    Unpredictability is just another item to be compensated for strategically. It is not a be all end all. It is not even that hard to counter.

    All unpredictability is still something that has to occur somewhere and at some time. It is just a larger variance of what, where and when.

    You just restring your defense to include the larger variation, or alternatively, you attack preemptively so the unpredictability can not come into play; this is the rationale behind preventative war doctrine. If you attack first, their unpredictability function plummets to zero.

    And when you take away their predictability, then that opens up a box of worms for yourself that they then counter.

    Nothing is a be all end all in strategy.

    Whenever someone says it is not about this, it is about that, you’ve got them.

    Because it is always not about this, or that, or even both, it is about everything.

    And in motion.

  • @justanotherfan

    Good points but you have to remember that Coach Self developed his offense at at time when upper class men played and the younger players learned the system and if you look at his best teams, they were junior and senior based teams with a other complimentary players.

    With OAD and TAD players taking the bulk of play time, the Coach Self has slowly changed/simplified his system, I guess you can call it dumbing it down for lack of a better name, so it is not as effective as it once was but allows better production form the younger, less experience players. The current team should come in with a lot more experience and I can see Coach Self staying with the system that has proven to be highly effective longer, now that he has the talent and experience. No question that some kids such as Collison, Hinrich, Reed, Morningstar come in with much higher basketball IQ and can contribute earlier, others come in with lower a BBall IQ and eventually catch up and some will never quite reach a high level BBall IQ and will have to rely on other tools to be productive. BTW, I don’t believe BBall IQ is related to how smart you are but how your brain is wired.

  • @BeddieKU23 The Morri where golden with that entry pass from the top of the key to the block. So was Kaun, Aurthor. Our bigs are small so they can’t pass over the D as easily. I also don’t think our bigs were good passers. Traylor gets too amped, Lucas has no touch, Mickelson gets no minutes, Cliff was lost. Perry doesn’t throw the pass to the blocks often, mainly because the other posts don’t know how to hold position (Lucas may figure that out).

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    Your last comment put it all in perspective. Self’s offense was built for juniors and seniors. So what the heck is he doing recruiting OADs? Why do we recruit OADs and run offense that takes guys 3 to 4 years to really get it?

    We either need to adjust our offense to fit in with today’s game of OADs and TADs or stay old school and recruit old school.

    The contradiction is killing us.

    So we avoid most of the 3-star, 4-star and lower 5-star guys to recruit the elite OADs, and we spend 20-odd million dollars for luxury apartments… but we stay with Adidas and we teach old school offense that takes 3 years to interpret.

    Will someone please ask Self about this publicly at the next opportunity?

    We can’t have a cutting-edge perception (OADs) but be stuck in an old school world. It is like part of Self is modern, but his bones are committed to old school.

  • @dylans

    Agreed, Lucas just wasn’t strong enough in the lower body to get the pass and go up with it strong for a dunk. He really labored with that and I’m sure Hudy will be working all summer with him on that.

    Ellis is just too small unless he can effectively seal his man. I think he’d be better with another athletic big to off-set his lack of height.

    The other issue with throwing that pass is having good passers. That was another area of concern. Mari is a good lob passer but his touch throwing into the bigs wasn’t that great. Ellis is the best post passer we have but we need him to score.

  • @drgnslayr


    He has adjusted his method, maybe not as much as some would like but he is still winning, so it is hard to argue that he is not doing things right…right?

    We really don’t know much of what goes on behind close doors and after reading @ralster’s accounts of his experience with him, I will not second guess what he does.

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