No doubt… our perimeter defense over recent years has stunk.
I’m not sure what our guards are being taught… but they need to guard space less and guard players more.
This is part of that “developmental program” I’m talking about. Teaching players how to hedge. They need an education in “close-out timing” and then apply the proper hedge spacing.
We guard a lot of useless space… space where nothing is happening.
Players need to realize where that space is and the importance of getting out of that space.
When you see defensive breakdowns, often caused by offenses with proper spacing and good ball movement, there are defenders standing in that useless space. Standing! So the defense isn’t 5 players at that moment guarding… usually 4 or 3 defenders. That’s called a “breakdown.”
Players need to move their feet more and quickly travel through the useless space to get where they can defend. Stop standing where they are actually not even counted as being a defender anymore.
This is the sort of situation that drives guys like me crazy. I’d love to see real defense at Kansas! The only way to get there is to season players with the right coaching to develop their skills as players and as a team.
I know I complain about this. Kansas and Bill Self offer one of the better coaching situations in college basketball today! We just need to be geared a bit more towards coaching versus recruiting. Then let the recruiting catch up as our reputation grows in development. I’m not hearing enough from players bragging about how much they learn at Kansas and we aren’t seeing it enough on the court.