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Observations from the Cornell game

  • (1) Against a zone we need a big who can catch the ball at the free throw line and can a jumper. Weis is the one guy who can do that somewhat (other than Len, whom we need on the low block). I am not a big Pankey fan, but definitely not against the zone. He is lethargic on offense -- no offensive rebounds and no shot attempts in 21 minutes. And he coralled only 2 defensive rebounds and was abused in one-on-one post play on defense; why does he consistently let a right handed guy go across the lane to his right? Take that away!

    (2) When Len is out of the game, and the other team is playing man to man, Padgett needs to be in the game. He is the only big who consistently looks for his shot; the offense stagnates when there are no post threats.

    (3) I agree with posters who say that Faust needs a red light on outside jumpers, but I think he still needs to play ahead of Parker. He taking care of the ball (I think only 1 TO over the last 3 games) and his defense and passing are0 better.

    (4) Other than Mosley, our wings are not crashing the boards at all against the zone. One offensive rebound from Faust, Parker, and Stoglin combined.

    (5) Turgeon has his point guard play really high against the zone, which limits turnovers on swing passes, but it seems like we are often pretty far from the basket, and not putting enough pressure on the defense. A PG who is a threat to split the guards at the top of the zone can open both wing penetration and wing jumpers. Howard was reticent tonight.

    Would love if we had a jump shooting 4 man (a Holden, Milbourne, Gregory, or even Garrison); real weak spot on the team right now.

  • amenchorus said... (original post)

    Would love if we had a jump shooting 4 man (a Holden, Milbourne, Gregory, or even Garrison); real weak spot on the team right now.

    I know this may sound funny, but I think teaming Alex and Berand might give you this. Berand has a decent stroke and can get open on the perimeter and make a 15 footer. He seems to like to play facing the basket and with Len there to clean up, it might work.

  • we suck at feeding the post and our big men need to post up harder

  • 1. Len needs to develop a post game. I know he's really raw, but he had a foot on his defender and didn't try to back him in once. I know it's not a big part of the Euro game, but you would have that with half a season of practice behind him, he'd have the confidence to try posting up a 6 foot ivy league defender. I guess that's why Spinelli was so excited when he pulled a post move leading to a dunk in his first game.

    2. PG controversy. This isn't going to be a popular opinion, but I felt like our offense was incredible for the 5 minute stretch when Stogs ran the offense with the first team. He had like 3 assists in a row in our half court set. I know he's too selfish right now, but if Turge can get him to buy into becoming a true point, which means his priority is first getting his teammates involved, his ceiling as at the point is 10x higher than Pe's and I think he showed that during that 5 minute stretch (this also speaks to amen's point #5).

    3. Our best team by far was the Len, Padge, Mosley, Stogs and Pe. Not to criticize Turge for his rotation because it's early in the season and he may just be seeing how guys respond, where chemistry is etc. but I see no reason why Pankey should have gotten 21 minutes with Padge only getting 16. Also, Fausts' 26 minutes seems a little high, I just don't think he's quite there yet.

    4. Faust. I'm cool with him shooting 3's when he's wide open. His wide open 3's actually weren't that bad tonight. There were two or three that just barely skimmed the front or back of the rim and anyone who played ball knows that as long as you're on line and only an inch off the front or back, you're taking good shots. My problem with him is twofold. One is he is just much more effective when he is driving. And two is he needs to stop taking off balance jumpers. I feel like he got into this habit early in the season when he dropped a couple fadeaways, but his already shakey shot is terrible when he's drifting to either side or fading away.

  • proterp said... (original post)

    I know this may sound funny, but I think teaming Alex and Berand might give you this. Berand has a decent stroke and can get open on the perimeter and make a 15 footer. He seems to like to play facing the basket and with Len there to clean up, it might work.

    He looked like he wanted no part of the ball whenever he touched it tonight. Didn't seem confident at all.

  • terps32 said... (original post)

    we suck at feeding the post and our big men need to post up harder

    This is really the most glaring issue. It's inconceivable to me how we could not get the ball to Len down low despite him having probably a full foot advantage over his defender when you factor in wingspan. We really miss Hawk for numerous reasons but last year at many times he seemed like the only player on our team capable of completing an entry pass. I know Stoglin and Howard are way shorter than Vasquez and Hayes who were both excellent at the entry pass but I can't understand how we could not utilize Len's absurd height advantge. It seemed like we never even tried to lob it up to him in a crowd. He has very good hands and I would have a lot of confidence in him snatching a lob.

    If I'm Turgeon - this is priority #1 at my next practice.

  • 1.) Our defense was excellent for the majority of the first half, but for whatever reason, was non-existent after that until like the final 2 minutes of the game

    2.) Stoglin has caught a lot of flack for his defense (which was better tonight when he wasn't on the bench in foul trouble), but Pankey is by far the weakest defender on the team.

    3.) The guards need to improve on their entry passes to the big men, and the big men need to improve their positioning for receiving entry passes

    4.) Faust needs to drive more, and stop shooting off-balanced shots

    5.) Len needs to keep the ball high when he gets the ball in the paint, and go straight up when attempting to score (instead of bringing the ball to his waist where guards can steal it)

    - I have no doubt that he will perfect this, and I already see more potential in him than I ever did in Jordan, but people saying that Len is better already need to chill. When Jordan caught the ball in the paint, that was pretty much a guaranteed two points. Len will get there though.

    Go terps!

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  • amenchorus said... (original post)

    (1) Against a zone we need a big who can catch the ball at the free throw line and can a jumper. Weis is the one guy who can do that somewhat (other than Len, whom we need on the low block). I am not a big Pankey fan, but definitely not against the zone. He is lethargic on offense -- no offensive rebounds and no shot attempts in 21 minutes. And he coralled only 2 defensive rebounds and was abused in one-on-one post play on defense; why does he consistently let a right handed guy go across the lane to his right? Take that away!

    (2) When Len is out of the game, and the other team is playing man to man, Padgett needs to be in the game. He is the only big who consistently looks for his shot; the offense stagnates when there are no post threats.

    (3) I agree with posters who say that Faust needs a red light on outside jumpers, but I think he still needs to play ahead of Parker. He taking care of the ball (I think only 1 TO over the last 3 games) and his defense and passing are0 better.

    (4) Other than Mosley, our wings are not crashing the boards at all against the zone. One offensive rebound from Faust, Parker, and Stoglin combined.

    (5) Turgeon has his point guard play really high against the zone, which limits turnovers on swing passes, but it seems like we are often pretty far from the basket, and not putting enough pressure on the defense. A PG who is a threat to split the guards at the top of the zone can open both wing penetration and wing jumpers. Howard was reticent tonight.

    Would love if we had a jump shooting 4 man (a Holden, Milbourne, Gregory, or even Garrison); real weak spot on the team right now.

    Pankey looks like the best player to address point #1. He certainly has a better jumper than Weijs or Padgett. For whatever reason, he hardly touched the ball last night. I'm not sure if he's lethargic. It might be they just don't run any stuff for him and/or the guards were jacking 3s.

  • Terp4Life1 said... (original post)

    1.) Our defense was excellent for the majority of the first half, but for whatever reason, was non-existent after that until like the final 2 minutes of the game

    2.) Stoglin has caught a lot of flack for his defense (which was better tonight when he wasn't on the bench in foul trouble), but Pankey is by far the weakest defender on the team.

    3.) The guards need to improve on their entry passes to the big men, and the big men need to improve their positioning for receiving entry passes

    4.) Faust needs to drive more, and stop shooting off-balanced shots

    5.) Len needs to keep the ball high when he gets the ball in the paint, and go straight up when attempting to score (instead of bringing the ball to his waist where guards can steal it)

    - I have no doubt that he will perfect this, and I already see more potential in him than I ever did in Jordan, but people saying that Len is better already need to chill. When Jordan caught the ball in the paint, that was pretty much a guaranteed two points. Len will get there though.

    Go terps!

    I agree with most of this. Len, Mosley and others kept going for the pump fake last night. For Len, he really shouldn't ever leave his feet unless it's transition defense. But that's one of those things that I'm sure the staff will take care of over time, similar to your point about keeping the ball high. I don't know what to make of Pankey. Sometimes he looks great on D, others not so much. That combined with his benching makes me wonder if he's just immature. I think the tools are there for him to be pretty good. Parker always seems to be on the verge of being out of control. That said, he's made some buckets the last few games. Faust just needs to play within himself a little more. I don't mind him taking the 3s when he's open even though his shot isn't pure. But damn he forces more than Stoglin lately.

  • 34wassmooth said... (original post)

    Pankey looks like the best player to address point #1. He certainly has a better jumper than Weijs or Padgett. For whatever reason, he hardly touched the ball last night. I'm not sure if he's lethargic. It might be they just don't run any stuff for him and/or the guards were jacking 3s.

    The only guy equipped to take that shot is Mosley. Pankey? Really??

  • Pankey, Padgett, and Stoglin are all sub-par defenders.

    Pe' doesn't look good. He's forcing too many passes. I have confidence he'll turn it around - unlike Len he hasn't had the benefit of practice time while he was out with a broken foot.

  • 34wassmooth said... (original post)

    I agree with most of this. Len, Mosley and others kept going for the pump fake last night. For Len, he really shouldn't ever leave his feet unless it's transition defense. But that's one of those things that I'm sure the staff will take care of over time, similar to your point about keeping the ball high. I don't know what to make of Pankey. Sometimes he looks great on D, others not so much. That combined with his benching makes me wonder if he's just immature. I think the tools are there for him to be pretty good. Parker always seems to be on the verge of being out of control. That said, he's made some buckets the last few games. Faust just needs to play within himself a little more. I don't mind him taking the 3s when he's open even though his shot isn't pure. But damn he forces more than Stoglin lately.

    Parker should not be on the floor. Gives you nothing either offensively or defensively. He certainly has not lived up to his ranking out of high school.