Monday, March 31, 2014
Frank Kaminsky is the star of Wisconsin's Final Four team. It would be easy to look at him, and think he is good because he is 7'0". But he is a great story about the value of perseverance
Frank entered Lisle Benet closer to six foot than seven foot. He started out playing some point guard. According to Bo Ryan, Frank had trouble even getting on the court for his AAU team between his sophomore and junior year.
In this day of McDonald's All-Americans, ESPN Top 100 recruits, and Rivals,com evaluations. Frank did not show up on their lists after his junior year. He received offers from Bradley, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. He chose to sign with Wisconsin. (Note he was not offered by Illinois.)
Paul Konerko will not start for the White Sox on Monday. It will break a string of 15 straight opening day starts for Konerko, who is headed into his last season.
It seems pretty harsh-- but it is Konerko's idea.
"I just think it's the way it should be," Konerko said. "It's just not part of the blueprint of what we're going to do here. So, no emotion. Just what's right is right, and that's the way I see it. I mean, if there was a lefty throwing (Monday), I would probably play."
Thursday, March 27, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pat Gasser would pile up the pillows at one end of the room before dropping to his knees and acting as a human roadblock in front of them.
He knew he had to brace for contact when his 4-year-old son came running at him, football in hand, because the boy rarely tried to go around him. To get to that imaginary end zone line in front of the pillows, little Joshua Patrick Gasser was either going to attempt to dive over his father or, more likely, lower his head and try to ram through him.
“This might embarrass Josh, but he’d end up in tears sometimes because my husband wouldn’t just automatically let him win,” Joan Gasser said. “He’d just be slamming into Pat and grunting and groaning the whole way to get the necessary yards. It was a ridiculous game.
Monday, March 24, 2014
But what gets lost in all of it is that Fred Hoiberg, the Iowa State coach, also showed tremendous class. At center court before Williams arrived, the refs first told Fred what had happened. In other words, he knew his team had just won and was advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. But he also knew Roy Williams did not know this yet. So did Hoiberg start the celebration, nope. He stood with a deadpan look and waited to allow the refs to explain to Roy Williams what had happened. This was really, really classy. It was one coach in their moment of joy recognizing the need to show respect to the opposing coach. Well done Fred!!
This is from Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times....
Junior Kain Harris has confirmed that he’s transferring from Morgan Park to St. Rita. Harris plans to enroll at St. Rita sometime this week.
The move comes just two days after winning the Class 3A state championship with the Mustangs.
“He’s gone,” said Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin. “I don’t know why he’s doing that. His parents were probably upset that he wasn’t starting. I haven’t talked to either one of his parents.”
The 6-3 guard is considered one of the top ten players in the state’s junior class. Harris, the cousin of former Crane star and current NBA player Tony Allen, showed a great deal of potential this season. He had an impressive stretch of games in December where he put up some serious scoring numbers.
Harris will join Kentucky recruit Charles Matthews on St. Rita’s squad next season, which should be one of the area's best.
“It’s pretty wild,” said Irvin. “You win a state championship and then you leave. But that’s what they wanted to do."
According to a St. Rita spokesperson, Harris has not been accepted into the school for this semester or any future semester.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – Either you believe in Tyra Buss, or you don't.
Someone who averages 47 points a game? Who is a champion in tennis, track, baseball, and punt, pass and kick? Who ranks No. 1 in her class? Who attends Catholic church on Sunday and signs autographs for adoring little girls after each game?
Buss' own father, Tim, conceded it all strains credulity."Sometimes you look at it, 'Am I in this dream here?'" he said. "It's mind-boggling when you talk about the numbers and look at some of that stuff. It's just hard to imagine that that's your daughter."
Monday, March 17, 2014
Bob Knight always said the greatest motivator was the bench. And coaches often use the bench to get a point across to their players. When a player makes a mistake or error in a game, a coach can make a point by taking them out. Sometimes the player is brought over and is given a chance to "reflect" on their play. Other times, the coach may bring them out to give them quick instruction and send them back into the game.
From the Chicago Sun-Times...
High school basketball has been hijacked
High school basketball has been hijacked
BY DAN McGRATH For Sun-Times Media
Leo's Martez Hampton (5) drives toward the basket as Joliet Central's Jailen Jones (35) and Jaylen McGee (20) defend, December 26, 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
I’d hoped to begin this screed with a PEORIA dateline and would have if the Leo Lions had reached the Class 2A state finals, but the slightly older, bigger and better Hales team we ran into last week in the Robeson Sectional final put an end to our season.
Disappointing, sure, but the kids I work with at Leo shouldn’t hang their heads. Our win total improved by 13 over the previous season, and let’s not delude ourselves — winning games is what matters in high school basketball, right? Why would a coach play an entire season with more than half a roster of academically ineligible kids if there were any other objective? Why else would a school hire a coach who promises to deliver a ready-made state contender with girls from outside the district?
Integrity? Play by the rules? Are you nuts? Just win, baby.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
As a man to man coach, I was excited when he was hired at U of Wisconsin, and even more excited to go to a practice in his first fall in the early 1990's. I was shocked when he was not teaching his aggressive, denial man to man defense.
When an assistant was asked what was going on, he said that Bennett felt they did not have the athletes to do the aggressive man to man, and compete in the Big Ten. "We are just trying to keep the ball in front of us and make them shoot from outside.
That was combined with Bennett's "sureness" offensive drills where they worked 3 on 0, 5 on 0, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 with the entire emphasis to not make any pass that was not a sure pass. It was clear Bennett's philosophy was to simply not make mistakes. Today you see this same philosophy in his son and in Bo Ryan.
Here is a description from Sports Illustrated about the change in Dick Bennett's philosophy...
“I concluded some time ago that a major part of success of a team, or of an individual, has a great deal to do with the intangible qualities possessed. The real key is in how a person see himself (humility), how he feels about what he does (passion), how he works with others (unity), how he makes others better (servanthood), and how he deals with frustration and success, truly learning from each situations (thankfulness). I believe those concepts are the essence of a good player, team, coach, or individual in any capacity in life.” Coach Dick Bennett
Friday, March 14, 2014
Dribbling Ideas / Live Ball Moves / Penetration Ideasfrom Don Meyer
- Dribble vs. Drive. We want our players to drive, but we don’t want them to dribble for no particular reason.
- We always ask our ball-handlers: “If the ball had eyes, would it be able to see when you had it?”
- On all dribbling drills (and as a general rule of thumb): Start slow, get a rhythm, go fast enough to make a mistake.
- Versus pressure in the full court, we teach our players to attack the defense at a 45 degree angle–very hard to guard.
- A good player needs no more than 1 or 2 dribbles to get from the wing to the rim. In all our breakdown drills, we don’t allow our players to use more than 2 dribbles to get to the rim, unless they are using a hesitation move, back dribble, etc.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Shayli averaged 8.2 rpg and 9.7ppg, while Sabrina averaged 8.1 rpg and 11.7ppg. It will be exciting to have both of them back next year.