Befuddled


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Posted by ScooterDevil on January 04, 19 at 10:09:13:

In looking at Bobby Hurley's coaching trajectory I am utterly confused as to how I am watching this unfold in front of me. Hurley's teams play with no discipline on either end of the floor. How is this possible when you consider he played for his father and Coach K? Not to mention he was an assistant to his brother who has moved up the coaching ladder quickly. His success at Buffalo can easily be attributed to his name allowing him to easily outrecruit every coach in the MAC for those second tier players. So his teams were probably far more talented. Which seems to be the case as Buffalo has continued their success after he has left.

But in watching ASU play for three plus seasons now I just don't see any intelligent basketball strategy being used on either end of the floor. On defense we defend with vigor 50 feet from the basket (which aside from the occasional turnover is pretty meaningless and unsustainable), yet are easily broken down off the dribble leaving wide-open spot up 3's. We keep losing games this way and yet we keep doing it. On the other end we seldom penetrate and look for open 3-point shooters. And in reality we don't seem to spot up for them anyway. When one of our guys is forcing his way to the hoop the others seem to be watching him do it. We have guys take terrible shots with no recourse. Cherry may be really good, but Hurley needs to sit him based on shot selection. And Remy as our leader takes some really ill-advised shots. This is about a coach that allows too much freedom. Freedom and creativity that results in a few more turnovers is way better than freedom and creativity that results in one-on-one drives and bad shots.

I am so disappointed because honestly I have seen nothing from Hurley in 3+ years that would allow me to be optimistic that he will turn this around. All of the players look confused on offense like there is no plan. We look like an AAU team, not a college basketball team.


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