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The question was on starting lineups, not about overall use of small ball.

Yes, there has been a clear and obvious increase in small ball lineups during Coach Bennett's tenure. It began to pick up steam a little bit with Brogdon and Anderson continued with Hall and Shayok (not as much), Hunter and Key, and then Hauser, Murphy, and McKoy. All of those players spent at least some time as a "stretch forward" or a "small ball 4" or whatever you want to call it. The starting lineup, however, rarely had those players in those spots, this past year being an exception. Pretty much every one else on the list began games on the perimeter first and then slid over in sub lineups.

On a related note, UVA has won a lot of games in that same time frame. Correlation does not imply causation, but smoke and fire appear together frequently.

As for McKoy, a combination of things including minutes fluctuating were likely involved in his decision to transfer. Murphy getting more minutes despite some Pack-Line defense deficiencies when McKoy was thought to be the "next Wilkins" maybe didn't sit well with him and the whole bide your time/pay your dues part tied in with Murphy/Hauser being transfers too maybe contributed. Wanting to play more perimeter oriented on offense maybe contributed. Feeling a tug of what might have been at North Carolina, which he liked growing up, maybe contributed.

[Post edited by Kris at 07/13/2021 4:18PM]

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Posted: 07/13/2021 at 4:17PM


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