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Your second statement is why it is so hard to 'learn' here

Bennett seems much more attuned to eliminating defensive mistakes than other coaches. I think this is part of his competitive advantage because most coaches underestimate the cost of defensive errors.

Your playing time can get very limited here if you commit 'dumb fouls' or fail to rotate properly. You 'know' the defense, but if you are executing at 90% that is not good enough. The system is not much harder than some other systems, but the standards make it very difficult.

I also think our defense is much harder for posts than for guards. They have to learn how to hedge and recover properly, as well as having to rotate to help when their fellow post is out on a hedging expedition. It is very tricky and I have yet to see a post do it well in their first or even second season.

It seems to be easiest to learn at the PG position (London and Ty), since you are often at the top of the key on the ball and your man is rarely doing a lot off the ball to be worried about so you have easier help responsibilities. Instead you are playing more straight man than everyone else who are having to constantly be in help position while keeping their heads on a swivel to track their off-ball assigned man. Guy seemed to have early problems losing his man on back-door cuts while ball-watching for example (WVU in particular).

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Posted: 04/20/2017 at 4:01PM


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