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Posted by Coach on April 20, 2018 at 16:04:17:

In Reply to: Re: EYBL posted by Swish on April 20, 2018 at 14:42:40:

: : : : : : : Watching EYBL this morning.

: : : : : : : Swish is bad. No two ways around it.
: : : : : : : Storm guard DeJesus is nice. They seem to lack a go to scorer. But better overall first impression than I thought for this year's squad.

: : : : : : : WCP about to start playing, as well as Stars.

: : : : : : : Many of these girls have horrible shooting form. It's hard to watch at times. And everyone presses than falls back into a crappy zone. It would be interesting to see if anyone actually has the ability and intelligence to play anything else.

: : : : : : So your upset others are playing zone which by your account is best defense against poor shooting. You say they can't shoot or have bad form. Why play where they can beat you off the dribble. Here is a thought instead of playing all these games maybe the players need to just work on their fundamentals and shoot and lift in the off season. If they had an off season.

: : : : : No one teaches defense in club for the most part, outside of various traps, presses, and general zones.

: : : : : As far as the last post, I'm not sure what that person is saying but I suppose from a simplistic standpoint, zone would be a option for "poor" shooting, but there is much more that goes into defense than those kinds of generalisations. I would play man always if I felt my team had the ability to do so, even against bad shooters. Better man to man box out responsibilities allowing quicker transition, and minimizing loss of rebounds from long bounces off of poor shots.

: : : : : California teams this year are not expected to be elite level on the circuit, outside of Cal Stars. We'll see if anyone proves this sentiment incorrect.

: : : :
: : : : WCP - lost
: : : : Sparks - lost
: : : : Swish - lost
: : : : Storm - won
: : : : Stars - won big

: : : : Another round later


: : Yikes...hard to watch girls that wouldn't make some the other teams 16u roster. I feel for Russ cause he is a good guy but he has to do better and get some better players.

: Russ is a good guy and a fantastic coach. And there are a couple nice pieces on that team. But there are no give-me-the-ball-you-can't-stop-me players.

: I think part of the reason is you just don't see him out recruiting for Swish during high school season (probably due to Vanguard duties to some extent). Every tourney our team played in the last couple years Brian and Elbert or someone from their teams were at. Plus, the other programs have a youth program to draw from as a base.

: But, going back to only having two teams - put the best talent on WCP and Swish and watch those teams compete. And get way better from April to July. Brian and Russ can flat out coach.

Giving Russ way too much credit.

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