Posted by trip on May 22, 2017 at 05:19:06:
In Reply to: Re: Inquiring posted by h00pzdad on May 18, 2017 at 18:37:08:
: : : : : : How important is it for a player to have a position identified? Player has been playing the point whole life. Now playing the 2, playing exceptionally well at the 2. Does it matter if player doesn't know if they are 1 or 2?
: : : : : Yes and no.
: : : : : Having the ability to play the 1 or the 2 is good to have.
: : : : : While I believe the 1/PG is the leader on the court and has a job to run the offense and get everyone involved, that opinion is becoming the exception in today's position-less offenses.
: : : : : In most cases now either guard is bringing the ball up and either is shooting from the wing. So it should be OK.
: : : : : Bigger problem is if player has to play a post position but can never do that at the college level (if that is their goal). At the least, the coach should have these players practice wing work but most HS coaches don't care about that.
: : : : In my opinion, since the really good teams press and have multiple presses I feel that it is important to have multiple ball handlers to deal with the pressure. If you have only one ball handler then you are in trouble. So I think it is important to try and make your guards a dual or triple threat with the ball. All guards should be able to shoot the 3, dribble penetrate to the hoop and pass the ball effectively. If a kid can do all three marginally then good. But guards that are one dimensional will not make it to the next level. The really good teams have multiple ball handlers and their guards can play the point and shoot the ball. Those kids are the ones college wants.
: : : :: Being "just a guard" is not going to translate at the next level, especially if the girl is < 5'8". If you're that height - then you'd better identify yourself as a POINT guard - and play that position; doing all of the things the previous poster identified. There's a lot of kids in "limbo" because they're playing positions that their size/height don't really justify. I think it's very important to identify the right position - unless you've got some decent size/height.
: : :So true specially to those that play the 3 and 4 positions yet stands at 5'8" or less. Limited ball handling and not quick so you can't play point, you might stack some weight and have strength so you can bang down low and look good at low level competitions. Parents are thinking they have a D1 star here, but soon as you play up at higher comp where you are going against frontcourt with 5'11" and taller then you are not looking good anymore.
: : Parents need to realize this early so they can make the training adjustments early on. Your coach might not be telling you this if the team is winning and don't want to make changes. Don't be a fool.
: Posts should learn how to dribble and shoot. Guards should learn some post moves and how to rebound. I've never seen a successful college program that has players who can only do one thing. It's important that your daughter know her position, but it's important that she can successfully play the position the program needs her to play.
Grades Matters... We forced my Daughter to play guard in high school because of her size. However, she has this thing to become a post player , shot blocker and re bounder when the game got tough. The College coaches recruited her for this ability they are good at what they see. She is a match up nightmare in college !!! She is an undersized D-1 player but feared !!! The ability to put the ball on the floor is a must in College!!! Mutiple skilled players are a must in College
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