Re: 3 point shooting team question?


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Posted by h00pzdad on November 22, 2019 at 15:13:10:

In Reply to: Re: 3 point shooting team question? posted by Real Coach on November 22, 2019 at 13:30:36:

: : : My daughters HS team shoots between 35-40 three pointers per game. They do not seem to be very good at shooting three pointers as a team. They make about 24% from three point. Is this a good percentage for a girls team. If not, what would be a good percentage for girls high school? Just trying to educate myself a bit. Thanks in advance.

: : ::: No ... 24% is not a good percentage from 3 pt. range for a high school team. If the squad is not shooting between 30-40% in games from that range, they’re taking too many of them, and they’ve got too many players trying to shoot them. Not only are they sacrificing 2pt shots closer to the rim and possible free throws on drives to the hoop ... but they are also helping the opponent because missed long 3pt shots often lead to long rebounds and fast break layups for the other team. Most squads only have one or two players who shoot a decent percentage. In my opinion, the 3pt line should be removed from the HS game and youth ball. Unfortunately, many coaches now encourage this nonsense cuz their team is small or they think shooting a large volume will result in a few makes. But the kids develop terrible shooting mechanics trying to hit 3s ... and think they are Steph Curry even though they can’t make a layup consistently.

: BS if they're making 24% that's 9 or 10 threes a game which is 27-30 points. Play good defense and convert some 2's and free throws, rebound, get some steals and that enough to win every game.

You'll probably find that the number of outside shots a team takes is dictated in large part by the type of defense they are facing. If the defense is sitting in a tight zone the 3 point shot is usually open. Since many high schools sit in a zone, you could see a lot of 3s, although 35-40 sounds like a lot. Also, if your team is small they will probably rely more on outside shots than a larger team might. The modern game emphasizes stretching the floor and using 3 point shots to open up the middle by punishing defenses that are slow to rotate. In general you'll see more 3s than you used to see. 24% is not a terrible shooting percentage in high school although the coach would prefer to see it at 30% or higher. Good shooters will average 30-35%, and a 40% average is the mark of a truly excellent shooter.


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