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I missed the game but my ad nauseum criticism of Hopkins has been lack of ball movement and undisciplined basketball…but the box score says 17 assists and 6 turnovers…dang…that’s an awfully good team assist to turnover ratio…dare I get my hopes up???
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If you look at the recruiting rankings though, and even just the athleticism on the floor, it’s hard for me not to believe with a good coach they could make some noise against a lot of teams. I sure don’t feel any of the teams they’ve lost to so far were more talented. One example would be, how many 3’s attempted last night were kick-out 3’s? Correct me if I’m wrong (Max), but don’t kick-out 3’s have a higher % made? So many 3’s (and this has been the case all season, even when they are going in) are taken out of rhythm or with someone’s hand in their face. I’m willing to bet if they had a good coach who could create enough offensive flow/ball movement where more thee-point attempts were taken in rhythm that right there would result in more wins. Your point is fair…I just also believe a good coach could take this talent far enough to at least be a bubble team.
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I agree woof – this year most likely can’t be salvaged – I don’t know enough about recruiting and all of that to venture a guess though if it is better to fire now or wait until season’s end. My point was Hopkins essentially admitted in the off-season that he knew what was wrong and had fixed it, and it is as broken as before so whether it is now or at season’s end it would be foolish to give him any more time. Personally I had hesitantly bought in…I like Hopkins…I didn’t mind the hire at the time and I’ve also not minded his commitment to the zone…I liked that he wanted to establish a culture that started with defense (Texas Tech). But it is obvious he either doesn’t get you can’t rely solely on defense or he has no clue how to teach an offense that creates open shots (his constant reliance on his players going one-on-one drives me crazy…it feels like it works when they are successfully creating and making those shots, but it is, and has proven to be, unsustainable and unreliable), and his teams consistently play undisciplined basketball. My guess is he invests so much time into the defense he doesn’t allow any time for player development, disciplined basketball basics and quite obviously any semblance of an offense. I’m not going to delete this paragraph but as I conclude I probably should because it’s rather pointless…I’m obviously and admittedly just ranting…I’m just disappointed…disappointed first for the young men on that team…but disappointed that the Hopkins experiment didn’t work out, I really wanted it to…and disappointed that once again Husky b-ball will be in a re-build mode and best case scenario we’re several years away from being in the NCAA tourney, much less even the N.I.T.
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Thank you Max
For this line, "The team was awful last year and despite switching out nearly all the pieces to try to get a team capable of playing Hop’s defensive system they are once again awful. At this point we are all just playing out the string until Jen Cohen puts an end to the Hopkins era and the program tries to rebuild under new leadership."
I’ve felt like you’ve bit your tongue and have gone the extra mile to not denigrate Hopkins…which is honorable…but that paragraph says it all. As someone indicated above, I feel bad for the young men on this team. Several returned home to be a part of something special, and I think the talent is there that if they had someone who could coach they could have done something special. They are the ones who are most getting cheated and I feel terrible for them. The evidence is overwhelming – Hopkins is a likable guy, someone I would have loved to cheer on as the Husky coach…but he can not coach and tried to fixing the wrong things this past off-season. The verdict is in. Huskies have to move on.