Florida Scouting Report
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Hello DSB readers!
It has been a while since I’ve written, but I am still walking on cloud nine after the Gonzaga win and cannot seem to get basketball off of my mind, so I wanted to do an entry.
I thought you all might be interested to see what kind of things are put in our game plan/scouting report. Having been through these meetings for four years, I think this is pretty close to what will be written on the game board.
I have seen Florida play about six times and watched film last night, so this is what I think the report looks like on our locker room wall right now. Each player will also get printouts of the report to study at night, as well as diagrams of certain set plays.
Note: The scouting report is usually geared towards a man defense, but I think we will probably play 25 minutes or more of zone defense unless they get really hot from the perimeter.The tendencies of Florida ’s players apply to either defense, however, so that is why it is done that way.
Also, we always hope to be able to play man on teams and still consider it our base defense — that is the defense Coach Rose prefers. Without Davies, unfortunately, we have had to play a lot of zone to avoid foul trouble and to avoid teams wearing out Jimmer by chasing him off staggered screens, etc. which they were doing.
On the bright side, this is the best zone defense we have ever had, mainly because of one guy — Jackson Emery. He is absolutely incredible disrupting the passing lanes up top, and that is why Gonzaga was out of rhythm offensively. Jax was everywhere!
I played against him for a year and he is the most obnoxious defender I faced in my career. We used to hate playing against him in practice! He is the guy that goes 110% in walk through; we used to ask him if he thought it was a “sprint through”. It was funny, but that’s just how he is wired. Watch Emery fly around in the zone defense on Thursday, he is relentless.
Kyle and Charles have also been exceptional in the zone — grabbing rebounds, deflecting passes, and closing to shooters. I miss the solid man defense we played a few weeks ago with Davies, and hope to be able to play it without fouling on Thursday for at least 15 minutes. That will be a huge key to the game because they have good shooters. Anyway, on to the scouting report.
Florida Scouting Report:
Erving Walker (PG, 5’8″, 14.1 PPG, 39% 3-PFG, 191 3-pointers made) The engine and heart of the team. Makes big shots at the end of games, has the ball in his hand a lot. Extremely quick off the dribble. Will usually pull up to shoot going left and drive all the way to the hole going right. Turns the corner hard on pick and rolls like Daris Gary from UNM. Close out right to the shot and be ready for him to put it on the floor and attack. Big men, put your hands straight up and make him make tough floaters over you when he drives, he’s too good of a free throw shooter to bail out and put on the line and we aren’t deep enough to foul. He’s short, make him make difficult contested shots over us!
Kenny Boyton (SG, 6’2″, 14 PPG, 33% 3-PFG, 226 3-pointers made) Streaky shooter/scorer, not trigger shy…. had 27 points on us last year with about 5 3’s. With the ankle sprain he will be more likely to settle for the jump shot, but he has the ability to get to the rack. CLOSE OUT TO SHOT! Do not let him get going early and he will tend to disappear and float on offense. Concentrate on him early in the game, especially scrambling out of the monster(low post double team). In zone we need to know where he is at all times. He likes to float on the wing against zone defenses, waiting for Walker to drive and kick out. Get a hand up and contest contest contest!!!
Chandler Parsons (SF-6’10”, 11.4 PPG, 8 RPG, 4 APG, 40% 3-PFG) Great all around offensive player, SEC player of the year. Loves the midrange jumper. Often drives and dishes off to the post, so guards need to fill and sink when our post players help on the drive….Take a charge on him! They like to run a slip or UCLA screen to get him in the post about 7 feet out. Bump and hold hard on that screen. Abuo needs to stay out of foul trouble so he can guard this guy. He will usually pull up for the jumper going left and continue all the way to the basket going right looking for the pass or lay up. Close to shot!
Match-up: Charles Abuo
Alex Tyus (PF, 6’8″, 8.7 PPG. 6 RPG) Long, athletic big. Likes to run the floor and get right to the rim on the fast break. Not very strong so try and push him off the block in the post! If he catches it at 10 feet as opposed to 3-5 feet he is far less effective. Allow him to shoot shots outside of 12 feet until he makes a couple. His jumper is suspect. Likes to turn over his right shoulder with a left handed hook shot in the post. Monster (the other post comes to double team) him when he takes his first dribble in the post. He’s a decent passer out of the post. Close to shooters out of the monster with high hands!
Match-up: Kyle Collinsworth
Vernon Macklin (C, 6’10”, 11.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 58% PGF) Strong, athletic post. Like Tyus, can run the floor well so big men get back on D after crashing the offensive boards and Jimmer can stay in the hole when he’s running hard down the middle on the break with our post trailing. Big men have to get back so Jimmer can close to Boyton on the break and not have to stay under the basket!!!! They love shooting the 3 in transition and all the guards can shoot. Macklin loves turning over his left shoulder in the post for a right handed hook shot. Not a great passer, monster HARD when he catches the ball in the post. We should be able to force turnovers by doubling him. Push him off the block!
Match-up: Noah Hartsock
Erik Murphy (PF/C, 6’10” 4.5 PPG, 2 RPG) Pick and pop shooter, show on the ball screen and hustle back to him, he’s looking to pop and shoot it. Box him out when shots go up, he will crash.
Patric Young (PF/C 6’9”, 3.5 PPG, 4 RPG) Energy, energy, energy. Keep him off the boards!! Pump fake him on offense to draw the foul and back cut when he inevitably over plays the passing lane. Take advantage of his aggressiveness. He loves to get right to the rim on offense, make him make shots outside of 5 ft.
Scottie Wilbekin (G, 6’2”, 2.6 PPG, 31% 3-PFG) Don’t let him get going. Role player off the bench, not as aggressive as Walker and Boyton but a capable scorer/passer. Close to the shot and be ready to be attacked off the dribble.
Keys to winning the game:
1) Guard the 3 point line
2) Rebound, Rebound, Rebound!!! We need 5 guys rebounding
3) Transition defense, no easy buckets for them — they are going to try and outrun us and beat us at our game! Can’t happen
4) Get stops so we can run and score in transition.
5) Execute on offense and take high percentage shots, play like we play!! Nobody needs to try and do anything special on offense.
6) Enjoy the moment, play on attack!!
So that’s probably what the scouting report looks like, I hope you guys enjoyed reading. I’m pumped now, I wish I was playing!
Go get a win Cougs, bring that “A” game to New Orleans !! This season may already be our best ever, let’s go make it better. We should play loose and free, as I think we’ve surpassed most people’s expectations already. We will have to play extremely well to win, but it is a winnable game.
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