Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

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Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by VicariousViking » November 21st, 2015, 5:10 pm

So far I've been able to watch the last 3 games, all losses against California State University at Fullerton, Long Beach State University, and today's loss against the NAIA Warner Pacific University. Kennedy has recruited a couple decent scorers in #45 Michaela Kay and #13 Bree Shepard. They are athletic girls who can play no doubt. Kay is a definite shooter and Shepard can get to the rim decently and shoot a little from outside as well. But in my greatest opinion (I'm curious to hear a solid argument against this), Kennedy has had enough time with Freshmen #5 Kian McNair and Junior #20 Ashley Torres Negron to realize that all 4 of these girls are not point guards. The former two girls can shoot and create for themselves to a degree, but the latter two girls struggle doing much of anything on offense let alone get the rest of the team involved...

My greatest concern is that Kennedy is playing these girls in the wrong positions.
Kay is not a point guard, she is a shooter and should be in the scoring position at the 2-guard or possibly the 3-guard.
Shepard is also a scorer, and along with Kay cannot handle the ball very well and doesn't look to pass unless she has no other option. She should never bring the ball up court, especially because she is so quick and can be so deadly at the wing in the half court but mostly in transition.
Kian McNair has brought the ball up for most of the time when Kay doesn't have it. And like the others, she cannot distribute the ball effectively and struggles handling the ball, especially in transition.
Ashley Torres Negron mainly gets the ball in the half court and she has consistently been able to get to the free throw line, without a doubt. But, she does so because she dribbles with her head down and tries to force and create her own shot when it is not there, instead of letting the game come to her. Again, a much more effective guard who plays better when she is open or in the catch and shoot position.

With such a young team, and with such little experience at the guard position, I only have one question...
Where is Montana Walters? A 2-time 1st Team All-State Point Guard from Oregon City High School and former starter as a Freshman at Santa Clara University. A Redshirt Sophomore, she brings college experience, a winning and competitive background, leadership, and the ability to spread the court, get everyone else involved and not to mention she has NBA range as a shooter... Instantly she would colossally improve the entire play of the Vikings if she was switched to point guard, with the ball in her hands, making the decisions up and down the court each possession. She has a natural ability to find open shooters and Kay and Shepard would contribute more points on the offensive end immediately as they would be relieved from the responsibility of trying to get everyone else involved, when instead they should be simply focusing on what they do best offensively, and that is putting the ball in the bucket. Additionally, our post play has been nearly non-existent thus far and I believe that is due to the fact that there is no point guards on the floor to look to the post for an entry pass. There are only shooters handling the ball and that is a significant issue. If you followed Oregon High School women's basketball at all in the last 5 years, you would know that Walters solves that problem as well.

But this is only possible if Walters plays sufficient enough minutes to display all these attributes and qualities that she can provide for a young, immature, and inexperienced Vikings team, struggling on the offensive end...
After tonight there have been 90 TO's and 41 Assists through the last 3 games... The point guard position is non-existent.
Its time to try something different

Quick look at how effective Walters is at the Point Guard position and how much help she could provide our girls

https://youtu.be/X-V_6CtORiY

What do you guys think?
I am curious to know..

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by freja » November 21st, 2015, 8:15 pm

Walters has D1 experience, don't get it. Haven't seen her play but something has to gel soon.

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by VicariousViking » December 3rd, 2015, 7:04 pm

Yep... 0-7 now. I'm telling you. This is how Kennedy's starting line up and majority minutes holders should look

Danah Haley - Post (5)
CiCi West - Forward (4)
Michaela Kay - Guard (3)
Bre Shepard - Guard (2)
Montana Walters - Guard (1)

Off the Bench:

Jurhar for Haley, Just for a breather
Carline for West, Just for a breather
James for Kay, minimally
Torres for Shepard, if Shepard is shooting poorly
Mcnair for Walters, but only for defensive purposes

***The reason for these starters. The two posts playing majority minutes right now, Jarhar and Carline are big but they are too slow and un-athletic for the up tempo offense Kennedy wants to run. Haley and West provide better speed and more rebounds as well as more put backs
Again, Walters may be slower than the other guards but her passing and court vision is tremendously better and scorers like Shepard, Kay and even (at times) McNair and Torres can benefit being in catch and shoot positions rather than trying to penetrate and force up their own shots

Coach has D1 experience and hes just wasting it on the bench.... What is he trying to prove??

0-7 now.... Time to try a different group out there!!

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by DavidKeys » December 3rd, 2015, 7:43 pm

Like I said, this is going to be a llloooonnnnngggggg season in WBB

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by freja » December 5th, 2015, 6:51 pm

:roll: yes indeed

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by CaseyOrourke » December 6th, 2015, 10:58 pm

Correct me if I am wrong....

I looked at the roster and it looks like there are only five players from last years' team, two are redshirt sophomores. the rest are either transfers, JUCO grads or freshmen. Murell left our program in shambles when she was fired.

It sounds like we have a very young, inexperienced squad that is still learning how play together. You can only do so much in practice and Kennedy may be trying to simulate game conditions as much as possible, but when you get onto the court against another team, inexperience shows, but each game is a learning experience and hopefully these young women will gain that experience and improve.

I say give Kennedy time to rebuild our program and we will get better.
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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by VicariousViking » December 8th, 2015, 8:34 pm

All i'm saying is Kennedy has a great Division 1 point guard in Montana Walters with Division 1 experience as a starter at Santa Clara in the WCC that is just being wasted on the bench...

If we are inexperienced and looking for some chemistry, why not try playing someone who has a winning past with success individually and experience at an even higher level than PSU.

Its obvious we are desperate for a point guard when we are 0-8 with 175 TO's and only 86 Assists...
Why hasn't he tried her out?
It makes no sense

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by CaseyOrourke » December 9th, 2015, 12:18 am

VicariousViking wrote:All i'm saying is Kennedy has a great Division 1 point guard in Montana Walters with Division 1 experience as a starter at Santa Clara in the WCC that is just being wasted on the bench...

If we are inexperienced and looking for some chemistry, why not try playing someone who has a winning past with success individually and experience at an even higher level than PSU.

Its obvious we are desperate for a point guard when we are 0-8 with 175 TO's and only 86 Assists...
Why hasn't he tried her out?
It makes no sense
Understood. I had thought a couple of players had to sit out a year because they transferred. Who knows why Kennedy is doing what he is doing. Time will tell if his methods are successful or we will be needing a new coach.
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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by freja » December 9th, 2015, 10:13 pm

I think there is potential, time will tell. Point guards who are savy and good decision makers are hard to find. I'm not sure we have that yet. Certainly haven't seen anyone with consistency

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Re: Why Kennedy MUST Make Changes in the Backcourt

Post by freja » December 10th, 2015, 10:33 am

Vicarious V.... It's bad form to bash players, there is a way to point out statistics without singling out players by name. BTW, a star hs player doesn't always translate to a starting D1 player. Why the transfer anyway? You seem quite invested in one player!

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