Shaka Smart Texas Longhorns Double Ball Screen Action vs. Iowa State By Erick Blasing

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Written by Erick Blasing

Erick and his wife reside in Baraboo, Wisconsin where he teaches social studies at Baraboo High School. In 2016, Erick will begin his first season as a Men’s Assistant for University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, a two year campus that competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. Men’s Basketball Assistant; August 2016-Present UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Baraboo, WI Assistant Coach Boy’s Basketball; May 2015-August 2016 Baraboo High School, Baraboo, WI Head Coach Varsity Boy’s Basketball; July 2011-May 2015 Sparta High School; Sparta, WI Tripled opportunities for K-3rd grade basketball players in 2013-2014 Led team to 4th & 7th most wins in program’s previous 20 seasons. Hired as one of the youngest head coaches in the state of Wisconsin. Varsity Assistant Girl’s Basketball; November 2009 – April 2011 La Crosse Central High School; La Crosse, WI 8th Grade Assistant Boy’s Basketball; November 2008 – December 2008 Riverside Middle School; Watertown, WI Head Coach 5th-12th Grade Boy’s Basketball; October 2006 – March 2008 Monroe County Christian School; Tomah, WI CAMP COACHING EXPERIENCE University of Wisconsin-Madison Tubby Smith Camps, University of Minnesota University of Iowa North Dakota State University Butler University University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Coach Z Hoop Camp by Don Zierdan Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Exposure Camp Snow Valley Iowa Basketball School

January 16, 2016

Shaka Smart Texas Longhorns Double Ball Screen Action vs. Iowa State By Erick Blasing

The Texas Longhorns are a team on the rise. While their 10-6 overall record and 2-2 Big 12 conference record may not show it, Texas is starting to buy in and follow first year head coach Shaka Smart. Coach Smart, however, makes it easy for players to buy in. His legendary enthusiasm and relationship building helps Coach Smart push his players further than they have probably ever been pushed.

On Tuesday night, 1/12/16, Texas defeated the 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones at home in a thrilling 94-91 OT victory. The Longhorns showed persistence and the ability to overcome adversity in the victory over a top 25 ranked opponent. We will soon find out if Texas is a team to reckoned with in the next few games. The Longhorns will host on Saturday (1/16/16) the Oklahoma State Cowboys, fresh off their near upset of Oklahoma. The Longhorns will then hit the road for West VIrginia, recent winners over then #1 ranked Kansas, this is followed by a road trip to Lawrence and the most recent #1 team in the Kansas Jayhawks.

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While I would love to be in the locker room for the Longhorns and see Coach Smart’s program first hand, I don’t envy their challenge ahead in the next couple of weeks. The Longhorns up to this point are currently averaging 74.8 ppg while only allowing 69.1. The team is currently also shooting 44% from the field while only allowing opponents to shoot 40%. In 3pt shots, the team is currently shooting 34.9% while allowing 33.9% from opponents. These number bode well for the Longhorns up through the halfway point in the season. Combine this with a slight rebounding advantage and a +2.3 turnover margin the Longhorns could be the team to make noise in the Big 12 down the stretch.

Versus Iowa State, I liked this double ball screen action ran out of a horns set. The action starts with the traditional horns set. The PG will go off either post. The initial screening post will roll to the rim while the trailing post will pop. The PG will drag the defense a couple dribbles towards the sideline if the roll is not available. The trailing post after popping will start to chase the PG. The PG executes a quick change of direction move and uses the 2nd ball screen. Our first post has moved to the opposite block allowing the new screener to also roll to the rim. It was a nice successful action for the Longhorns and so simple that it could be used at any level.

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Shaka Smart Texas Longhorns Double Ball Screen Action vs. Iowa State By Erick Blasing

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