Steve Prohm Murray State Offense
To avid college basketball followers Iowa State’s hire of Steve Prohm came as no surprise. In 4 seasons as the Head Coach of Murray State Steve Prohm had a combined record 104-29 and led the Racers to 4 Ohio Valley Regular Season Conference Championships. Aside from the basics, we delve into the type of style Coach Prohms’ teams play and what fans of Iowa State can expect from Fred Hoiberg’s replacement.
The first thing you need to know about the Steve Prohm Murray State Offense is that they can score with the best of them. Murray State was 9th in the country in points-per-game averaging 79 and 10th in offensive efficiency scoring at a rate of 116.2 points-per-hundred possessions. These gaudy numbers were a product of stellar shooting from the field. The Racers shot 48% from the field, good for 15th in the country and 39% from 3 point territory, good for 30th in the nation.
This years version of the Steve Prohm Murray State Racers held the second longest winning streak at the nation at 25 games before being stunned in the Conference Championship game by Belmont. They were led by sophomore point guard Cameron Payne. The smooth lefty averaged 20 points per game, 6 assists per game and shot 38% from 3 point range. To truly indicate the point guards worth you can look no further than Murray State’s offensive efficiency with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock.
According to Synergy Sports, with >4 seconds on the shot clock Murray State was the best team in the country scoring at a rate of 1.27 PPP. They scored almost 56% of the time in these situations.
Fred Hoiberg was lauded for his NBA ready offense that was predicated on pushing the tempo, floor spacing and high percentage shots. If Steve Prohm’s 4 years at Murray State is any indication, it appears Iowa State won’t miss a beat with their new coach.
Coach John Zall just completed his first season as an Assistant Coach at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. This past season Franklin Pierce University won 20 games and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Zall arrived at Franklin Pierce after spending the past 3 seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Head JV Coach at O’Bryant High school in Roxbury, MA. During his tenure at O’Bryant the program improved from 4 wins to 12 wins and qualified for the MIAA State Tournament twice.
Coach Zall also has experience as an AAU Head Coach for the Boston Warriors. As Head Coach for the Warriors his team won the 2011 16U State Title and twice competed in AAU Nationals down in Orlando, FL. On top of being a student at Northeastern University, Zall was named Head Coach of the Men’s Club Basketball team for the 2012-13 season. During his lone season as Head Coach, Northeastern finished second in the Northeast Regional Tournament featuring colleges from throughout the East Coast. Coach Zall has also spent time as a Head Coach in the Bay State Games where his team won the Bronze Medal in 2012 and at various camps including: Five Star, Boston Celtics, NIKE, Franklin Pierce University, Hoop Group and The Elite 75.
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