Big Deal: Pinkins Goes to Work on UF Frontcourt

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  1. gatorjjh

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    Big Deal: Pinkins Goes to Work on UF Frontcourt
    Chris Harry / UF Senior Writer

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dontay Bassett had been told countless times over the years about the importance of keeping his hands up and arms spread when maneuvering for position in the low post. This time, though, Florida's 6-foot-9 backup center was given an image to help with the concept. A football image, no less.
    "Be like a goal post," UF associate head coach Al Pinkins said. "Arms up. Get wide."

    The Gators were back at work Monday for the first practice of the Summer "A" session, which also coincided with Pinkins' first day on the court since being added to Coach Mike White's staff on May 11. Pinkins came by way of Texas Tech, and before that had three stops in the Southeastern Conference, where he groomed some very good big men.
    Does the name Ben Simmons ring a bell?

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    Big Deal: Pinkins Goes to Work on UF Frontcourt - Florida Gators
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    Thanks JJH! Appreciate you posting this.
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    sounds to be like MW got a potentially valuable contributor to the program in Pinkins
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    "His role on that front began last week when Pinkins (in between a slew of recruiting phone calls) watched video of every shot (misses and makes) each UF front court player attempted last season. What he took away from those viewings — and what Pinkins said the Texas Tech coaches showed their team and emphasized in the run-up to their third-round NCAA Tournament win over the Gators in March — was a hesitancy by UF's front court players to follow through at the end of a play, especially in traffic.

    Technique. Concentration. Aggressiveness. One hand, instead of two. Attacking soft. There were all kinds of reasons the ball didn't go in for the bigs in and around the paint last season."

    Hesitancy ... attacking soft ... Verrrrry interesting. Encouraging that Pinkins has a plan on where to improve our bigs. Now, can he meaningfully improve their games when he will have been working with them for only a few months when next season starts?
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    Perhaps I'm being overly dramatic here but I think Pinkins' contributions could truly be incredible for this team. Like, think about how many close games we were on the wrong side of last season, and then think about how many points our bigs left at the rim by not being able to finish. If we got 2 more layups a game this season because of improved post finishing skill, think about how much that could help us.
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    Not to mention rebounding (especially on the defensive end) which cost us a lot of games last year.
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    I think we're gonna like this guy.
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    By the way, in that photo it's clear that Chase Johnson has added some muscle.
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    Great article, thanks for posting. I really like the way Pinkins is approaching this and it looks like we should see results next season in an area that needs a lot of improving.
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    I keep my eye out for Chris's stories and tweets, he has lines he can't cross but he is certainly connected and an ace sports writer
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    Always thought it to be quite instrumental and instructive to get a hold of the opposition’s scouting report on your team. Now, we have that! He’s studied our strengths and weaknesses already! Really should pay dividends!
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    So, how come the other guy was hired first?
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    My guess? Recruiting....connections. Or perceived in-roads in Chicago....?
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    To follow up then, which one, and why important then, and not a few weeks later?
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    Important then and now,....however, I suspect there was a irreconcilable difference in recruiting methodology. That is, he couldn’t be as effective when constrained by UF’s high recruiting “morals.”
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    Wow, looks like Florida is really benefiting from a big man coach! Hmmmm, who would have thought it?
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    But look at those Scrawney Legs Planet.

    If Pinkins can merely reduce the failed Layups by 10-15%, that would be big.
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    Heck if he can just teach Hayes how to consistently catch a ball when it is passed to him down low we are going to be in a much better place. I don't like to bust on a player, but man everytime the ball went to him I expected him to lose it.
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    Reality is the coach has stronger looking legs than all three of the bigs in the photo. Time to go to work boys!
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    The name "Ben Simmons" rings a bell. I thought he was the player who regressed the most during his "college career-9 hour stint @ LSU). I can't believe anyone would use him as an example of good coaching.
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