Post by blackandgold on Mar 24, 2013 20:24:31 GMT -5
I can't watch FGCU without thinking this is Kampe's vision for Oakland. He has commented before he loves when the team is running up and down the floor, scoring like that, giving players freedom to create. That is some beautiful stuff when it's clicking. Obviously I'm sure the FGCU faithful probably also had to put up with a few games with a ton of turnovers and mistakes, but man if it isn't fun to watch right now.
Post by blackandgold on Mar 24, 2013 22:45:39 GMT -5
Loved this answer from Coach Enfield about his philosophy, as I see a lot of similarities in their philosophy with Coach Kampe's:
Q. Can you explain how it is that you give your kids such latitude to create and such freedom yet still get such an efficient performance? I think they shot 54 percent or 55. It's not sloppy at all. COACH ENFIELD: Well, we had 21 assists, 13 turnovers. Brett Comer had 14 assists, three turnovers. And we had 13 steals. We led our league in steals for the second straight year. When our coaching staff were hired in 2011, this is our second year, we signed four freshmen and a transfer from Iowa State, which is Eric McKnight or starting center. We had some holdovers, Sherwood Brown, Eddie Murray and Chase Fieler, and we knew that we had to increase our talent level but also develop what we had in the program and the freshmen we were bringing in. So what you're seeing now is a product of two years of player development and learning how to run a system. My style is not a‑‑ I don't like to slow the ball down. I like to let our guys play. I think it's extremely difficult to guard an offense when players have freedom and they can play within a system. Last year it was chaotic at times because Brett Comer led our league in assists. He was second in the nation in assists among all freshmen last year but I think he was first in turnovers. He averaged four and a half turnovers a game last year. Bernard Thompson, he had to play backup point guard because we had no other point guard on our team. This year we have Dajuan Graf who gives us valuable minutes off the bench. So this is a product of our players spending a lot of time with our coaching staff and by themselves of improving their ball handling, their shooting, their decision making, the passing, their floaters, their Eurosteps, their finishes in the lane with both hands. Sherwood Brown does things now he could not even come close to doing a year, year and a half ago. Chase Fieler made second team all league this year. He was a bad player two years ago, and I say that because the first time we worked him out, he was in the trash can 20 minutes into the workout trying to vomit. He said he couldn't get anything out. But the amount of improvement that those players have made, Eddie Murray scored 11 points his entire year as a sophomore. Last night he had nine points and plays 31 minutes when Eric McKnight is in foul trouble. So this is just a culmination of their efforts and our focus on what we thought needed to be done to get to this point.
That bolded/underlined part is the key. They have that freedom but it is within the system. How many times has Kampe said that? It does seem like their style of play is predicated on having a great point guard, as Coach Enfield noted it took a lot of turnovers from Brett Comer last year to get to where he is this year. They're pretty good defensively too it seems -- they've got some bigs who can block shots/alter shots -- but the core of their philosophy seems to be offensive-focused.
The big difference though just on first glance, maybe not on the stat sheet, is they can play way better defense then we can. Getting stops and creating turnovers helps them run that fast, high flying offense that is fun to watch. If we played better defense our offense would most likely improve