In case you missed it, Kevin Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for January 7-13. Kevin received that honor for the second time this season. While, here on BN, we have started the conversation on how we should start talking about Love not just during FOY discussions but also Pac-10 POY discussion, a noted national expert like Ken Pomeroy has upped the stakes even higher. Following last Saturday’s game Pomeroy injected Love into the national POY discussion (emphasis added):
Another guy who is working on getting better is Josh Shipp. And after Miller’s appearance at Pauley this past weekend there was some talk about Shipp getting some pointers from Miller on launching those long bombs. Well, apparently it can’t happen because of NCAA rules:
"He's the best ever at how to read a screen and watch the guy guarding him," he said.
Shipp was into it.
"I think I do a pretty good job, but Reggie Miller is the best 3-point shooter there is," he said.
One problem: So much as a phone call between Shipp and Miller would be in violation of one of those arcane NCAA rules with seven digits and five decimal points.
To be exact, "an institution may use or arrange for a temporary consultant to provide in-service training for the coaching staff, but no interaction with student-athletes is permitted unless the individual is counted against the applicable coaching limits."
"A lot of younger players think when you take a step back you try to create separation from the defender. A lot of times, you want to use a defender to really screen themselves or, sometimes, you want to draw the contact in so you can create separation," Miller said.
"Sometimes, it was like (Shipp) was trying to get away from the defender. But sometimes it's good to have the defender closer to you because, A, you know where he's at and, B, if your screen is coming down on the left or right side, if your defender is close to you it's going to be easier for you to create separation. Now, obviously, once you create that separation, you've got to have a quick release once you come off that screen. That would be the next thing. As soon as you come off the screen, it's getting that shot off quickly.
"College is fast, but the pro game is the fastest. Guys recover. As quickly as you're going to create separation, is as quick as they're going to be able to recover at the next level. You have to be able to get your shot off fairly quickly.
Lastly, a really stupid column from Paul Oberjuerge in the Daily News about our next game. Paul wastes a column calling this game a "rivalry" game and offers up BS like this once again pushing the narrative of "gap closing":
USC might be closing the Success Gap, its new arena and recruiting coups perhaps evening the playing field.
In fact, this decade has been the most evenly contested in the 223-game, 80-year history of the rivalry. UCLA has won nine games; USC has won seven.