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Cal talks about fixing James Young’s shot


(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Last night, it was James Young’s turn to join the 25+ club, and both he and Calipari credited his big performance to working on his shot this week in practice. After the game, Cal said that while watching the Robert Morris game tape, he noticed Young was putting his shoulders back, which was throwing his shot off:

“Yeah, but he hadn’t been shooting it well. You know, again, he was leaning – the tape shows that he was leaning his shoulders back. You lean your shoulders back because your legs aren’t under you and you’re trying to get a little more oomph on your shot, and when you do that, you’re basically fading away. You’re not going to be an aggressive consistent shooter on fadeaway shots. He was doing the same thing on free throws. So we stopped him and he shortened his free throw. On the other thing he just — I said now that’s your shot that I’ve always seen you shoot. Now he concentrated on straight shoulders.”

The hard worked showed. Young had 26 points off 8-14 shooting, including 5-10 from behind the arc. One thing Young knows he still needs to work on? Letting go of bad shots:

I tend to put my head down a lot when I miss shots, so he has just been getting on me and saying let the shot go and just keep moving on. There will be more shots. I just listen to him and try to not put my head down and keep moving along with the game.”

Fail fast and move on, James.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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23 responses to “Cal talks about fixing James Young’s shot”

  1. RealCatsFan

    Wait a minute! I thought Cal just went out and recruited 5-star one-and-done players and then just rolled the ball out for them. This sounds way too much like coaching and player development.

    Birds-with-teeth-trolls in three, two, one…

  2. trey

    I would say that preventing his leg kick when he shoots can help as well. That just seems to throw it off a bit.

  3. RahRah

    Yo, ksr, inadvertently left the radio on after you went off (not even sure who it is) and they are tearing up, “the show that precedes this one” (ksr) for the “:foolishness of the last few days.” Believes it is all fear and jealousy. Worth a listen.

  4. B-man

    I never noticed this before watching the ESPN highlights from last night’s game against UTA, but it sort of appears that Randle specifically looks for Young when passing the ball…even if it means not passing it to other teammates that are open (specifically the Harrison twins). Not trying to create a stir, but if you go to ESPN and watch the highlights, you’ll notice a few plays where Randle does not pass to an open teammate, just to pass it to Young. It had me a little concerned, given the rumors over the summer that Randle and the Harrisons “reportedly” did not get along that well. Again, not trying to make a big stink, it just seemed odd. If you watch the highlights, you’ll see an instance where Randle looks directly at a wide open Harrison, then spins to pass the ball to Young. You can see Harrison clearly get frustrated that Randle didnt’ pass it to him. Anyone else notice that?

    1. Yep

      Yep, I noticed/said the exact same thing a couple games back…seems that last night it just appeared way more obvious, especially on the play you are referring to where Harrison5 was CLEARLY frustrated…but then again, he looks frustrated about 90% of the game, so who knows…

    2. Real Bill DaVille

      I would pass it to Young instead too. Young is a lottery pick level talent, the twins arent.

    3. This guy ^

      ^ surely you aren’t suggesting that he should overlook open teammates just to wait for a better one to get open…won’t disagree abt Young being lottery talent,, but your Bball IQ is suspect, sir…

    4. Jesus

      This guy, Randle had four guys on him so he had three open teammates. He surveyed the floor picked the better shooter and then that better shooter drained a three. He didn’t make the first pass, but he did make the best pass.

    5. AnthonyBBN

      ^^^ Aaaaahhhhh-meeeeen

  5. Real Bill DaVille

    I didnt get to watch last nights game so idk the play you all are talking about im just saying maybe Randle is looking for Young because he has faith in him to score since James is the second best option on offense. If you were given the choice between passing to a double teamed Lebron James or a wide open Brain Long who are you giving the ball too? Im not saying the gap between Young and the twins is that large but maybe in Randle’s mind its wide enough and its nothing personal.

  6. Blue_in_Cincy

    WOW, Randle really does make a deliberate decision NOT to pass to a wide open Harrison.

  7. RahRah

    Why do I feel like a few of these posts are the same guy just agreeing with himself?
    The Harrison Twins are going to be fine. Nothing to see here.

    1. RealCatsFan

      Yep, KSR should just go ahead and display email addresses and IP addresses so some of these trolls can be exposed. Either that or make you use a single user name that you have to register. Would clean up a lot of this crap.

    2. Al/in/Indy

      Yep, if it looks like a troll, smells like a troll, and eats sh!t like a troll….bet the house it’s a TROLL!

    3. Patrick_Wren

      Yes….I too smell Troll poop!

    4. B-man

      I’m not a “troll”, nor am I reposting to agree with myself. I’m just saying that, if you are triple-teamed and you have a top ten player in the recruiting class standing wide open directly in front of you, it would seem like you should pass the ball to him. I agree that Young is the better shooter (based on the limited time we’ve seen them thus far), but to suggest that anyone else on the team shouldn’t be given the ball with a wide open look at the basket simply doesn’t make sense. I don’t think it was something Randle was doing on purpose, it just caught my attention. For those who think I’m a troll, I’d bet money that when Cal sees it on film, he’ll tell Randle to not hold on to the ball so long (which led to many turnovers against MSU) and pass it to the guy that is wide open.

    5. Musehobo

      Yes, I find it hard to believe that so many UK fans went back and watched highlights, anxious for the chance to spot the first glimmer of evidence of a twins/Randle soap opera.

      Anyway, they will be fine. And to clear up any idiocy here, you don’t “wait to find the better player open” ever. Ever. You spot a guy wide open, you pass it to him. There might not be another guy and you don’t waste time searching. If you think that sounds like a good idea, I’m guessing you didn’t get much further past the 6th grade basketball team. The only time you make a decision like that is when you spot 2 open players at the same time, and usually your instincts kick in, passing it to the player in the best position.

  8. Al/in/Indy

    They need to do their homework, and make sure lil Kevin ain’t driving another ANOTHER booster’s car

  9. Blue_in_Cincy

    I am not a troll either. Matter of fact , after years of lurking here, this was the first time I ever made the mistake of posting a comment. I watched that vid clip about 20 times. When Randle receives the ball in the post area he is triple teamed, at that point he looking right at a wide open Harrison on his left who has his hands up in the air and is jumping up and down, He pump fakes turns slightly to his right and is now looking at the other wide open Harrison. Mind you, this whole time Young is BEHIND him. Likely he then heard Young asking for the ball and then pivoted to deliver the ball too him. What bothers me is that it WAS a deliberate decision not to go to not only one, but BOTH open Harrisons.

    1. B-man

      Blue in Cincy…what’s funny is, I didn’t even notice that he passed on the second Harrison until you pointed it out. Anyway, I do love Randle, but like you, that clip (URL below) had me a little concerned that the “supposed” tension between he and the Harrisons may not be all that bogus. I’m NOT saying it’s true, but I AM saying I could see where the Harrisons could get frustrated in situations like the one below.

      http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10003589

    2. UKy524

      @Blue_in_Cincy: I see your point, but I would do the same thing as well. Young had the hot hand that game. And if I’m the low post presence that’s drawing double, triple, and quadruple teams, I’m passing it to the open hot hand. Aaron Harrison was the hot hand against Robert Morris… Young was against UTA… For all we know Andrew or Alex will have the hot hand against Cleveland State. I think there’s nothing to it. If they didn’t like each other that much, I just couldn’t see them all committing to Kentucky. Randle would have probably went to Kansas.

  10. UKy524

    @Blue_in_Cincy: I see your point, but I would do the same thing as well. Young had the hot hand that game. And if I’m the low post presence that’s drawing double, triple, and quadruple teams, I’m passing it to the open hot hand. Aaron Harrison was the hot hand against Robert Morris… Young was against UTA… For all we know Andrew or Alex will have the hot hand against Cleveland State. I think there’s nothing to it. If they didn’t like each other that much, I just couldn’t see them all committing to Kentucky. Randle would have probably went to Kansas.

  11. Teachable Mo'

    Young turns his body when he elevates and points his left hip at the goal. He should go up straight. The first 3 of his shots were better form than the rest of the night.