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.