Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

UCLA males’s basketball coach Mick Cronin spoke to the media forward of Tuesday morning’s apply on the Mo Ostin Basketball Middle. Cronin talked about getting ready for a rematch with crosstown rival USC, what massive man Vincent Iwuchukwu brings to the desk, Amari Bailey’s availability, the Trojans’ protection, how you can pace up opposing offenses, particular person participant improvement and the that means of the McDonald’s All-American Sport.

Focus and message for USC rematch?

Nicely it is our first first repeat this yr. So everytime you’re enjoying repeats, clearly each groups are going to dissect the tape. What labored, what did not work, what changes, what their sport plan was. They’re ours. So, , we’re all doing that. Finally, although, these sort of video games come right down to efficiency. They will be able to play. That they had an ideal win Saturday. It did not shock me they struggled at Arizona, did not seem like themselves. However as you guys know, I’ve nice respect for coach Enfield. Andy does an ideal job. They righted the ship rapidly, they appeared nice Saturday night time. However in a sport like, each groups are going to be prepared. It simply comes right down to efficiency. So we’re each going to make quite a lot of changes, I am positive.

A lot success with their protection within the second half – they’re gonna attempt to repeat that?

Positive, however they’re a distinct crew now with Vince. They will now rotate Josh Morgan prematurely. We recruited him, so he is an amazing child. So I am simply blissful for him. They will rotate these guys and quite a lot of what they had been doing was to attempt to defend Josh Morgan’s foul hassle and fatigue. However now with Vince wholesome, they could be a little extra aggressive with these two guys. So they are a bit completely different crew, however a greater crew now.

What does Vince add?

Once more, like I simply mentioned, now you do not have to guard Josh Morgan and attempt to hold him out of foul hassle the entire sport. You’ll be able to play them each and be aggressive defensively. And he provides them dimension. And a rim-runner finisher for the entire sport. In order that they’re only a higher crew.


Yeah, he is shut. You understand, the ramp up stuff. So practiced, you then partially apply, , so it is a new wave stuff. Coach Palmer and I had been saying in our period, , he coached at Compton Centennial, I coached at Cincinnati Woodward. We had one roll of tape for the entire crew. And no drugs. It is so excessive tech now, I simply keep out of it. The coach one play off, this play on. I can not sustain with it. Once they inform me he appears to be like good, I might agree. So after they inform me he can play he’ll play. It is all so excessive tech now, an excessive amount of for me.

Full go in apply right this moment?

No matter Tyler says. Tyler’s the person with that stuff.

Adem towards Vince?

It is fascinating as a result of final sport they had been capable of put Harry Hornery on him. With Adem, it is all the time , attempting to be aggressive with staying out of foul hassle on protection. On offense, we obtained to throw the ball to him. When he is open deep within the paint, we obtained to do a greater job of passing. Offensive struggles for me are all associated to lack of execution. Whenever you’re purported to display, you bought to display. As a passer, you bought to make the correct move on the proper time. If not, you find yourself simply dribbling in circles and attempting to get one on one play to bail you out. That is an space the place we… and I inform you guys this on a regular basis, it will get more durable to attain because the season goes on. Scouting experiences, groups get higher, coaches batten down the hatches. So if you happen to do not execute… 5 on 5, if you happen to do not execute, you are gonna wrestle so. And as a giant man you are relying upon passing so much to get you the ball on the proper time in the correct place. In order that’s a giant a part of the Adem’s offense is on his teammates as effectively.

USC guarding the paint?

Yearly although.

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What do they do effectively?

I say each time we play them, each time we play them. They defend the paint. All people’s obtained methods they play. Like Washington State defends the three level line. Groups which are excessive ball stress groups which are on the market tight on you, they’ll defend the three level line. USC all the time defends the paint. At all times, that is simply what they do they usually’re good. That is each time we come right here on this press convention, I’ve instructed you that for 4 years. And so they do an ideal job of it. It isn’t simply due to dimension both, it is schematic.

Higher taking pictures?

Passing. I all the time say this to you guys. Passing is the important thing to good offense. Throw in some good screening as effectively. Passing is the important thing. Whenever you miss individuals … timing is all the pieces. You move on time, he is open, move late, he isn’t. Otherwise you fully miss him. Otherwise you throw a nasty move. It is arduous to attain in 5 on 5 there are not any secrets and techniques, particularly after we play one another. There are not any secrets and techniques. That is why I say there are not any secrets and techniques in video games like this. It comes right down to efficiency. For example, Drew Peterson, the final time, each time the final time they beat us, final yr over there proper? I imply appeared like Larry Chicken. I could be pissed off and also you return and watch the tape, it is simply unbelievable. Video games like this, efficiency, sure guys play very well. Coaches, we lament about sure issues. After which you need to have a look at actuality. You understand, after they performed Arizona State, Boogie Ellis made a bunch of threes, performed very well. Drew Peterson performed very well. Arizona State could not make a shot.

Defensively, you’ve got had quite a lot of success with press, however quite a lot of that’s predicated on made baskets

Can’t rating, can’t press.

The rest you are able to do to hurry up a crew while you aren’t making pictures?

I imply, ball stress, exercise, completely. You understand, now we have a saying—the man on the ball’s obtained to get one thing performed and generally what you’re getting performed if you happen to’re a useless fish on the ball is, you’re doing an ideal job of letting them run their offense and discover the open man. So protection is about effort, it’s about effort. You higher get one thing performed on the ball and guard two individuals off the ball, that means you’re serving to the man on the ball and also you’re not giving up a shot off the ball. It takes super effort, super effort. You understand, good effort isn’t ok, and so while you’re speaking about creating some transition, it takes nice effort. You’ve obtained to be disruptive and being disruptive goes to take quite a lot of effort and vitality and 5 guys engaged; that approach you may get some palms on balls, pressure some powerful pictures and get out on the break, which that can clear up offensive points rapidly.

Ideas on gamers who’ve particular person trainers? Roll your eyes at what it’s now in comparison with what it was once?

Nicely, I feel it is good to be within the health club. To begin with, with all younger individuals, like my daughter’s in theater—I’d quite have her in theater than in her bed room watching her laptop, so it’s good to be within the health club. The query is, what do you do in there?

So in terms of what they’re doing in there…

It’s powerful as a result of I’m not in there. Now, Darren reveals me some humorous issues. I speak to all our guys about this and I’m an enormous consider on this, at this level now I’m skilled—I’m not going to name myself maintain, however I’m skilled. My hair will inform you the reality. Exterior of facilities, most guys’ profession will finish due to their incapability to make open pictures. That’s only a reality. Exterior of a man that’s profession could be prolonged as a result of he’s such a great defensive participant; most guys’ profession will finish due to their incapability to make open pictures as a result of they will pay any individual else who could make a better share than you. So, to me, my recommendation, all the time, we’ve obtained to turn out to be a greater shooter. All that different stuff that I feel you’re referring to—one-handed passes off the wall and all that, you’ve obtained to have the ability to shoot the ball at a excessive share since you’re enjoying a sport that’s being performed all around the world now. Our sport is the toughest sport to make it in—by far. The smallest crew, baseball’s twice as a lot, soccer’s 4 instances as many, so the most important sports activities—hockey, I’d must ask Eric Johnson, I don’t know what number of however I do know they’ve obtained quite a lot of dudes over there; none of our guys are powerful sufficient for that anyway, however the level being it’s the toughest sport to make it in as a result of it’s performed world wide and it’s the smallest crew, so that you higher have the ability to shoot the ball.

Care about McDonald’s All-American Sport?

You understand, once more, a very long time in the past, I obtained to spend time with the good Kobe Bryant and by the way in which did you see [inaudible, reference to Air movie] was introduced yesterday? I’ll present it to you, the Hollywood Reporter, Matt Damon performs Sonny [Vaccaro], Ben Affleck performs Phil Knight, I’m excited to be at that premier. However anyway, Sonny was the originator of the Dapper Dan, earlier than the McDonald’s sport, so it’s nice for the youngsters, publicity, good for them, allow them to have some enjoyable, however I feel the fallacy is you’re chosen to that or any individual ranks you excessive that you just’re going to make it. I might inform you that guys—I may give you examples of two guys who performed a very long time within the NBA that I recruited, the most effective factor that occurred to them [was] they didn’t play in these video games, Jason Maxiel, Francisco Garcia as a result of what occurs generally is you go, ‘I’m the person, I’m going to make it’ versus the man that is available in that doesn’t have all that hype and is available in with the correct angle, so it’s arduous on younger youngsters when all people round them tells some child in ninth grade that you just’re the best child ever. I imply, you’ll consider it too if you happen to’re 14 years outdated, it’s powerful on these youngsters. So I really feel for these youngsters as a result of what occurs is you set the highlight on them, the burden of the world on them. I get it, it’s a part of it.

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