Sampson talks Gordon, Stemler and Southern Illinois

sampsonclose.jpgKelvin Sampson addressed the media Thursday afternoon and here are a few highlights of what he had to say, courtesy of IU Media Relations:

On Eric Gordon’s play in comparison to other freshmen he has coached:
“I’ve never had a freshman as good as Eric. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a senior as good as he is either. He is just a prolific scorer. Eric has got to get a lot better in a lot of other areas. His scoring right now is what he is known for, but transition defense, help defense, being more vocal, communicating more. There is not one area of the game defensively that he can’t get better in. Those are the areas we’re going to continually develop and push our team in along with Eric. I want him to communicate in transition. Like the other night in transition defense, if two guys are guarding one in transition it is usually a communication problem, and those things can be corrected.”

On Lance Stemler’s performance against Georgia Tech:
“I loved his body language, his confidence. Nobody has worked harder at shooting than Lance. There was a time last year when his shot wasn’t falling, and I thought it affected his play. Now, when his shot is not falling, I don’t think it affects his play. I think he plays hard-nosed and tough and scrappy, and that is good to see. The other night he played like a senior. I’m proud of D.J. (White) and Lance. You could tell that with Mike (White) the other night. Freshmen can’t sit out like he did and come in and play like that. That is where we’ve been behind the 8-ball a little bit with our experience. Mike played the other night like a senior. I thought Lance and D.J. did as well. They played like veterans.”

On what they are going to work on in practice:
“We’ve got to get ready for Southern Illinois. We broke down the Georgia Tech tape yesterday, made our notes and we’ll go over our film. I thought offensively against Georgia Tech we were really good. We did what we try to do. A big part of our team’s success is our ability to get to the rim with the dribble. That is what this team does well. We try to get to the free-throw line 25 times. If a team packs in a zone, I doubt we will. We’ll just shoot more threes. We are not shooting as many threes because we are driving it. We had 38 free throws the other night. Two free throws is the same as an assist. If EJ (Gordon) is driving the ball and they’re not helping off of Armon (Bassett) and everyone is staying at home, I don’t want him to pass. I want him to get to the rim and get fouled. The same with Jamarcus (Ellis). I thought Jamarcus the other night really attacked the rim aggressively. If somebody runs at them and takes away their penetration, they’ll pass it, and if that guy makes the shot, that will be an assist. A lot of people because of the way Armon has been shooting, they’re not helping off of him. They are staying at home on Armon. When Jamarcus drives it they are staying at home on Armon and they’re staying at home on EJ, so when he drives it he has to go in strong. He can’t drive to pass he has to drive to score. Our ability to get to free-throw line the other night was important. That was the way I felt we could beat Georgia Tech. I didn’t feel like they’d guard us as well off the dribble as they guarded screens.”

On Southern Illinois’ offensive game:
“They’re bigger this year. Last year they played the three guards and they played the (Matt) Shaw kid, who I love. I just love that kids toughness and mentality. They’re playing him more at the three. They’re bigger. Their most valuable player without a doubt is (Bryan) Mullins. You look at their team. Mullins is a three-year starter. Falker is a veteran starter. (Tony) Boyle played a lot last year. You know they are all juniors and seniors. They’ve got some freshmen that come off of the bench. Boyle is a junior, Shaw is a senior, Falker is a senior, Mullins is a junior. They’ve got a great system. You watch their game against Mississippi State, they just wore them down with their toughness. The game against Southern Cal was their third game in three days. I wouldn’t worry about that score too much. I doubt they are. That is just a November game. Those things happen in November.”

You can read a complete transcript of the press conference here.

  • 11DFIFE11

    It could be a long season…”I thought offensively against Georgia Tech we were really good. We did what we try to do.”

  • 11DFIFE11

    It could be a long season…”I thought offensively against Georgia Tech we were really good. We did what we try to do.”

  • Ronnie

    That quote really surprised me too. Against better teams, that one-on-one stuff isn’t going to work. I want to see us play as a TEAM!

  • Ronnie

    That quote really surprised me too. Against better teams, that one-on-one stuff isn’t going to work. I want to see us play as a TEAM!

  • kelin

    Is this KS press conference or Mike Davis…..”we did what we try to do….” and coach what is it you were trying to do?

    I think KS needs to do a live chat on this website I have some questions for him…

  • kelin

    Is this KS press conference or Mike Davis…..”we did what we try to do….” and coach what is it you were trying to do?

    I think KS needs to do a live chat on this website I have some questions for him…

  • David

    Indiana is taking what the opposition is giving them. No one complains when they were nailing three pointers early on in games and destroying teams.

    Now, the fact that they are missing one of their top scorers in Jordan Crawford, people are upset because they’re taking what GTech gave them and driving the lane and getting to the free throw line? I don’t get it. Jamarcus had to be a scorer and his game is to take it to the rim in those instances and I think he did a good job of that. Same with Eric Gordon – he continually drove at the teeth of the GTech defense time and time again.

    You take what the opposition gives you.

    And who here wasn’t expecting offensive challenges with a really young team early in the season? Two of the top three scorers are freshman and Bassett is a Soph. Plus AJ is out of action and his leadership could only help the young backcourt.

  • David

    Indiana is taking what the opposition is giving them. No one complains when they were nailing three pointers early on in games and destroying teams.

    Now, the fact that they are missing one of their top scorers in Jordan Crawford, people are upset because they’re taking what GTech gave them and driving the lane and getting to the free throw line? I don’t get it. Jamarcus had to be a scorer and his game is to take it to the rim in those instances and I think he did a good job of that. Same with Eric Gordon – he continually drove at the teeth of the GTech defense time and time again.

    You take what the opposition gives you.

    And who here wasn’t expecting offensive challenges with a really young team early in the season? Two of the top three scorers are freshman and Bassett is a Soph. Plus AJ is out of action and his leadership could only help the young backcourt.

  • Maybe I’ll Post Again, Maybe N

    We know CKS is accountable to internet bloggers, so by all means he should make himself available to answer all of our questions and justify his coaching (lol).

    But I can answer your primary question: What were we trying to do? We were spreading the floor to isolate our superior offensive players so they could drive the lane, dish, score or draw fouls. Georgia Tech was extending their D to the 3 point line and not doubling away from Bassett or Gordon so it worked well. Not a motion offense for sure, but we scored over 80 points. The O was not the issue in this game and once the D gets straightened out we’ll get even more opportunities to score in transition because of turnovers and missed shots.

  • Maybe I’ll Post Again, Maybe Not

    We know CKS is accountable to internet bloggers, so by all means he should make himself available to answer all of our questions and justify his coaching (lol).

    But I can answer your primary question: What were we trying to do? We were spreading the floor to isolate our superior offensive players so they could drive the lane, dish, score or draw fouls. Georgia Tech was extending their D to the 3 point line and not doubling away from Bassett or Gordon so it worked well. Not a motion offense for sure, but we scored over 80 points. The O was not the issue in this game and once the D gets straightened out we’ll get even more opportunities to score in transition because of turnovers and missed shots.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanE

    I’ll be honest, that quote surprised me too. I don’t mind a team that drives the lane more than it shoots outside jumpers; that team is likely to be more efficient and less drought-prone than a team of jump shooters. But I don’t see how Sampson could look at Tuesday night’s film and be satisfied with the team’s collective offensive effort.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanE

    I’ll be honest, that quote surprised me too. I don’t mind a team that drives the lane more than it shoots outside jumpers; that team is likely to be more efficient and less drought-prone than a team of jump shooters. But I don’t see how Sampson could look at Tuesday night’s film and be satisfied with the team’s collective offensive effort.

  • kelin

    David I think the issue is not doing what the defense is giving them….this was the same offense against Xavier and in big boy basketball one on one ain’t gonna get it done….it will get it done against longwood but not against other good teams.

    I think we have been down this road before with a one on one offense and we see where it has gotten us….I don’t understand why there isn’t more movement in our offense to get easier shots without pounding the ball and driving. YOu can better utilize penetrators with more motion than doing what we do……

    I believe many posters were concerned about our offense even during those times of 100 point games. IF we run the same stuff vs. SIU we will lose the game.

  • kelin

    David I think the issue is not doing what the defense is giving them….this was the same offense against Xavier and in big boy basketball one on one ain’t gonna get it done….it will get it done against longwood but not against other good teams.

    I think we have been down this road before with a one on one offense and we see where it has gotten us….I don’t understand why there isn’t more movement in our offense to get easier shots without pounding the ball and driving. YOu can better utilize penetrators with more motion than doing what we do……

    I believe many posters were concerned about our offense even during those times of 100 point games. IF we run the same stuff vs. SIU we will lose the game.

  • David

    Kelin, so you would like to see a young, inexperienced Indiana team not take what the opposition is giving us? Maybe if this team was a veteran team I could understand your point but I just don’t get what the big deal is with the youth and inexperience we have on this team. Also, it was the 5th Division I college basketball game for many of these kids. But obviously I’m in minority with this viewpoint.

    And as for what KS said, really what do you expect? Again, young kids and a young team and you want to be positive externally to the media. Who knows what he said behind closed doors but I’d bet that it was different than what he said publicly.

  • David

    Kelin, so you would like to see a young, inexperienced Indiana team not take what the opposition is giving us? Maybe if this team was a veteran team I could understand your point but I just don’t get what the big deal is with the youth and inexperience we have on this team. Also, it was the 5th Division I college basketball game for many of these kids. But obviously I’m in minority with this viewpoint.

    And as for what KS said, really what do you expect? Again, young kids and a young team and you want to be positive externally to the media. Who knows what he said behind closed doors but I’d bet that it was different than what he said publicly.

  • kelin

    David I get our youth part of what you are saying….do you want more motion in our offense? I don’t know what is going on behind closed doors but if by Saturday this team is moving around more then I am wrong but to say our youth and inexperience is a reason for the lack of motion in our offense, I just don’t buy that.

  • kelin

    David I get our youth part of what you are saying….do you want more motion in our offense? I don’t know what is going on behind closed doors but if by Saturday this team is moving around more then I am wrong but to say our youth and inexperience is a reason for the lack of motion in our offense, I just don’t buy that.

  • Steve

    We are playing as a team on offense, we are just utilizing our slashers. If the drive is stopped we will pass to DJ or Mike White for a layup or dunk if they are covered Stemler or Bassett will get a three. The problem we have is we do not play defense as a team the fact that the freshman and a couple juco transfers cannot play transition or help side defense. Once the defensive quirks get worked out this team will become fantastic. The fact that DJ is always out of position on defense is because he has to guard about three people because of the few mentioned above suck at defense currently.

  • Steve

    We are playing as a team on offense, we are just utilizing our slashers. If the drive is stopped we will pass to DJ or Mike White for a layup or dunk if they are covered Stemler or Bassett will get a three. The problem we have is we do not play defense as a team the fact that the freshman and a couple juco transfers cannot play transition or help side defense. Once the defensive quirks get worked out this team will become fantastic. The fact that DJ is always out of position on defense is because he has to guard about three people because of the few mentioned above suck at defense currently.

  • David

    Kelin, I understand and respect what you are saying. I think it’s safe to say we probably won’t agree on this one and that’s fine. Mine is just one man’s opinion.

  • David

    Kelin, I understand and respect what you are saying. I think it’s safe to say we probably won’t agree on this one and that’s fine. Mine is just one man’s opinion.

  • kelin

    David if the end result is the final 4 and a banner…then I am fine with that….

    Go IU & Ted Kitchel sucks

  • kelin

    David if the end result is the final 4 and a banner…then I am fine with that….

    Go IU & Ted Kitchel sucks

  • Steve O

    Why not try a zone? 2-3? 3-2? 2-1-2? etc… It doesn’t matter. I mean if we can just get back on d, it seems like a zone might be effective. I mean we have a hard time in man coverage because players drift and get out of position. In a zone, everyone pretty much knows where they’re supposed to be. I am no Eric Gordon, but I learned how to play zone defense in 6th grade, so I’m sure our guys could figure it out. I wonder if KS has given it any thought.

  • Steve O

    Why not try a zone? 2-3? 3-2? 2-1-2? etc… It doesn’t matter. I mean if we can just get back on d, it seems like a zone might be effective. I mean we have a hard time in man coverage because players drift and get out of position. In a zone, everyone pretty much knows where they’re supposed to be. I am no Eric Gordon, but I learned how to play zone defense in 6th grade, so I’m sure our guys could figure it out. I wonder if KS has given it any thought.

  • Steve

    Steve O,

    My guess is we can play zone but this does not help when we need to play man to man. We are in the early stages of the year when we still have time to run our man to man in a game situation without sacrificing a big ten game. I believe we will get better at man to man it just takes time and hard work. The hard work I am not sure the young guys like so much.

  • Steve

    Steve O,

    My guess is we can play zone but this does not help when we need to play man to man. We are in the early stages of the year when we still have time to run our man to man in a game situation without sacrificing a big ten game. I believe we will get better at man to man it just takes time and hard work. The hard work I am not sure the young guys like so much.

  • Steve O

    I’m just throwing stuff out there… What about some full court man? We have some really quick and athletic guards. Seems like we could possibly get some steals and force turnovers. I guess my only worry would again be our guys being out of position and teams being able to get quick transition buckets. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow night.

  • Steve O

    I’m just throwing stuff out there… What about some full court man? We have some really quick and athletic guards. Seems like we could possibly get some steals and force turnovers. I guess my only worry would again be our guys being out of position and teams being able to get quick transition buckets. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow night.

  • 11DFife11

    I’m with the people saying we need motion and to run sets on offense.

    We played 2-3 and it worked well but still getting beat in transition.

    Rotating 6 guys (DT’s 2 min doesnt count) against GT didnt help either.

  • 11DFife11

    I’m with the people saying we need motion and to run sets on offense.

    We played 2-3 and it worked well but still getting beat in transition.

    Rotating 6 guys (DT’s 2 min doesnt count) against GT didnt help either.

  • David

    Why the need for motion offense? Is this just something that harks back to the Bob Knight days or is there something more?

    And how do we gauge motion offense? Is it less driving? Less foul shooting?

    I’m just trying to figure out what people mean when they say IU needs more motion offense.

  • David

    Why the need for motion offense? Is this just something that harks back to the Bob Knight days or is there something more?

    And how do we gauge motion offense? Is it less driving? Less foul shooting?

    I’m just trying to figure out what people mean when they say IU needs more motion offense.

  • kelin

    I don’t think anyone wants the motion OHHfense (rick majerus) exactly. A lot people want more movement on offense….I am sick of seeing high ball screens out at the 3pt line. I have not seen very many plays where at least 3 of the guys are moving at the same time….We are so easy to guard cause EVERYONE knows what we are going to do.

  • kelin

    I don’t think anyone wants the motion OHHfense (rick majerus) exactly. A lot people want more movement on offense….I am sick of seeing high ball screens out at the 3pt line. I have not seen very many plays where at least 3 of the guys are moving at the same time….We are so easy to guard cause EVERYONE knows what we are going to do.

  • Cutter in Chicago

    My official explanation for offensive (and heck defensive) issues: Its early. We threw a little zone at GT the other night, that seemed to help “settle” things down. I expect we may have to do that tonight against SIU too (a 2-3 or 2-1-2). I think the man-to-man will improve and so will the defense, once guys do not over commit (DeAndre) or fail to rotate over (Crawford and still sometimes with Bassett).
    As for the offense, nobody likes to see us stand around and wait for Bracey to launch a 3 (the vaunted “Orlando 1″ play). The first few games against inferior opponents, we were cutting and driving to the hoop. That made my heart skip a beat. Since we started seeing better competition, we’re now finding out that’s not easy. A few things seem to be necessary: we have to have our guards drive to the basket when possible (Gordon, Bassett and Ellis) that draws fouls and if our big guys are ready for it, an interior pass for a lay-up/short jumper. I’d personally like to see some high post offense with DeAndre/Mike White/Stemler to DJ underneath. DeAndre seems to have good hands and good passing ability, if he can demonstrate the ability to pull his defender to the foul line, that might allow DJ to get a little more room down by the hoop (heck, you could reverse this role as long as DeAndre can finish and DJ is hitting the short jumper) and the high post would allow the guards to remain outside either for the 3 or (preferable) to drive to the hoop.
    Just my early AM comments. I reserve the right to disavow any/all of this when I wake up

  • Cutter in Chicago

    My official explanation for offensive (and heck defensive) issues: Its early. We threw a little zone at GT the other night, that seemed to help “settle” things down. I expect we may have to do that tonight against SIU too (a 2-3 or 2-1-2). I think the man-to-man will improve and so will the defense, once guys do not over commit (DeAndre) or fail to rotate over (Crawford and still sometimes with Bassett).
    As for the offense, nobody likes to see us stand around and wait for Bracey to launch a 3 (the vaunted “Orlando 1″ play). The first few games against inferior opponents, we were cutting and driving to the hoop. That made my heart skip a beat. Since we started seeing better competition, we’re now finding out that’s not easy. A few things seem to be necessary: we have to have our guards drive to the basket when possible (Gordon, Bassett and Ellis) that draws fouls and if our big guys are ready for it, an interior pass for a lay-up/short jumper. I’d personally like to see some high post offense with DeAndre/Mike White/Stemler to DJ underneath. DeAndre seems to have good hands and good passing ability, if he can demonstrate the ability to pull his defender to the foul line, that might allow DJ to get a little more room down by the hoop (heck, you could reverse this role as long as DeAndre can finish and DJ is hitting the short jumper) and the high post would allow the guards to remain outside either for the 3 or (preferable) to drive to the hoop.
    Just my early AM comments. I reserve the right to disavow any/all of this when I wake up

  • kelin

    CUtter I couldn’t agree with you more…can’t wait for tonights game….

  • kelin

    CUtter I couldn’t agree with you more…can’t wait for tonights game….

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