Film Session: Delaware State

  • 12/21/2016 10:01 am in

Robert Johnson had one of his better games of the season against Delaware State on Monday evening. Johnson had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

We’ll take a look at four plays involving the junior in the latest edition of Film Session:

On the first possession of the game, Josh Newkirk enters the ball to Thomas Bryant near the right high post:

As Bryant comes across with the ball, Johnson starts cutting out of the corner. Juwan Morgan looks to set a screen for him:

Bryant makes the pass as Morgan sets the screen:

The Hoosiers run a staggered screen set here with Bryant setting another for Johnson. It frees him and he has space to the rim:

He takes it and scores:

Nice little set here from Indiana to start the game. The way the Hoosiers were spaced in the first image gives some evidence that this same action could have been run in reverse with Morgan getting the initial pass and James Blackmon Jr. getting the staggered screens instead.

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  • BL4IU

    Mr. Steady on both ends of the floor. RJ has definitely been our most consistent performer. Also, he has a real knack for stopping dribble drives in transition; especially at the rim.

    Reminded watching this film that assist stats are very dependent on shooters knocking down shots. A guard on this team could easily have a bad assist night if jump shooters are missing shots.

  • IdahoHoosier

    These examples reminded me that IU finds success when going into the middle, then kicking it out. This can be done off the drive or by utilizing our passing big men, but either way it has to go through the middle!

  • There’s nothing I love seeing more than a guard driving into the post, drawing the defense, and then kicking it out to an open shooter or for some really efficient ball movement to get to the open shooter. There’s nothing I hate seeing more than a guard driving into the post among the trees, trying to score, and getting stuffed.

  • Yes, it’s a real balance. Assist rates also depend on getting the ball to the shooter at the right time and in the right position, as these clips demonstrate. It seems like that was the key here–it wasn’t just hot shooters, it was shooters who got the ball in the best possible, wide-open position. At the same time, a hot shooter like JBJ who can drop threes with someone in his face can make up for passes that are too late or out of position.

    So, anyone with a high assist average is likely to be very good at getting the ball to the right shooters at the right times, and likewise as you say assist rates will look poor when shooters aren’t hitting even when they’re open.