Shot clock proposal gets a local thumbs-up

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/16/20

If it were up to a handful of area basketball coaches, there would be a shot clock in high-school basketball. The Colorado High School Association’s basketball committee started the …

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Shot clock proposal gets a local thumbs-up

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If it were up to a handful of area basketball coaches, there would be a shot clock in high-school basketball. 
The Colorado High School Association’s basketball committee started the process of using a shot clock last month. Eventually, it will be up to CHSAA’s legislative council, the decision-making body for the association, to make the decision. 
Byron Gray, the boys basketball coach at Riverdale Ridge High School, thinks a shot clock would be a great addition. 
“Some other states already use a shot clock, and every level above high school uses a shot clock in some form. So, it will better align the high school game with the collegiate and pro game,” Gray said. “Adding a shot clock will also help develop a further understanding of the game. You will need to make good use of time and score.”  
Timothy Jones, the new girls' basketball coach for the Ravens, would like to see a shot clock too. 
“It’s a great tool for coaches to teach the game how it will be played at the next level,” he said. “It will also help with game control and situations. It will force teams to play the game with strategy, which allows us as coaches to do what we do best. And that’s coach.”  
Adams City girls basketball coach James Rogers thinks the shot clock will speed up the game. 
“I coached a club game in Kansas City. They had one. It was great. The kids loved it,” Rogers said. “To say the least, I think we could really benefit from it.” 
Frederick boys basketball coach Enoch Miller is a shot-clock proponent. 
“The quality and entertainment of the product alone is enough for me, but also the need for every player to improve their skill level are all reasons,” he said. “We have many players aspiring to play at the next level. When they have never played with a shot clock, that makes it difficult.” 
Brighton High School boys basketball coach is hoping to see a shot clock. 
“I don’t think it would allow for any more possessions or higher scoring games, but I think it would improve the quality of the game, coach- and player-wise,” he said. “I think for coaches, it would force us to communicate, get creative, and teach more efficiently on both ends of the floor. Players would have to really think the game at a quicker speed, which means skills would have to improve.” 
“I’ve coached club teams in specific tournaments when a shot clock was incorporated into the rules,” BHS girls basketball coach Jim French said. “The players adjust. Coaches must adapt to it as well. Strategy can change, but it restricts those teams that want to walk the ball up the floor.” 
French said teams can still move the ball for the best shot of each possession. 
“But it will eliminate a team from being up in score to simply stall,” he said. “I believe some oppose the unknown, the cost of an additional clock operator or a healthy fear of simply being progressive. We've voted on it a couple of times.  I believe it will happen, but it may not be this year.” 
Eagle Ridge Academy boys coach Jay Powell said a shot clock will help players develop and show them they can play at the next level. 
“Our players, especially guards need to show they have the awareness and skill to play in a time-restricted environment,” he said.
Prairie View’s boys' coach, Damien Romero, said a shot clock yields more possessions and would “help raise situational awareness for both coaches and the players.” 
"A shot clock would also help prepare student-athletes for playing at the college level,” Romero said. “Overall, it would be better for Colorado high-school basketball and lead to better basketball that is already really good and competitive.” 
The new girls basketball coach at Frederick High School, Jake Hansen, said a shot clock “intrigued him.” 
“Although I don't think it is a necessity, I do think it will bring a more exciting style of basketball to the state,” he said. “I believe that it will change how coaches and players strategize and react, especially towards the end of a game.  
Hansen said as things stand now, teams with leads late in the game can stall, forcing the losing team to foul and “make it a free-throw contest.” 
“The shot clock would end that and make the end of games more exciting by forcing the winning team to still stay focused and try to score,” Hansen said. “The one negative I can see is youth leagues trying to follow suit with this.” 
Gray agreed with Hansen’s point about forcing the winning team to play to score. 
“It would be a game-changer for Colorado and require a true investment in the game from a knowledge perspective,” he said. “The reason it hasn't been widely adopted in many states is the cost. It also requires investment in equipment and additional staff to run the shot clocks, which can be costly. But if you think of it in terms of football, there has been significant investment in play clocks at the high-school level already. It would be similar for basketball, but changes nonetheless for everyone involved, including the officials.” 
“More strategy involved,” Miller said. “Just so many positives that would come with it. My hope would be that it also allows the game to have a more fluid flow to it with more ball movement knowing, more disciplined defense and more
of a focus on the details that aren’t flashy but important, such as boxing out/rebounding, knowing time and score, communicating on the floor and from the bench,” Davila said. 
Hansen coached in some youth tournaments that used a shot clock. 
“I was not a fan of using it at that age,” he said. “I think kids at that level have other things to focus on and not how much time is left on the shot clock.” 

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