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October 13, 2013

Day 12 attracts a talented crowd




USC's twelfth day of practice was similar to the others, only this one attracted a particularly talented crowd. 2015 standouts Chimezie Metu and Justin Simon watched as USC scrimmaged hard and pushed the ball with a sixteen second shot clock. Andy Enfield talked after practice about his strategies, who stood out and an injury to one of his top players.

Today's practice: "We did a lot of up and down in the scrimmaging. It was designed to be an execution scrimmage but also a conditioning scrimmage."

Using a sixteen-second shot clock: "We usually do 14 seconds so I was giving them a break and two extra seconds today. That's designed to make them play fast and also condition them to get their wind up."

The pace of practice: "It just depends on what type of practice we're having. There are slower practices where we do a lot of teaching and break down drills. When we're in a full court situation, I don't want our coaches to stop a lot. We want to coach on the fly and make our point. Today it just happened that guys needed to speed the pace of the game up."

Turnovers and mistakes: "You have to learn how to play fast and not turn the ball over. We have our spurts of that but our players have to get better. They have to keep improving their decision making. It isn't so much the ball handling but the decision making and some of the passes they throw. If you're throwing a lob, it needs to be where it needs to be, if you're throwing a bounce pass, it can't be two feet wide. They need to improve their decision making and their skill set on passes."

Conversation with Chass Bryan after a bad pass: "He threw a lob outside the backboard and it went out of bounds. I told him that if you're throwing a lob it needs to be inside the backboard so the guy can actually catch it. We don't have guys that can catch it seven feet from the basket and put it in."

Status of injuries: "Byron Wesley played half the practice and sprained his ankle so we'll see how he is, I don't know."

Standout players: "Omar Oraby played great. He really pushed himself down the court, did a nice job on ball screens and gave a great effort. J.T. Terrell was very unselfish making plays for his teammates. On the other team, Katin Reinhardt had a very good day. Today we had black and red teams and the black team won the first three scrimmages because as a group they all played well together."

If everything is translating for the team: "This is a work in progress. We look like a very good basketball team for five or six minutes stretches, then we have too many turnovers or make defensive mistakes. That's a part of preseason, so I'm not concerned about that right now as long as they're willing to improve on it the next few weeks."

Working on turnovers: "We have to work on their decision making. Some of it is a natural feeling for the game, some of it is knowing what you can't do and understanding that if your name isn't Magic Johnson, maybe you shouldn't be trying certain things."

Coaching in front of top recruits: "We keep it real here. I get up and say my piece quite a few times, I don't hold anything back and we play like we play. I don't want to put on a show just because we have people watching. In the game we're going to practice like we play. I'm going to stop when I have to and I'm going to instruct. When someone needs a little extra push, I'll give it to them. It doesn't matter to me who's watching. With my coaching style, I don't use a lot of vulgarity, I don't berate kids or tear them down. If I have to raise my voice, it's quick, it isn't personal and we move on. To me, it doesn't matter, I could have all their grandparents in here and feel comfortable. I'm not going to say anything to offend people."

Plans for day 13: "We're going to look on the film of this practice and reevaluate. We'll see if we have to work on man to man offense, defense or zone. We'll also so some of the break down drills. We'll probably do a lot more of the break down stuff based on what we need to work on. Then we have another scrimmage on Tuesday."



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