Don’t think I saw this posted yet, but Dave Jones had an interesting article in the Patriot on Jay Wright this weekend:
I found it interesting the way Wright treats some of his freshmen playmakers, and it made me wonder how some of PSU’s players (Frazier in particular) would fare with this approach:
[quote=“djones article”]He (Wright) is loved because he lets them dive in and begin to tap their potential right away, to make inevitable youthful mistakes and learn from them. He’s learned that there’s no upside in the long run to climbing all over or pulling teenage playmakers when they make turnovers. As long as they play hard with confidence and enthusiasm, he’ll accept some reckless mistakes. Then, he’ll give the players the responsibility to rein themselves in as they gain experience and begin to see the unique geometry of the game at major-college speed.
It’s an approach players love because it allows them to grow more quickly.
For instance, when current senior and team leader Scottie Reynolds was a freshman, Wright could immediately see his potential as a playmaker and scorer. He wanted Reynolds to develop those skills as quickly as possible because he needed Reynolds’ points. The last thing he wanted was to ease him into the lineup for brief segments. He wanted to force him to explore his entire game right away, warts and all. He knew doing this would pay dividends down the line.
But, Wright explained, the only way to live with a sometimes out-of-control Reynolds was to make sure the older ‘Cats were prudent:
"We told Mike Nardi and Curtis Sumpter, ‘You guys can’t make mistakes. Because we gotta let [Reynolds] go so he can score. And right now, the only way he can do it is if he’s just wild. He’s not experienced enough to do it efficiently.’ “Now, [freshman] Maalik Wayns is the one we let go. He was 3-for-9 [against Georgetown]. But he gives us great energy. He can go crazy now. But Scottie can’t.”
After a recent game, Wayns said Reynolds told him, “Enjoy this now. Because when you’re a senior, they’re all gonna be coming after you. And so is Coach.”
With this method, Wright has been able to cycle in his kids. And when they’re needed to take over and be mentors and leaders as upperclassmen, they’re really ready.[/quote]