The University of Arkansas basketball program’s ability to run like knowledgeable organization is due to experience of Coach Eric Musselman and his staff’s NBA backgrounds but additionally by continually visiting teams within the league annually.
Last week, Musselman and his staff hit the road visiting NBA training camps to maintain up on the ever-evolving game played at the best level.
Special assistant to the top coach Matt Lopez, assistant director of operations Caleb Cline and recruiting coordinator Ronnie Brewer Jr. visited the Oklahoma City Thunder, while director of basketball operations and director of recruiting Michael Musselman and assistant director of recruiting and scouting Blake Wetherington visited the Memphis Grizzlies.
Assistant coach Keith Smart also traveled to Recent York to go to with the Knicks.
Coach Eric Musselman and many of the staff were the one college staff in Dallas to see the Mavericks work out on Monday.
“We do it every 12 months simply to see what NBA teams are emphasizing, what different organizations are emphasizing on the offensive and defensive ends,” Michael Musselman said. “It changes annually. It changes due to analytics and changes due to the best way the sport changes 12 months in and 12 months out, so for us it’s necessary to remain on top of recent NBA terminology, concepts. Just gathering drills, gathering, teaching points, various things like that.”
Arkansas have incorporated quite a few things learned during past trips to NBA franchises.
“Adding recent drills that helps us improve pick-and-roll coverages, adding sets, adding transition offenses, various things like that,” Musselman said. “We’ve taken some transition offense teaching points from the [Milwaukee] Bucks and implemented them. That was a study we did summers ago. We’ve implemented rather a lot from the Memphis Grizzlies already and we got numerous great things from Mavericks that we’re going to implement when it comes to just terminology. Things they stress like attending to the corners, the importance of taking away corner threes, middle drives.”
Eric Musselman has had an open-door policy for other coaches to learn from him and his staff during his coaching profession. The open-door policy, together with the staff’s connections with NBA teams, have helped the Hogs in attending to visit organizations on the subsequent level.
“Some coaches have a more open practice policy, and that’s something Coach has maintained to today,” Michael Musselman said. “He thinks it necessary to grow the sport. Irrespective of in the event you’re women’s middle-school coach or NBA coach you’re normally allowed into our gym just to review the sport and grow the sport.”
The Hogs’ recruiting strategy includes selling Arkansas’ 52 years of NBA experience among the many staff. It’s that have that prospects often mention in the course of the recruiting process that pulls them to the Razorbacks.
“The NBA experience on staff and the NBA connections obviously that translates partially into putting players in the professionals,” Musselman said. “Running our program like an NBA organization is something we actually stress in recruiting, so we discover it necessary annually to the touch up on recent terminology, and touch up on recent concepts, and proceed to construct our program, and keep it like an NBA organization, and stay on top of how the NBA game is growing and evolving annually. Because our goal is to send all of our players to that level, and we would like them to be more prepared than some other rookie after they do get there.”
Former players under Eric Musselman often comment on how their experiences at Nevada and Arkansas have prepared them for the NBA. Former Hog guard Stanley Umude signed with the Detroit Pistons last week and quickly noticed he was ahead of other recent players.
“He’s going through the Pistons training camp and he’s coming back and saying coach, ‘We’re doing numerous the identical drills we did in practice, and we’re using among the same terminology, they usually’re stressing numerous the identical things we stressed here,’ ” Michael Musselman said. “So he seems like he has a leg up already on all the brand new guys there. At the tip of the day, besides winning, that’s our goal.”
Visiting with NBA teams gives the Razorbacks a leg up on the competition.
“There’s numerous schools that just read things in articles, watch games on TV and watch NBA game film but we’re rather a lot different, our coaches have been on the sidelines, within the draft rooms, within the war rooms, in order that they have first hand experience,” Musselman said. “Then our entire staff getting out and doing these style of things, seeing 4, five, six different NBA training camps and just observing, it’s all first-hand stuff. We’re talking to the top coaches, we’re talking to the staffs.”