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Thursday Notes & Observations: Trojan #Basketballschool Edition!

October 3, 2019

**Was talking with someone close the program this afternoon, and I was explaining how impressed I was with the members of the each one of the players came over and introduced themselves the other day.  It was explained to me that Coach Enfield really stresses high character so this falls in line with the values surrounding the program.

**We were also talking about the out of conference scheduling as well as why the fans don’t support the program more.  As far as getting more marquee names to come out’s not as easy as it seems.  Apparently, there are a lot of big name schools who are afraid of a loss on their resume to a west coast school.  They don’t mind neutral site games so much, however, getting them to do a home & home isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I said, “even with the fertile recruiting grounds out here?!”   The influx of pre season tournaments have filled the void left by the home & away scheduling.

**After the scrimmage today we asked Coach Enfield how the upcoming exhibition game against Villanova came about.

“It was a joint decision between their athletic department and our coaching staffs...and their coaching staff and ours to do something that would benefit the charity...the wildlife foundations...some of the additional funding for a variety of individual families, as well as to the foundation that goes into repairing homes, etc.,’s for a great cause, No.1.” 

“Secondly, Villanova was willing to come out here because we weren’t able to go there because...last year California had the Jay Wright(Villanova head coach) and Mark Jackson(AD) have been terrific and our was a joint it was brought up, discussed...and I think it’s going to be an outstanding will be a great basketball game on national TV, and will give each team a great look at their strengths & weaknesses...and it’s all for a great cause.”

**The feeling among those who are around the team on a daily basis is these guys are going to sneak up on people.  Coach mentioned after the scrimmage today this is basically a new team with only four returning players from last season’s roster, and that he’s never coached a team before with 8 new faces. 

**One of the ways to speed up the learning curve with the guys getting to know each other, on and off the court, was the European trip they took together over the summer.    When asked how important the bonding aspect of the trip was, Coach was quick to point out “it was very important for everyone to get to know each other because teams have better chemistry when they know each other on a personal level.”

** Today the team had an intrasquad scrimmage with P12 officials  The Cardinal roster: Studivant, Utomi, Matthews, O’Bannon, Lewis, Adlesh, and Onyeka

Gold Roster: Anderson, Mobley, Rakocevic, Weaver, Baumman, and Agbonkpolo

The final scoreboard read 86-77...I believe the Cardinal team had 86.

When Coach was  asked for his quick thoughts following the scrimmage: 

“ Very productive...our guys shared the basketball and continued working on what we were doing throughout the oversees trip and our 8 days of traing camp.  Defensively we have some tihngs to work on, but offensively I think we’re very deep.  We can shoot the ball, and our post players are very good passers.  So it’s nice to see the unslefish spirit, offensively.” 

**Jonah Matthews, Quinton Adlesh, and Daniel Utomi all shot over 40% from behind the 3-point line during their careers so far.

**Coach would also point out later again when discussing Mobley how good of a passer he is for a guy his size...all of the post players are really good passers.

**I asked Coach if the team learned anything on the court playing against the European squads.  Coach would explain, “the game in Europe is all about ball screening and floor spacing, and we’ve been pretty good about that over the last few years, reinforced how important it is because when we were playing the teams overseas, they spread the floor, and they had the big guys shooting the 3...they had guards that were really good at coming off ball screens getting in the lane, and they would make the extra even though we like to play like that ourselves, it was nice to reinforce the value of that because it’s hard to guard if you do it effectively.”



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