When a team shoots 31% for the game, its not the coach that is missing those shots. When a team shoots 38.5 % from the free throw line, it's not the head coach shooting those foul shots. When players miss dunks and layups it's not the head coach missing those bunnies. We actually outshot the Wolfpack from the three point line, we just couldn't convert enough of the offensive rebounds. We actually held North Carolina State front court to a total of 13 points, while our front court scored 20. I'm not counting Layman or Smotrycz as forwards because they really score the majority of their points from outside and really act more like wings.
Then what happened? The answer is we really don't have an effective point guard on this team. Peters is a freshman and he really wouldn't even see the court on a team with a true point guard, but then again we don't have one. Occasionally he gets to the rim and fails to convert. He is left alone outside because he has no outside shot which allows the opposition to play 5 on 4. What about Seth? He has a terrible handle and if his shot is not falling he becomes a liability on defense. He shot 3 for 12, slightly better from the three point line. Our third guard/wing Dez wells was 2 for 11. Faust was 1 for 7. In total our guards shot 6 for 34 or 17.6% versus North Carolina State's guards 17 for 43 or 39.5%. We lost because we could not make any shots.
The real problem here has nothing to do with coaching and everything to do with the level of talent. We are playing freshman, sophomores, a junior, and three juniors transfers. This team just is not skilled enough yet. Many of them have been rushed into action because this team was devoid of scholarship players when Gary Williams left. We actually got lucky when Alex Len and Dez Wells got added last year. It was so bad we played walk-ons.
Will our players develop? Some will and some won't. If they don't they will be recruited over and perhaps transfer. Each and every one of our players has a hole in their game. I don't need to detail those deficiencies. Remember when Gary Williams was coaching here. Very rarely did you ever see freshman get more than token playing time early in his coaching tenure. Well that is what Mark Turgeon has been forced to do.
We are what we are. A very young team that hopefully will progress over time, but time it will take. I don't see this as a problem with coaching what do you think?