Hoiberg’s ability to teach shot making is resulting in wins (see Long, for example)

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It’s difficult to truly measure how much Fred Hoiberg’s ability to coach shooting has benefited his players.

Some guys – such as Melvin Ejim – have steadily improved long-term (i.e. their entire careers) under the watchful eye of Hoiberg. Others – like Naz Long – have enjoyed improvements with Hoiberg’s guidance in the middle of a season (like the current one).

What is obvious, however, is how much the improved shooting affects the win-loss column.

Take, for example, Long.

The sophomore blasted out of the starting blocks this winter, hitting 8 three pointers in the season opener. Long, in fact, made 52% (36-of-69) from long range in the first 12 games of the year. The Cyclones won every game.

When Big 12 play started, Long’s success rate fell off. He made 26% (13-50) of his three-point attempts in the opening 11 contests of the conference campaign. The Cyclones were 6-5.

Hoiberg began working with Long on his tempo and confidence a couple weeks back. Shots started falling. Iowa State started winning again.

In the last 4 games, Long has made half (10-20) of his 3-point tries. The Cyclones won each game.

Shooting well certainly leads to winning ways and Hoiberg’s acumen in teaching that skill is paying big dividends.

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