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


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.