Michael Beasley Could Be Dazzling Us Even More With Some Semblance of Coaching
The handful of Kansas State games I've watched this season have reminded me of early high school basketball. The coach has a few plays, but the game usually devolves into people dribbling in circles and tossing shots beyond their range without much hope of finding the net. On the rare occasion the Wildcats realize they have one of the best college freshman to ever play the game in the post, he gets his points. If he's lucky he'll find a good portion of his teammates bricks and create a few more points on his own.
According to KenPom's stats, 33% of K-State's possessions end with Michael Beasley hands on the ball, whether that be a made shot, missed shot or turnover. Impressive number for most college basketball players -- 20% is the average for a good player -- but a significant portion of those touches come as a result of locating his teammates missed shots. With a player of his caliber, that number needs to be in the 50% range.
Credit Texas for a portion of the Wildcats lack of fluidity on offense, but the frustrating aspect was that they appeared to have no real game plan. K-State's best performance occurred against Kansas when their set of guards, none averaging above 32% from 3-point rage, were money. They shot 46% with many open looks as a result of the Jayhawks all playing a step down on Beasley. Last night the threes weren't falling so I would have liked to see head coach Frank Martin adjust the tempo and demand the ball gets in Beasley's hands EVERY possession. Whatever it takes. Run the clock down, set multiple screens. Force it to him. Get him in some clear out situation atop the key.
Instead, Kansas State finds itself firmly on the bubble and in a perilous position in these final weeks. They won't be able to rely on a good long-distance shooting percentage Saturday in Lawrence. It'll have to be a slow down Michael Beasley show. Why do I even care about this? Well, it'd be nice to see Beasley's true potential on the college level for this short one year stint, and if used correctly he's a 40+ point performance every night out.