Sophomore guard Rod Hall says he was told he was “too selfish” in high school, averaging 24.7 points per game in his senior year leading Laney (Ga.) deep into the playoffs.
With 15 games-in and 15 to-go in the regular season, Brad Brownell would like to see a little more of that down the stretch.
“Coach gets mad at me sometimes when I pass up a shot,” Hall said. “You feel like it’s going to go in – I feel like it’s going to go in too, but he wants Book (Devin Booker) to have the ball too so I’m just kinda mixing it up.”
Being pass-first in mentality now, not the worst quality in a point guard, is just a part of Hall’s make-up, Brownell says.
“He likes to look for his teammates – that’s his nature,” Brownell said. “But we do need him to be a little more aggressive at times.”
Hall has only taken 9.2 percent of the Tigers’ shots this season, making an even 50 percent, and less than one percent of the 3-pointers, also hitting 50 percent (1-of-2). Hall has attempted just seven from the perimeter in his career (5-of-7).
“He’s a better shooter than he realizes,” Brownell said. “It’s not a terrific-looking shot or anything like that, but he actually makes more shots than you would realize in practice and in games.”
The third-year coach just as much or more is on Hall for vocal leadership, which he admits is a problem for Clemson.
“This year’s team, there are times when it’s hard to look out there and figure who’s going to be the guy,” said Brownell. “When they’re in a huddle on their own down there or when something is going – who’s getting them together? Who’s kinda orchestrating what we’re trying to do?”
He says coaches have their limitations in game impact.
“When everything is looking at the bench and coach-directed – it’s usually never as good,” Brownell said. “…When they’re doing it themselves, holding each other accountable, you’re at a better level.”
The difference between leading in high school and college is still a learning process for Hall.
“I just have to be more vocal towards them because everybody is a good player,” said Hall. “They’re not just looking at me to make everything happen. At the same time, you have to gather everybody when things are going wrong.”
Hall isn't alone in his style of play on the team, but at his position, Brownell says communication is critical.
"He needs to be more of vocal guy and command more respect," he said. "It’s hard for him and that’s not his way. He’s more like Devin Booker – he wants to lead the way he competes and the way he practices. And he does all those things well.
"He’s a hard-playing guy, but he could really provide more presence to our team if he would talk and communicate."
2013 Clemson basketball ACC home/road splits (2/4)
|FT% (Att. per game)||67.9 (22.4)||72.4 (14.5)|