2016 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Day: Lorenzo Romar isn't impressed by all the 3-pointers
SAN FRANCISCO - There’s a mathematical inequality that is taking the basketball world by storm: 3 > 2.
In recent years, players of all ages have been jacking up threes at unprecedented rates. In the NBA, fans have been enthralled by Steph Curry’s ridiculous long-range shot-making prowess, as he shattered the NBA record by making 402 shots from beyond the arc in the 2015-16 regular season. In the D-League, the Reno Bighorns attempted a whopping 46 3-pointers per game in the 2014-15 season, setting a record for attempted threes probably in the entire universe.
It’s no different in college basketball, where teams attempted 35 percent of their shots from beyond the arc during the 2015-16 season, according to hoop-math.com (by comparison, the perimeter-happy Golden State Warriors attempted 36 percent of their shots from downtown).
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has noticed this trend in even lower levels of college basketball, and it doesn’t sound like he’s too happy about it.
“Where I really noticed it was our summer camp this year with the little kids. All of them are trying to cross each other up and shoot from 30 [feet]. They can barely get it up there, but that’s how they’re all playing,” Romar said in response to Janie McCauley’s question about the hike in attempted 3-pointers in college hoops. “I hope that’s not a trend coming up by the time they get to our level.”
If only all these youngins learned how to make layups…
Romar wasn’t done, poking fun at Stanford-star-turned-Pac-12 Networks analyst Casey Jacobsen, who was sitting in on Washington’s podium session.
“That’s probably how you did it, Casey, when you were younger,” Romar said, paying homage to Jacobsen’s shot-making prowess.
The Dawgs, picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12, begin their 2016-17 quest Nov. 13 against Yale.