Originally Posted by POND_OF_RED
Pressey had good guards around him last season. He just didn't have any leadership. Anderson had a team philosophy which carried over to the 11-12 season with English and Bowers. When Haith's philosophy came into play last year everyone just started playing street ball. Pressey's offense is set up by his passing game being efficient. When Pressey decided he was the best player on the team he stopped passing to set up the offense and just shot the most ridiculous shots all season. The same thing these players do now. It's glorified street ball, and it's terrible to watch.
Anderson had a team philosophy?
Were we watching the same team? Watch Mike Anderson's teams now, and you'll see a lot of what you're complaining about, just like when he was here.
Anderson runs a motion offense. That's it. No real sets, except in extreme situations where he draws one up out of bounds, no practice time devoted to offense (this has been confirmed by Kim English).
English has also talked (on PowerMizzou) about the difference between offensive approach between the coaches being night and day. Anderson rolled the ball out and told people to run around and screen and take open shots. Haith actually has an offensive design, with set plays.
There's a BIG difference between having Mike Dixon, Marcus Denmon and Kim English around you and having Keion Bell and Jabari Brown around you.
Brown was not as good a year ago as he is this year (to be expected, he has improved with time). Bell had some nice games but also was really inconsistent and struggled without the ball in his hands.
I agree that Pressey took too much on himself a lot last year and the team suffered because of it. Lack of a viable alternative at PG, after Dixon's dismissal, really hurt the team there.
Just think its disingenuous to act like Haith never put Pressey in a position to succeed. He put him in a system that is DESIGNED for PGs (Notably, Chris Paul and TJ Ford have run it) and he was a superstar in it when he had a better supporting cast, in his first year.
Even last year, with all the late-game folds by Pressey, they were still one of the most efficient offenses in the country.