- Jul 14, 2011
This is a program issue and not an MSS issue. Tillman’s senior season was the exact same. Ball went to him in the paint and it was going to be shot. You would even notice players limit their movement after the ball was pushed inside. I felt like that limited Tillman’s growth that year as it would have opened up his game more as teams would have had to be more versatile in how they defended him. Both that season and this seasons successes could have been greater if we played more of an inside out game Because it would have opened up more avenues for attacking other teams. Hopefully this can be improved moving forward.That said the thing that drove me craziest (other than free throws and stupid fouls) was that when we sent the ball into the paint it was rarely kicked back out to teammates waiting or cutters to the rim (see cough cough...fur). Occasionally he would look and try but most of the time when it went into the paint he immediately committed to getting a shot off regardless. In my opinion this mentality hurt us more than helped because he didn’t always finish bunnies, other guys were open as a result of double teams and it further limited our rebounding capacity as defenders were enmasse and other VCU guys were not working crashing the paint to get position (other than Vince and Cory when on the court).