Among the handful of changes coming to college basketball is one that will affect literally every single possession of the game.
The trimming of the shot clock from 35 seconds down to 30 seconds will change not only how offense is played, but how defense is played as well. But Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been trying to combat how much it will impact his team by adopting the NBA model in practice.
“We’re trying to play faster than the 30,” he said at Big Ten Media Day last week.
“We put a 24-second shot clock up when we practice so we’re playing faster than we have, so it’s not a big part but it is getting used to the different defenses and how people are going to play I think is going to be the biggest thing and I think it’s a challenge for coaches.”
The change by the NCAA is all part of growth to make the college game more like the pro game, following changes to defensive hand checking that the rules committee made in hopes of freeing up more motion offensively.
For a team like Maryland, they have the offensive weapons to adjust.
With so many three-point shooters -- from Melo Trimble to Rasheed Sulaimon to Jake Layman to Jared Nickens to even Robert Carter -- even if nothing comes of a play, they should be at least able to give themselves a chance by taking a shot from deep.
It helps that Trimble is such an intelligent ball handler and floor general, but it will also fall on junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley or the Duke transfer, Sulaimon, to handle the basketball when teams decide to press.
“It was hard to get a good shot up in 35 seconds,” Turgeon said. “And that’ll be a big challenge for us to continue to figure out how to get great shots up with the 30-second shot clock.”