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Start Time: Friday, November 11, 8:00 p.m. PST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Arena — Shanghai, China
Television: ESPN 2
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“All of this leads to an important question for Jerod Haase. How can Stanford hide Dorian Pickens on the defensive side of the ball?
There are easy ideas and solutions. Simply have Pickens assigned to the worst perimeter player. But that probably isn’t enough of a solution.
Lots of times coaches will simply play a zone defense to try to hide a weaker defender. But the issue here is that Pickens was a worse defender in the zone looks than he was in the man-to-man sets.
What Haase will have to do is discover ways to adequately provide help defense schemes and personnel pairings that limit the defensive costs of Pickens.
As Pickens and his teammates improve in executing Haase’s strategy, assuming Haase’s game plan is effective, the quicker they can get to winning big time basketball games.
Pickens can play. He will play a ton of minutes this season. The amount of value Stanford gets out of Pickens is dependent upon his teammates ability to maximize his offensive talents while minimizing his defensive liabilities.”
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