Many years ago I taught and coached Rod Hall. That's one reason I know he's smart. In May Rod will complete his undergraduate studies at Clemson, earning his college diploma in exactly four years. That is another reason I know he's smart. The Tigers' leading returning scorer and assist man is also a very kind and respectful young man. I know this because Friday before his first regular season game he humored his old teacher/coach (me), allowing me to give him some basketball advice.
Before I share more I'll say that I usually try to refrain from butting into a former player's current basketball business. The last thing guys need is multiple people telling them how to play the game. And I think of the current coach and usually realise this is not my place. But in this instance I could not help myself.
After watching Rod confidently stroking two three pointers in three possessions in the second half of Clemson's exhibition game win over Anderson, I wanted him to know that I believe he is a darn good shooter (and I know a lot about shooting a basketball!). That he always has been. And that his teammates - the ones who undoubtedly love playing with him because of his toughness, his unselfishness, and his knack for playing best in the biggest moments - will love him even more if he let's it fly from deep when opponents give him space.
Rod politely thanked me. What a nice kid... I mean young man (it's hard getting used to the fact that my former players are now men!). Later that night he started Clemson's season with a bang, making two driving baskets in the first four minutes versus Florida A&M. See here:
After making these two baskets and establishing himself as an offensive threat, Hall would not shoot again. But he WOULD dish out 10 assists without committing a turnover the rest of the evening. See the assists here:
So my old student and player taught me something (or reminded me of something): Leave the advice giving to the former players up to the current coaches. Two field goals made out of two field goals attempted, and 10 assists handed out without a turnover committed is basically the point guard's equivalent of a pitcher's perfect game.
But I am not worried about steering Rod wrong. Remember what I wrote at the beginning: Rod is a smart young man. Too smart to listen to bad advice from me!
***Rod and the Tigers play Winthrop tonight at 7:00 P.M. Here are some related posts from the past about Rod***
Nov 10, 2014
Rod Hall Explodes Late in Exhibition Opener
March 31, 2014
Michaux: Ex-Laney star Rod Hall helps light fire under Clemson basketball team
from the Augusta Chronicle
Nov 25, 2013
Rod Hall Jr. is on the Right Track