“It’s not basketball, not real basketball. I love to run.” Cy Falls Sr PG Andrew Nguyen suffered through one of the most torturous basketball games played all year in the 2016 run to the State Title: a triple-overtime, 46-43 slog against Dallas Skyline that featured lengthy, agonizing stretches of players standing in place, doing nothing, tense and at high-alert. One, simple change would render the Skyline approach (slow the game down, hold the ball, pass incessantly and relentlessly around the perimeter and into, then back out of, the post, rinse, repeat; if possible, score, but nbd) unplayable: a shot clock.
The NFHS says a shot clock is too expensive and officially, nationwide, recommends against it. The UIL won’t push for it until its constituent districts and schools do, if then.
Implementing the shot clock would be tough, a profound logistical challenge, but would it be worth it? History, in the form of eight states that elected to ignore the NFHS and institute a shot clock, says it would. Nguyen and Chron’s Kevin Cook discuss how such a transition might work. Give it a listen!