Coaching Corner with Coach Placeres
Dear MC Basketball Fans,
The Scots are back in school and preparing for the second half of the conference schedule. We are currently 5-1 and on a four-game winning streak. I am very pleased with the offensive and defensive output. We are shooting 47% from the field as a team, 36% from three-point range, and 81% from the free-throw line (Ranks us 5th in the country). Our defense has been equally successful in this young season. We rank #1 in our conference in rebound margin, scoring defense, scoring margin, steals per game, and field goal percentage defense.
Individually we have several players ranked at the top of the league as well as nationally. Myles Rasnick, Kevin Chong, JR Sanders, and Felix Uadiale are averaging double figures. Felix, Nicholas Clifton, and Kordell Kah are combining for 19.6 rpg. Jr Sanders leads the USA South in three-point percentage at 57.7% that ranks him in the top 20 nationally.
As we manage the season there are other responsibilities, we must take care of.
Recruiting-Attending games throughout the South, watching high school workouts, beginning initial contacts with prospective student-athletes, hosting some campus visits by prospects
Mentoring-Supervision of study hall for our players who need it, monitoring the conditioning and weight training of the players, preparing individual workouts for the players to use, counseling, and advising those who need someone to talk to or listen.
Planning-Establishing the gym schedule for practice and games, organizing the travel and hotel accommodations, ordering and receiving equipment, setting the game schedule for the following year, staff planning, scheming, and strategizing for the season.
Promoting-Organizing with the Sports Information Office our schedule cards, posters, and media guides, setting up our community service projects, speaking to local organizations and schools.
Administering-Completing all necessary conference and NCAA requirements, working with the Officials Association with rule changes and scheduling, handling alternate responsibilities of gym supervision.
As you can see, we stay busy during the school year. When it gets right down to it, there is very little downtime. Our staff is excited by the early success. I know the players will continue to work hard and press forward to becoming the best team we can become.
1) We value team chemistry- no personal agendas or egos, we give of ourselves so the team can prosper. We are family and we respect each other. Each player must understand their role.
2) We play with mental and physical toughness- If you want to be great, you have to wake up and prove it every day. Each player must get their personal life in order before they start working on their basketball.
3) We play fast and share the ball- If you want to run, you must be in great shape. We need depth, so it is important that everyone holds themselves and their teammates accountable. We are averaging 80+ppg.
4) We play tenacious team defense- This is the area I believe we can improve the most. We must improve our pressure on the ball, our technique in the half-court, and our ability to finish the playthrough rebounding and initiating our fast break. We are allowing 64ppg.
Tune in and follow the Scots at www.mcscots.com
We greatly appreciate your support.
Coach Raul Placeres
REP THE M
McCord Leadership Corner: The Value of Preparation
It is hard to believe we are six games into the 2020-2021 season. It has been a season full of uncertainty but being able to practice and play the past five weeks has brought a bit of normalcy to our lives. This season has been like nothing we have ever experienced. No spectators, socially distance benches, postponed games. This season will be one to remember regardless of the outcome (which we hope is a conference championship). One thing that has not changed is the importance of being prepared.
As a program, we take pride in preparing our athletes to succeed on (and off) the court. Our preparation begins in the offseason with weightlifting and conditioning programs developed by Jared Lawrence at Performance Training Inc. Expectations are that our athletes return to campus in the best shape possible prepared to practice at a high-level. Many may think that practice is the last and most important step in preparing for success on the court as a team. While it may be the most important, the time spent in the film room is often understated and underappreciated. The athletes may consider it boring but watching film and reviewing scouting reports can be the difference in winning and losing. Our program takes pride in knowing opposing player tendencies, team tendencies, and the sets they run consistently. We try to prepare our players for games the same as they would study for a quiz or exam.
"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." Alexander Graham Bell's quote could not be more accurate. Whether it is preparing for the birth of a child, preparing a meal, preparing for an exam, or preparing for a game we must have plans in place that will increase our chances to succeed. As a staff, we consistently talk about developing good habits as a player that will transition over into their personal lives. By preparing as a program to win games, we are trying to instill behaviors that will last a lifetime and increase our athlete's chances to be successful once they transition into post-college life.
Coach Jeff McCord
Player Spotlight: Chase Ridenour
As you enter this new season, what are some individual and team goals you would like to accomplish?
Our team goal is to win the Conference Championship then make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. My individual goal is to help make our team goal possible while having a fearless mindset in everything I do.
What can you tell the fans out there about your experience at Maryville as a student-athlete?
So far, my experience as a Maryville student-athlete has been very welcoming. The reason I transferred to Maryville is that I wanted to attend a school with a coaching staff willing to value me as a priority and that is exactly how I've been treated.
What is your favorite movie? Favorite candy? Favorite food?
Favorite Movie: Creed 2
Favorite candy: Anything chocolate
Favorite food: Pancakes
What is your major? What do you plan on doing after you graduate?
My major is Health and Wellness Promotion and I plan on being a college basketball coach after I graduate.
What advice do you give your incoming freshman teammates?
A quote that has always helped me is "Tough times don't last, tough people do". Freshman year can be a hard adjustment for everyone, but I learned this is the best attitude to have not only as a collegiate athlete but as a person in general.
Word Association game: Describe in One word the following players
Coach Creasy: Dedicated
Coach McCord: Trustworthy
Coach Placeres: Honest
Freshman Spotlight: Daryl Rice
Daryl, let the MC basketball fans know what high school you are from and what accolades you received as a student-athlete?
I am from Sandy Creek high school in Tyrone, Ga. In high school, I was on 1st Team All-Region in 4A and 1st team all-County. I was named best shooter in 4A and best defender in the county.
As every story is different tell the fans, why you chose Maryville?
I chose Maryville because of the environment. It is a small school where I knew I'd be able to focus on my work and the players and coaching staff had a welcoming atmosphere that I really liked.
If you were stuck on an island and needed to get out of there what two other teammates would you choose and why?
I would choose Nick and Felix. I would choose Nick because he and I could brainstorm a way on how to get off the island. I would choose Felix because he is athletic, and he can help put the boat or raft together.
What is your favorite movie? Candy? Food?
My favorite movie is Avengers: End Game, my favorite candy is the yellow and orange tootsie rolls, and my favorite food is Honey Hot Wings.
What NBA team are you following? Who is your favorite athlete and why?
I am following the Brooklyn Nets because Kyrie Irving is my favorite player. He is my favorite player because he is very smooth and crafty with the ball and the way he plays is mesmerizing.
Word Association game: Describe in One word the following players
Coach Creasy: Smart
Coach McCord: Encouraging
Coach Placeres: Winner
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