Thursday, November 25, 2010

Update on new gig for System guru Dave Arnold

You remember him, right? He led Whitmore Lake HS in Michigan to a 14-7 record last season while putting up huge numbers, then took his talents to Monroe HS, also in Michigan. Just a reminder of what Coach Arnold saw his team do last season:

- Averaged 90 points
- Made a school-record 356 3-pointers
- Set a Michigan record with 29 3-pointers in a 117-80 victory over Morenci on Jan. 21, 2010
- Enjoyed a 10-game winning streak late in the season, during which his team averaged 94.8 points

I checked in with Coach Arnold to see how it was going getting The System installed at Monroe; he doesn't open his season until Dec. 10, so he has a little more time to prepare. Here is what he e-mailed me:

Coach Arnold: "So far, things are progressing about as expected. Offensively, they're picking up the concepts in drills. However, when we kick into 5-on-5 situations, we still tend to revert to disorganized playground ball. Defensively, we just started with the basic structure this week, so that's a work in progress, but I can tell we have a ways to go in terms of understanding the effort and intensity needed to drive the press. All-in-all, they're picking it up pretty well, but the real test will be the scrimmages (Friday) and next Friday."

Good luck to him and this new set of Trojans (that also was the mascot at Whitmore Lake, in case you forgot). Hopefully, we'll get some info on those scrimmages.

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