The change to a 30-second shot clock simply wasn’t enough for LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones.
If given the opportunity, the Tigers head man said he would make college basketball more like the NBA by instituting a 24-second shot clock.
When given the hypothetical scenario of being able to change one rule, Jones was quick to give that shot clock as an answer during Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference.
“I just think you’re going to have to play faster,” Jones explained. “I think there are more opportunities (with a shorter shot clock). For us, we’re an up-tempo team. And I think you get more opportunities and more possessions. I think it would be more exciting for the fans as well, having the game at a quicker pace. That’s another six seconds less that you’re playing there, and you’re going to have to react quicker on the offensive end of the floor.”
Not to be greedy, but Jones also threw in a second modification to the rules to go with his proposed shortened shot clock.
He also would like to eliminate the five-second count on a held ball when defended. He explained that the shortened shot clock would eliminate the need to force that issue, as an offensive player will not have much time to hold the ball in an isolated position on the court without a violation.
These rules aren’t necessarily under serious review for change, but a college basketball teleconference in June is a great place to get hypothetical.