Coach Pastner has a lot of things on his agenda going into this season. He has been busy since last season ended with a loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. His team better be ready to run up and down the court on every possession. Conditioning is s top priority for this year’s Memphis Tigers’ squad.
In the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament last November, Memphis seemed tired early in their games. As a result, they lost two of three games. Pastner was not pleased with how his team played and came up with a solution. He put them through “boot camp”, which means they ran nonstop conditioning drills so they can get in better shape.
Pastner doesn’t want to get off to a slow start like he did last season so, running them up and down the court will hopefully help. Memphis officially starts practice on Oct. 3 but Pastner is pushing his players to the limit now instead of later.
“This is something I’m correcting,” said Pastner. “We’re going to grind them and work them hard, but I’m also careful of knowing never to overdo it either. But I’m going to get them in the best possible shape and push them past their comfort zone.”
During this offseason, Memphis has been focusing on defense, which Pastner wants his players to be better at. Full-court pressing is what Pastner is pushing for his players to do more of.
“To be able to do it, I want us to be in the shape to do it, and that’s why I’m doing some of the on-court conditioning,” said Pastner. “The No. 1 thing on the press is the conversion from offensive made basket to defensive full-court press. The natural tendency is to go back to defend your basket. That takes time to change.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.