Jim McElwain is known for his ability to coach football players, but he does it with the help of some basketball lingo.
The former high school basketball player still draws parallels between his two favorite sports, using basketball references when discussing the Gators’ passing game during press conferences.
We’ve already heard some interesting answers using basketball terminology from McElwain. What does it all mean? We did our best to try and crack the code.
Layups= Routes on air in practice: “You know, really it’s a mindset of how important everything you do is. I think sometimes, routes on air for guys is like, ‘Hey. We’re just getting warmed up.’ Some guys go through shooting layups and others don’t, you know what I’m getting at? It’s not the idea of the drill, but more so the mindset of what it takes to be successful in everything you do.”
Layups= Short, easy passes (in this case): “We’ve actually gotten a little better on layups. We actually made a couple of those. That’s a positive.”
Free throws and layups=Short, east passes; 3-pointers=Downfield passes; Stroking the ball: Throwing: “For the most part, we’re starting to make some free throws and make some open layups. Probably not great on 3-pointers yet, but right now at least we’re stroking the ball pretty decent.”
Half-court shot= Really long pass; 19.9/High school 3-point line=Downfield passes: “I’m not asking them to make half-court shots. I’m just asking them to hit one from 19.9 and that’s what we’ve got to be able to do.”
Rebounders= Receivers that are aggressive when going up to catch a ball: “It’s what makes a guy like Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman great rebounders. They maybe didn’t have the stature or whatever, but when that thing was up there, they were the guy and it was theirs. It was a mentality. I think we have to develop that confidence and that mentality that when the ball is there I’m going to get it.”