Paul Biancardi recently responded to a questioner on twitter who asked if a shot clock was needed at the high school level. The ESPN basketball recruiting analyst responded in the positive and boy am I glad he did.
I remember a game in high school, where the other team would hold the ball on offense for long periods of time, and if we did not gamble for steals then basically they would not shoot it.
It was infuriating, but at the same time you had to play a perfect basketball game because literally one mistake could cost you the game. I think we ended up winning like 6-4, but you cannot put parents and fans through a basketball game as exhaustively boring as that. High school basketball deserves better and hopefully one day it will reach the same level with the shot clock as at least college.
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) October 16, 2013
Thanks to Paul for his wizened opinion on this, and it was my great pleasure to shake his hand at last Spring’s NHSI tournament. He did an excellent job calling the games, and it is my hope that he is chosen to call them next year too. His opinion is one that I definitely trust and if he is in support of the shot clock, then hopefully it can arrive in the near future.