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Beilein heavy on visual feedback in early practices

by Greg Talkington

SPORTS WRITER

MORGANTOWN -- New West Virginia basketball coach John Beilein likes the attitude of his players.

Following a pair of two-a-

day practices over the weekend, Beilein believes his team is capable of executing his offense, which emphasizes cutting, passing and screening for shooters.

"The attitude has been tremendous," he said. "These kids want to learn."

Beilein has instituted drills which will help in game situations. To reinforce his point, players view film of how the drill is used in game situations.

"Kids today are visual learners because with PlayStation and things of that sort, they're accustomed to learning off the screen," Beilein said. "When they see one of the Stevens brothers at Richmond using a skill developed from a drill to score on Vince Carter in the NCAA Tournament, that gives more credence to it than anything I can say to them."

The coach says every drill is correlated to how it's used in game situations and then reinforced by film.

Beilein says technology has made it easier to use video in his coaching arsenal.

"I started using video in 1976 with my jayvee team and the improvement after about two weeks was quite evident," Beilein said. "Back then, you used reel-to-reel and Super-8 and did it with two VCRs and it took a long, long time to do.

"Now we have a new editing system that makes it really quick to do."

The Mountaineers watched about 25 minutes of film before taking the floor for practice Monday.

"This is something we'll do all season with them," Beilein said. "I believe this is the best way for them to learn, watching themselves on tape and watching others."

Sports writer Greg Talkington can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at gtalkington@exponent-telegram.com

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