Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tinsley puts in extra work

by Barca Blog

Two hours following Vanderbilt's 95-87 victory over Florida on Saturday,  head coach Kevin Stallings returned to Memorial Gym to retrieve some items from his office.

On the way, he found sophomore guard Brad Tinsley, who was held scoreless (0-for-6) against the Gators, working on his shooting stroke on the practice floor.

Tinsley wasn't told to be there. He did it on his own accord.

"(Brad's) not going to sit there and take it lying down," Stallings said. "He's working to get out of it."

Stallings knows that throughout the lengthy season, players will go through slumps at one point or another. It's just the nature of the beast.

Tinsley just happens to be the latest one. He's struggled to find his touch by going 2-for-17 from the field in his last three games including 0-for-10 from behind the arc.

"It's a topic that we're trying to address," Stallings said about Tinsley's shooting. "It's mental. Brad's taking good shots. You look at the arch on it and you look at his follow through. He's shooting it properly."

While the usually-reliable sharpshooter is having difficulties with putting the ball in the hoop, Stallings contends that there's more to the game than just scoring.

"Brad's passing and his post-feeding continue to be a tremendous asset for our team," Stallings stated. "He's really cut down on his turnovers lately and he continues to make good passes to get the ball where it needs to be.

"Right now the shooting thing has just gotten into his head a little bit and he's going to have to work that out. Other than that, Brad's play has been very solid and stable."

Last season, Tinsley led the Commodores in three-point percentage (.411) and tied the school's three-point field goals made record (69) by a freshman.

No question, the guy can shoot. It's just a matter of time before he knocks down a few shots and gets his confidence back.

Let's hope it starts tonight at Alabama. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on CSS. You can follow the action on VUcommodores.com.

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