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October 7, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Brockman pounding the free throws

With the football team on a bye this week, it seemed like a good time to catch up with the basketball team, which begins practice on Oct. 17.
So a few of us talked with coach Lorenzo Romar and a couple of the players today and I’ll try to parse out some of that over the next day or so.
Of most note today might have been Jon Brockman detailing his free throw regimen this season.
The Huskies, as was well noted, were a horrible free throw shooting team last season, something that probably cost them 3-4 games, and maybe an NCAA Tournament berth.
And Brockman, for all of his greatness in other areas, was among the biggest offenders, shooting 51.9 percent for the season and under 50 percent in Pac-10 play.
But in typical Brockman fashion, it’s not something he’s trying to run from. Instead, he met it head on this summer, saying he set out three nights a week over the summer to shoot free throws, not leaving until he had made 500. He often went to a sports club in Lake Stevens, enlisting a couple of fifth-graders — one fittingly named Spencer — to help him rebound.
He said it usually took him 90 minutes or so to complete the 500 — he said his average attempts was about 570, meaning he made about 86 percent.
For the summer, he estimated he made 11,400 free throws.
He often did the workouts under the tutelage of a coach from his Snohomish AAU days, Gary Doty, who he said helped “clean up my mechanics so it got to where I shoot it the same way every time.”
Brockman says he’s confident the work will pay off.
“It will be better this year,” he vowed.
The team also tried to address the issue in its daily scrimmages. To win, a team has to score seven points. But this year, the team decided that to win, a team had to score seven, and then the player who scored it had to make two free throws. If he missed one, the team went back to six.
“It’s something we realize as a group we need to do a lot better,” Brockman said. “It cost us some games last year and if we can make those we can do a lot better this year.”

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