September 07, 2011
Abdul Gaddy's quest to become a more consistent outside shooter this season requires the Washington guard to break out his calculator each day.
In an effort to sink 18,000 jump shots before Washington's official first day of practice in mid-October, Gaddy is keeping a chart of how many makes per day he has on a piece of notebook paper in his room. The 6-foot-3 junior posted a picture of the chart on Twitter on Tuesday night which showed he's nearly halfway to his target.
Gaddy's efforts this offseason should be encouraging for Washington because his ability to consistently sink open jumpers will be critical for the Huskies next season.
As a result of the arrival of highly touted point guard Tony Wroten, Gaddy may have to play off ball alongside the gifted freshman for long stretches of games. The only way that pairing can work is if Gaddy continues to develop as a perimeter threat to complement Wroten's ability to break down defenses off the dribble.
Gaddy shot a woeful 3 of 20 from three-point range as a freshman, but he improved as a sophomore, sinking 40.6 percent of his attempts from behind the arc prior to suffering a season-ending knee injury in January. The former elite recruit expects to be back in time for the start of practice to bolster a versatile Washington perimeter unit that already includes Wroten, ultra-talented 6-foot-6 forward Terrence Ross and sharp shooters Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox.
Interestingly enough, Gaddy isn't the lone Pac-12 guard keeping track of his made jump shots. Arizona's Kyle Fogg told Jim Rome on Tuesday that he's made 28,000 of the 40,000 jumpers he has attempted this summer in an effort to regain the shooting stroke he had as a sophomore when he sank more than 41.7 percent of his three-pointers.
Seventy percent shooting on jumpers is superb even for practice. Hopefully Fogg has a handmade chart in his room to keep himself motivated as well.