UW MBB: Khalil Iverson’s arc progressing in hoops, school


UWBadgers.com Senior Writer

MADISON, Wis. —  After a full day of classes and a tutoring session, Khalil Iverson headed over to the Kohl Center to shoot some free throws Monday night with the assistance of another "tutor" — the Noah shot tracker, a computerized shooting aide that measures the arc and depth of each attempt and relays the information to the shooter. The optimum angle of entry for the basketball is 45 degrees.

"Khalil is probably in the low 40s to high 30s," estimated Wisconsin coach Greg Gard.

With a flatter trajectory, the shot has to be far more precise. Iverson is shooting 53 percent (18-of-34) from the free throw line. His jumper also tends to be flat, especially from the perimeter, where he's making 33 percent (4-of-12) from outside the arc. Meanwhile, he's shooting 57 percent on two-pointers, which is not surprising since his dunks have always been a reliable element of his game.

"Offensively, he's still very momentum-driven," Gard said. "If he gets one or two (shots) to go early, it kind of snowballs from there. If he gets a dunk, that fuels his fire a little bit. He hasn't gotten to the point yet where he's creating offense for himself. Defensively, he's starting to understand the assignments that he's getting and how important they are and he's taking some pride in that."

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