Vols benefitting from Jarnell Stokes' improved free-throw percentage

Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes prepares to shoot free throws against Alabama during a game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. UT won the game 54-53, bringing their SEC record to 2-4.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes prepares to shoot free throws against Alabama during a game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. UT won the game 54-53, bringing their SEC record to 2-4.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Cuonzo Martin tells his players to fan out across Pratt Pavilion — two per basket to practice free throws — watch Jarnell Stokes.

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johnlg00 writes:

The difference in the way Jarnell shoots his FTs this year is amazing. He has great form on nearly every attempt this year. He is getting the ball more on his fingers and less in the palm. He is getting just enough leg action that he doesn't have to try to "flip" them up the way he often did in the past.

On the other hand, Maymon has regressed in his shooting form from a couple of years ago. I watched him carefully in the Bahamas tournament, and he was shooting exclusively with his arms; he might as well have been sitting in a chair shooting them, for all the leg action he was getting into his shot. This certainly shouldn't have anything to do with how his knees are feeling. All he needs is just a little knee flex to greatly improve the touch on his shot.

Another one I am somewhat concerned about with his FT shooting is McRae; he should be shooting about 80% but I suspect he is well under that so far this year. For some reason, he just looks way more casual about putting them up this year, like he EXPECTS to make it no matter how he puts it up. The Vols are actually shooting FTs pretty well compared to lots of other teams this year. I just hope they continue to improve because they should have LOTS of chances to get FREE POINTS this year.

Plasticman85 writes:

Free throws have already cost us 2 games this year, Xavier and UTEP. For some reason, there are games where this team looks completely out of sync at the line. Hopefully there won't be too many more games like these as we should be 7-0 at this point if we had just made our FT's. come tourney time, the teams that make FT's will advance.

BenFrederickson writes:

in response to johnlg00:

The difference in the way Jarnell shoots his FTs this year is amazing. He has great form on nearly every attempt this year. He is getting the ball more on his fingers and less in the palm. He is getting just enough leg action that he doesn't have to try to "flip" them up the way he often did in the past.

On the other hand, Maymon has regressed in his shooting form from a couple of years ago. I watched him carefully in the Bahamas tournament, and he was shooting exclusively with his arms; he might as well have been sitting in a chair shooting them, for all the leg action he was getting into his shot. This certainly shouldn't have anything to do with how his knees are feeling. All he needs is just a little knee flex to greatly improve the touch on his shot.

Another one I am somewhat concerned about with his FT shooting is McRae; he should be shooting about 80% but I suspect he is well under that so far this year. For some reason, he just looks way more casual about putting them up this year, like he EXPECTS to make it no matter how he puts it up. The Vols are actually shooting FTs pretty well compared to lots of other teams this year. I just hope they continue to improve because they should have LOTS of chances to get FREE POINTS this year.

Hey John,

Thanks for reading, as always. Here's the FT percentage of every Vol this season, with a couple of notes ...

*Jordan McRae: 74.5% (38-51)
Jarnell Stokes: 68.5% (37-54)
**Jeronne Maymon: 63.2% (24-38)
Antonio Barton: 52.9% (9-17)
Josh Richardson: 75% (15-20)
Robert Hubbs: 85.7% (6-7)
Darius Thompson: 80% (12-15)
A.J. Davis: 25% (1-4)
Armani Moore: 63.6% (7-11)
Rawane Ndiaye: 42.9% (3-7)
Quinton Chievous: 0% (0-1)
D'Montre Edwards: 100% (4-4)

*McRae is missing a few more than usual. He shot 77.1 percent from the line last season.

**Maymon has never been a great FT shooter. His form might be a bit different, but he entered the season a with a career percentage of 61.3. He shot 65.8 percent in 11-12.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BenFrederickson:

Hey John,

Thanks for reading, as always. Here's the FT percentage of every Vol this season, with a couple of notes ...

*Jordan McRae: 74.5% (38-51)
Jarnell Stokes: 68.5% (37-54)
**Jeronne Maymon: 63.2% (24-38)
Antonio Barton: 52.9% (9-17)
Josh Richardson: 75% (15-20)
Robert Hubbs: 85.7% (6-7)
Darius Thompson: 80% (12-15)
A.J. Davis: 25% (1-4)
Armani Moore: 63.6% (7-11)
Rawane Ndiaye: 42.9% (3-7)
Quinton Chievous: 0% (0-1)
D'Montre Edwards: 100% (4-4)

*McRae is missing a few more than usual. He shot 77.1 percent from the line last season.

**Maymon has never been a great FT shooter. His form might be a bit different, but he entered the season a with a career percentage of 61.3. He shot 65.8 percent in 11-12.

Thanks for the info, Ben. I guess appearances can be deceiving! I am just shocked when McRae misses a pair, which he has done a time or two this year. Maymon has always seemed a bit streaky to me at the line. IIRC, he had a stretch in 2011-2 where he was making nearly all of them. I would have thought while he was recovering from his knee problems that he would have put in some serious time on them and improve greatly at the line. I'm actually somewhat surprised that Jarnell's average is that low. I think he knows now how he OUGHT to shoot them, it's just a matter of remembering on every stroke to get the ball off his palm, flex his knees, and follow through. Based on these stats, nearly everybody who has had double-digit attempts is shooting rather well. I'm a little disappointed about Barton; surely hope he gets zeroed in soon. Whatever else one may have said about Golden, he was nearly always cash money at the line in crunch time.

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