Missouri Basketball: Kim English enjoying career year for Mizzou

Kim English had a terrible 2010-11 season, by all accounts. He only averaged 10 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting a disappointing 36.6 percent from the floor. That’s not what the Missouri Tigers were expecting from one of the team leaders and it ended up making the season a disappointing one.

But this year, English looks rejuvenated. He’s playing the best basketball of his life, averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while making an outstanding 60.7 percent of his shots.

A lot of English’s success can be traced back to Mizzou’s offseason coaching change. Former coach Mike Anderson left the Tigers to be the head coach of Arkansas and Missouri hired Frank Haith to replace him.

Anderson’s coaching style had his players running all over the court in what he liked to call “organized chaos”. The problem with that style is that you have to have the right players in order for it to be successful.

Back in the days of J.T. Tiller and DeMarre Carroll, that style worked well, getting the Tigers all the way to the Elite 8. But, once those players graduated, the system didn’t work as well. English was handling the ball way too much. He’s more effective as a spot-up shooter.

Under Haith’s system, the Tigers are working more with a half court offense, making English and fellow senior Marcus Denmon into spot-up shooters, where they are thriving.

Mizzou is at its best when the ball-handling duties are left to Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon, who are also enjoying great seasons.

As long as English and Denmon keep hitting their shots, the Tigers have the ability to make a run at the Big 12 Championship.

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