Originally written on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 11/16/14
On Tuesday I wrote a season review about Titus Rubles. In that post, I noted what everyone already know, that Rubles made just 4 three pointers this season. There could easily be a post about the 43 or 44 three point attempts that Titus attempted, but this post is about the 4 that he made. How did such a bad 3 point shooter only make four? Or you could say how could such a decent shooter, around 41% on 2 pointers, be such a terrible 3 point shooter? A lot of that is because of his shooting form. Some of that is because of his range. There is something similar that I noticed about all 4 of these makes that you can't say about all of Rubles' attempts. We'll get to that after the picture show. All the images in this post are from WatchESPN. November 13, 2012 Make #1 Rubles has the ball up top. He waves off JaQuon Parker, but he will move towards where Parker had the screen/post up. Titus had some space on his man, who was expecting a drive, pulled up and drilled it. January 5, 2013 Make #2 UC was in transition. Rubles immediately ran to the corner for the highest percentage shot. He was unguarded. The shot went up and he was still unguarded. Easy bucket. Well, easy shot attempt. Make #3 Rubles got the ball in the corner after an inbound play. The man was late coming out on him, leaving Rubles with another easy look from 3. This one wasn't quite the corner, but it was higher percentage than most of his attempts. Make #4 This is a high leverage situation for Cincinnati. You can see Cashmere Wright's left hand. He pointed Rubles to the left. This was a smart move. The St John's big man didn't pretend to close out. Rubles hit his last 3 of the season to put UC down by 1. Rubles would later attempt the game winning shot for Cincinnati. You probably know what happened there. The thing that all 4 of these shots had in common was that Rubles put the ball up right away. When I think back to some of Titus' 3 point attempts later in the season, the second thing I think of after him missing is hesitation. He never seemed fully confident on pulling the trigger. He would pull the trigger on long 2s. He would definitely shoot a lot. The 3 point shot was clearly in his head. That's a hurdle he's going to have to overcome next season. He doesn't need to take high leverage shots like in the St John's game. He just needs to be confident putting the ball up. That being said, he should rarely put the ball up from 3 unless he is wide open. He will be wide open in November and December by design. Teams are going to give him looks. He's got to do what he rarely did last year, make them pay.
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