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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Point Guard Project - Luke Ridnour

Welcome to the second edition of the Point Guard Project.

Our previous participants:
PGP1 - John Lucas

This time we're joined by Luke Ridnour.

The PGP questions:

1) Who did you watch play growing up? And whose game did you try to emulate?

2) What was your first memorable point guard match-up, when you first got into the league?

3) What is your definition for the job of a point guard?

4) How do you determine when to shoot vs. when to pass?

5) What is a typical workout for you like?

6) Do you have any words of advice for young aspiring point guards?

Luke Ridnour is 31, in his 10th year in the league.
Listed as 6'2'' and 175 ibs, Luke was drafted 14th out of Oregon.

He has career averages of 9.9 points and 4.9 assists a game (almost 10 & 5!).
His career highs are 32 points, 15 assists, and 9 rebounds, respectively.
And FYI, Luke was a McDonald's All-American out of high school and PAC 10 player of the year his junior year in college.

Mr. Ridnour, welcome to the PGP:

Summary of answers:
1) Watched John Stockton & old footage of Pistol Pete Maravich

2) First memorable matchup: Mark Jackson. He was bigger and posted up......the whole game.

3) Job of a point guard: lead the team. Get guys in the right spot and get everyone in the best position possible to succeed.

4) When to shoot vs. pass: Depends on how the game is going. If guys are making shots, then just run the team. If guys aren't making shots, start the spark by making things happen.

5) Workout, during the season: not so much about the number of shots. Take game shots: pick and rolls, live shots, spot up threes. Pick and rolls and spot ups are almost the only shots he takes.

6) For aspiring point guards: It's a medium between being aggressive and leading the team. But always be aggressive - it makes things happen and opens things up for others. And learn how to dribble with both hands, "that's huge."

Much thanks to Luke Ridnour for his time!
Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Point Guard Project!
Stay tuned for more!

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