Why a 24-second shot clock is needed 

July, 18, 2014
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shot clockSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe NBA has played with a 24-second shot clock since 1954. Could it happen in college basketball?


To many, the idea of reducing the college shot clock from 35 seconds to 24 seconds is sacrilegious. But it makes too much sense to me.

To start: a 24-second clock would be more closely aligned to the NBA, NCAA and FIBA, creating a more cohesive global game.

The NBA has been playing with a 24-second shot clock since the 1954 season. Some might argue that the NBA is able to use a shorter clock since its rosters feature the very best players in the world. But FIBA has been utilizing the shorter clock at every level of basketball too -- including in preteen play. Young FIBA players grow up with an "internal shot clock" in their mind.

With proper instruction, college basketball players would make a quick adjustment to the new rule.