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Why a 24-second shot clock is needed

7/18/2014
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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.