Iowa State Men’s Basketball: Cyclones searching for pass-first Tyrese Haliburton to locate his shot

Lindell Wigginton can’t even truly understand it. Steve Prohm needed to have an atypical meeting about it.

Tyrese Haliburton just won’t shoot.

All things considered, shoot enough, that is.

“His teammates tell him, we tell him, (the media) could tell him,” Prohm said Monday. “You could put a big article with just ‘Shoot’ in the headline.

“He just loves to pass.”

That is served Haliburton well as he as of now possesses the Cyclones’ single-game assist record of 17 set not long ago and is averaging 4.1 assists per amusement. The number that worries ISU, however, is that of the open shots he leaves behind each amusement.

“He’s got to be a little more aggressive in that,” Prohm said, “because sometimes we’re turning down good shots to see if we can get a great shot but sometimes that good shot is pretty good and we need to take it.”

It’s not simply that Haliburton isn’t pulling the trigger, it’s that when he really does he frequently hits his mark. The 6-foot-5 first year freshman guard is shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 44.6 percent from 3-point extend. More shots from him most likely methods more points for the Cyclones.

Film sessions that survey those missed chances regularly leave Haliburton angered.

“It usually gets under my skin because those are ones I know I should take,” he said. “I think the one the TCU game when we were making the comeback, I got kicked up to on a fast break and I didn’t take that one and we ended up turning it over. That one stung a little bit.

“Other ones like that because I know I can make that shot and I do it all the time, but to not take the one when it mattered like that or to see it on film, it usually irritates me a little bit then I try to change it the next game. Usually it happens at least once the next game, too.”

Haliburton’s yielding to his partners isn’t without legitimacy, however, with scorers like Marial Shayok, Talen Horton-Tucker and Wigginton on the floor.

“It’s in their blood to score,” Prohm said. “And (Haliburton) is kind of a good complement to that.”

Being around players whose DNA is implanted with a bucket-getting mentality leaves Haliburton’s diversion open to addressing by his partners.

“For me,” Wigginton said with a chuckle, “I ain’t passing up open shots.”

Haliburton, however, will.

“Me and coach had a meeting the other day,” Haliburton said, “and he was like this isn’t a conversation I usually have with people this far into the season.

“I guess if that’s my only problem right now, I guess I’ll take it.”

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