It’s something that’s been talked about for a long time. Each state has their own solution while some states simply don’t address the issue. Players have weighed in, coaches have weighed in, athletic directors have weight and everyone under the sun has probably expressed their opinion of the matter one way or another. But one thing’s certain: the debate regarding shot clocks is certainly tipping the scales on one end and not the other.
Lets see what the top prospects in the country have to say: shot clock or no shot clock?
TJ Warren | Senior | Small Forward | Brewster Academy | North Carolina State
“Yes, there should definitely be a shot clock because it prepares us for next year. I really enjoy having one in high school. Having a shot clock is important because at the next two levels in college and in the NBA there’s a shot clock so it gets you ready. I think 35 seconds is a good amount because that’s the college one.”
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera | Senior | Point Guard | Oak Hill Academy | Georgetown
“I think there should be. It’s in college and in the NBA and I think they should stay consistent and prepare all the athletes that plan on continuing basketball in college. Getting it in the high school game is very important and it should be 35 seconds like at the collegiate level.”
Jordan Price | Senior | Shooting Guard | Southwest DeKalb HS | Auburn
“I believe there should be a shot clock in high school because players will be more prepared for the college level coming out of high school. If there’s a shot clock teams can’t slow down the game or stop it by holding the ball and players who are going to the next level will have more experience with it.”
Katin Reinhardt | Senior | Point Guard | Mater Dei HS | UNLV
“I think there should be a shot clock because the games without a shot clock are long and boring! It will help get you ready for college because once you get used to it you won’t panic with the shortened amount of time to get off a shot. It speeds up the game. Once you get to college you’re already adapting to the next speed of the game so why make it more difficult and make players adjust to a shot clock too?”
Jordan Adams | Senior | Small Forward | Oak Hill Academy | UCLA
“Yes, there should be a shot clock in high school basketball because it prepares us for college and it speeds up the game. It negatively affects guys who will play in college because you’re not really used to creating your own shot at the end of the clock running down. I don’t think it really matters though, but if it’s changed it should be 35 like college.”
Troy Williams | Junior | Small Forward | Phoebus HS | Undecided
“Yes. It will get you ready for the college level. It will keep the flow of the game going faster and longer and you can play more basketball. The thing is not everyone is experienced enough in high school yet. It should be like 30 seconds because it’s in between the NBA (24) and college (35).”
Tyler Ennis | Junior | Point Guard | St. Benedict’s | Undecided
“I definitely think there should be shot clocks because the teams we play don’t have as much talent as us and they can’t keep up with us so they just try to waste time and I think that really takes away from the game and that isn’t what the game is about. At the next level where a lot of people are trying to go they have a shot clock and maybe it’s a good strategy if you aren’t playing to compete and you aren’t that good but it definitely takes away from the game in my opinion.”