The ACC has announced that they will be testing out the 30-second shot clock for their men’s basketball exhibition games instead of the current 35-second shot clock. Coaches have been advocating for this change for a while as the NBA/WNBA currently has a 24-second shot clock and women’s college basketball has a 30-second shot clock. Men’s basketball currently has the longest shot clock.
ACC commissioner John Swofford spoke on media day on Wednesday saying, “The goal of the recommendation, which came from our coaches and was ratified by our athletic directors, was to see if this had the potential to increase the number of possessions and ultimately speed up the game. And we look forward to sharing whatever experiences we have with that with the men’s basketball rules committee at the end of the season.”
Duke Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is a big proponent of this change saying, “A kid playing in Italy plays with a 24-second clock. They learn how to play basketball; they don’t learn how to hold the ball. The fact that we don’t have a shot clock in high school basketball throughout our country, I think that’s wrong. I’m a big proponent of at least a 30-second clock.”
Even though a complete change will take some time, this is a good first step to make the rules for basketball uniform across the world.