Texas UIL Strongly Considering Shot Clock for Basketball
I ran into a varsity high school boys basketball coach last week and he told me that Texas was seriously considering adding a shot clock for high school basketball. My first reaction was "wow, Texas still does not play with a shot clock?" I was more surprised to find out that only eight states use a shot clock for high school hoops. Here is the current list:
State Boys Girls
California 35 seconds 30 seconds
Maryland none 30 seconds
Massachusetts 30 seconds 30 seconds
New York 35 seconds 30 seconds
North Dakota 35 seconds 30 seconds
Rhode Island 35 seconds 30 seconds
South Dakota 35 seconds 35 seconds
Washington 35 seconds 30 seconds
According to the Dallas Morning News, cost is a big reason why Texas has said no in the past to a shot clock. The average price to wire a shot clock to an existing gym could be around $2,000. Even if Texas only installs them in 5-A and 6-A schools, there are roughly 513 gymnasiums. The total cost would exceed a million dollars.
Another reason the state has resisted the shot clock movement is because some coaches would rather play a slower tempo game or they prefer holding onto the ball late in a game with a slim lead rather than shoot it. Personally, I prefer watching a high school game with the same set of rules like college basketball.