Collegiate great and former NBA player Gregory “Bo” Kimble spent some time with members of Solon’s basketball teams last week. Kimble helped run drills with Spartan players Thursday, June 14, at the invitation of Solon head coach Brad Randall.
Randall was interested in adapting the offense run by Kimble’s high-scoring Loyola Marymount team in the late 1980s.
Kimble had helped implement the offense at Shoreline Community College near Seattle with coach Greg Turcott, and the two later produced a DVD of the offensive scheme which Randall had purchased. Randall contacted Turcott with questions about the offense, and the two ended up having a lot in common. Turcott offered to come out to Iowa to help teach the system to Randall, his coaches and players.
“You gotta run like you can’t believe,” said Randall of the Loyola system. “But it’s very exciting.” With the potential for a very deep bench the next two years, Randall plans to make the ultra-fastbreak offense a staple in Solon. Randall said he had over 40 kids participate in informal open gyms at the high school. “With that kind of interest, you’d like to play as many kids as you can,” he said. He admitted that the offense is demanding, but said players responded well to Kimble’s appearance.
“He was very inspiring,” Randall said of Kimble. “It was a lot of fun to work with a legend.”
Kimble led the nation in scoring in 1990 with 35.3 points per game. His Loyola team defeated defending national champions Michigan during the NCAA Tournament. (photo by Doug Lindner)