Shot clock for high school basketball not a sure thing, yet

Xavier's Hunter Plamann drives to the basket in the Division 3 state championship game last season. (File photo)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- This past summer it appeared high school basketball was getting the shot clock starting in the 2019-20 season, but Monday the WIAA said at an area meeting it will listen to schools before going forward.

Area athletics directors met with the WIAA at Fox Valley Lutheran and despite the Board of Control voting to implement the shot clock, it's not a done deal.

"It is up in the air," De Pere athletics director Jeff Byczek said.

The Board of Control voted on the shot clock without input from schools but there was a survey conducted. Interestingly, 80 percent of the high school basketball coaches responded voted in favor of the shot clock, but athletics directors were opposed by a vote of 74 percent.

"I'm not necessarily against the complete implementation of the shot clock, but I have concerns as do others about the finance for it and training the personnel properly to operate it," Xavier athletics director Kathy Bates said.

Byczek said he is in favor of the shot clock but understands both sides.

"I think that basketball, they're strictly thinking about it from a basketball standpoint and it's a natural progression," Byczek said. "There's a three-point line, there was the quarters going to halves. I get why we're looking at that."

"I think coaches are always going to come to an idea from the perspective of how it might enhance the game, whereas administration will come at it from a different perspective," WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said.

The WIAA has five more area meetings in the next two weeks where the shot clock will be discussed. It's possible a decision could be made on the shot clock by the end of 2017.

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