MSHSL votes to add 35-second shot clock to varsity basketball

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The Minnesota State High School League board unanimously voted Thursday to add a 35-second shot clock for boys and girls varsity basketball. Twin Cities affiliate KSTP reported the news Thursday afternoon.

The change will go into effect for the 2023-24 season. It is only mandated for varsity games.

New Duluth Denfeld boys basketball head coach Phill Homere said he welcomes the change but knows it will impact every team differently.

"I’m the type of coach that wants to get up and down the floor, so with that said I don’t really think it’s going to effect me," Homere said at practice Thursday. "It’s going to help the better teams because if they’re pressuring these teams and they only have the 35 seconds they have to, towards the end of the shot clock, they have to throw up a bad shot."

According to tweets from one of the MSHSL media specialists attending the board meeting today, feedback from a survey to MSHSL member schools about shot clocks revealed that 18% of schools already have them, 26% say they could have them in place by the 2022-23 season and 31% say they could have them installed by 2023-24 season.

Additionally, there was a concern from 67% of schools about finding and training shot clock operators, as well as other costs related to shot clocks.

Homere added that Denfeld may need to wait until the deadline to transition in order to find and train clock operators.

Also discussed during the meeting is that the majority of the current season state tournaments will happen at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota due to availability conflicts with Target Center.