Why Is There No Shot Clock in High School Basketball?

Kevin CacabelosSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  A detail of the backboard and shot clock as a basketball goes thru the hoop as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Ohio State Buckeyes during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

After watching several high school basketball games this past winter, it is a wonder to me on why there is no shot clock for boys' games.

On the girls' side, a 35-second shot clock is implemented, but on the boys' side the shot clock is non-existent.

There really is no reason of why not to have the shot clock.

Pricing and implementation would be minimal, with most high-school gyms already having a shot-clock because of the girls game. Boys' games would emulate all other levels of the game, including college and in the NBA.

Also, with a shot clock, teams wouldn't be able to stall near the end of the games. Fans will be attracted because of the faster pace that results from having a shot clock.

At the same time, defense is rewarded more often when a team on offense is unable to get a shot up in 35 seconds. The shot clock also opens up new strategy and game situations for coaches and players alike.

The people that are against implementing a shot clock only dislike it for one reason: change. My bet is that sooner or later those who make the rules (WIAA) will realize that the benefits of having a shot clock in boys' basketball far outweigh the negatives (basically nothing), and change the rule.

There really is no draw-back to having a shot clock. Me and other basketball fans are still clueless on the matter. Please, WIAA, do something!