Remember my player groupings from a week or so ago? Let’s revisit where the GSC West players stand based on my schedule-strength-adjusted PER ratings so far. I’ve changed some of the boundaries for the levels to even out the number of players.
Elite players (aPER > 25): Kenny Langhorne (SAU), Randy George (HSU), Jasper Johnson (DSU), Johnathan Holland (UAM), Kevin Weybright (CBU), Darryl Jones (UCA), Lonnie Smith (HU), Brandon Sims (HU)
Great players (20-25): Leon Stone (SAU), Kelvin Brown (HSU), Patrick Andrepont (HU), Stephin Booth (UCA), Nate Newell (UAM), Sam Bradley (CBU), Andrew Stanek (ATU), Denarryl Rice (ATU), Lucky Butler (OBU), Brandon White (SAU), Alassane Savadogo (HU), Sandrell Spann (DSU), M’Jumbe (J.B.) Williams (UAM)
Good players (17-20): DeMarcus Wilson (UAM), Donte Norton (HSU), Marlon McCoy (DSU), Colby Harris (DSU), Victor Brown (DSU), George Kirby (OBU), Rone Smith (ATU), Adam Brock (CBU), Brandon Mayweather (UAM)
Average players (13-17): Cole Kee (HU), Jeremy Richardson (DSU), Ronnie Smith (SAU), Turmaine Rice (DSU), Chris Montgomery (SAU), Travis Degroot (DSU), Billy McDaniel (UAM), Joey Cortez (UCA), Justin DeLamar (OBU)
Below average players (10-13): Brian Ross (OBU), Brandon Dawson (OBU), Damon Harris (OBU), Daniel Munday (OBU), Ike O’Hanson (ATU), Roberto Casiano (CBU), Dedric Spooner (HSU), Corey Green (SAU), Antoine Vinson (HSU)
Well below average players (8-10): Jaranimo Marks (OBU), Cedric Davis (SAU), Chad Wise (UCA), Lonnie Jackson (SAU), Josh Bateman (ATU), LeMar Phillips (UCA), Justin Ray (CBU)
Inefficient players (5-8): Reggie Bibb (HU), Paul Walker (CBU), Colin Flynn (CBU), Randy Oliver (OBU), Marques Collins (HSU), Jacob Thies (HU), Brandon Bealer (SAU), Marcus Lyons (ATU), Brandon Lipsey (UCA), Frederick Campbell (UCA)
Very inefficient players (5 and below): Nick Kohs (CBU), Joel Casseus (ATU), Rowan Ledbetter (OBU), Fernando Johnson (UCA), Brandon Daniels (HSU), Levi Harris (HSU), Steven Barnett (HU), Durran Goodwin (UAM)
Players by school:
Arkansas-Monticello: 1 elite, 2 great, 2 good, 1 average, 1 very inefficient
Arkansas Tech: 2 great, 1 good, 1 below average, 1 well below average, 1 inefficient, 1 very inefficient
Central Arkansas: 1 elite, 1 great, 1 average, 2 well below average, 2 inefficient
Christian Brothers: 1 elite, 1 great, 1 good, 1 below average, 1 well below average, 2 inefficient, 1 very inefficient
Delta State: 1 elite, 1 great, 3 good, 3 average
Harding: 2 elite, 2 great, 1 good, 2 inefficient, 1 very inefficient
Henderson State: 1 elite, 1 great, 1 good, 1 below average, 1 inefficient, 2 very inefficient
Ouachita Baptist: 1 great, 1 good, 1 average, 4 below average, 1 well below average, 1 inefficient, 1 very inefficient
Southern Arkansas: 1 elite, 2 great, 2 average, 1 below average, 2 well below average, 1 inefficient
Now, I’ll break down players by abilities. Again, these are players averaging at least 10 minutes per game over 3 or more games. These numbers are not adjusted for schedule strength, so you might want to give the Henderson State players some extra credit while taking Delta State and Arkansas Tech’s numbers with a grain of salt.
Rebounding (Rebound Rate):
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1||Alassane Savadogo||HU||29.6%||Marlon McCoy||DSU||2.5%|
|2||Randy George||HSU||28.1%||Cedric Davis||SAU||3.0%|
|3||Ike O’Hanson||ATU||22.5%||Rowan Ledbetter||OBU||3.1%|
|4||George Kirby||OBU||21.6%||Reggie Bibb||HU||3.7%|
|5||Justin DeLamar||OBU||20.8%||Justin Ray||CBU||3.9%|
|6||Stephin Booth||UCA||19.8%||Turmaine Rice||DSU||4.5%|
|7||Sandrell Spann||DSU||19.3%||Brandon Bealer||SAU||4.5%|
|8||Colby Harris||DSU||18.2%||Joey Cortez||UCA||4.6%|
|9||Johnathan Holland||UAM||18.1%||Josh Bateman||ATU||4.7%|
|10||Andrew Stanek||ATU||17.9%||Corey Green||SAU||5.1%|
Savadogo is getting nearly 30% of available rebounds when he’s on the floor, which is phenomenal. The only problems are his high usage rate and low assist ratio, which suggest that he doesn’t do much to help the team after he gets those rebounds. On the other end of the spectrum, players like Marlon McCoy basically don’t offer any rebounding help for their teams, and they are all guards, to the best of my knowledge.
Passing (Assist Ratio):
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1||Marlon McCoy||DSU||52.1||Chad Wise||UCA||0.0|
|2||Travis DeGroot||DSU||50.1||Fernando Johnson||UCA||0.0|
|3||Roberto Casiano||CBU||42.5||Marques Collins||HSU||0.0|
|4||Steven Barnett||HU||40.9||Johnathan Holland||UAM||0.0|
|5||Marcus Lyons||ATU||39.3||Stephin Booth||UCA||0.0|
|6||Reggie Bibb||HU||36.6||Randy George||HSU||0.0|
|7||Rowan Ledbetter||OBU||33.6||Alassane Savadogo||HU||3.5|
|8||Josh Bateman||ATU||32.9||LeMar Phillips||UCA||4.0|
|9||Jaranimo Marks||OBU||29.4||Nick Kohs||CBU||4.5|
|10||Donte Norton||HSU||27.0||Kelvin Brown||HSU||5.0|
Most of these guys are point guards, and for some of them (Bibb and Barnett included), this is pretty much their only source of value. As long as they knock down open shots, though, I can handle that.
Turnovers (Turnover Ratio, lower is better):
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1||Marques Collins||HSU||0.0||Steven Barnett||HU||34.5|
|2||Brandon Lipsey||UCA||0.0||Randy Oliver||OBU||31.0|
|3||Marlon McCoy||DSU||3.7||Durran Goodwin||UAM||30.1|
|4||Jasper Johnson||DSU||5.3||Justin DeLamar||OBU||29.6|
|5||Billy McDaniel||UAM||5.4||Ike O’Hanson||ATU||29.2|
|6||Turmaine Rice||DSU||6.2||Antoine Vinson||HSU||27.4|
|7||Fernando Johnson||UCA||6.3||Roberto Casiano||CBU||25.5|
|8||Brandon Mayweather||UAM||6.8||Brandon Bealer||SAU||25.5|
|9||Andrew Stanek||ATU||6.9||Jaranimo Marks||OBU||25.4|
|10||Patrick Andrepont||HU||7.4||Levi Harris||HSU||25.4|
Turnovers have been a big problem for Barnett, who is one of just a couple guards on the list. Mostly, the ones in the bottom 10 are forwards and centers with little handling skill. Some of the ones in the top 10 are point guards, which greatly helps their value. Those guys, along with forwards who handle the ball a lot (McDaniel and Andrepont come to mind), are also helping their teams a lot.
Shooting (True shooting percentage, which includes the added weight of threes and free throws made):
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1||Andrew Stanek||ATU||83.6||Marques Collins||HSU||0.0|
|2||Donte Norton||HSU||75.6||Fernando Johnson||UCA||27.1|
|3||Kenny Langhorne||SAU||73.7||Dedric Spooner||HSU||29.6|
|4||Roberto Casiano||CBU||73.3||Brandon Lipsey||UCA||30.2|
|5||Denarryl Rice||ATU||70.3||Brandon Daniels||HSU||30.6|
|6||Kevin Weybright||CBU||70.2||Frederick Campbell||UCA||32.0|
|7||Johnathan Holland||UAM||69.2||Joel Casseus||ATU||32.5|
|8||Adam Brock||CBU||67.9||Durran Goodwin||UAM||33.5|
|9||Ike O’Hanson||ATU||66.5||Lonnie Jackson||SAU||38.1|
|10||Nate Newell||UAM||66.1||Steven Barnett||HU||39.5|
The players leading this list fall into one of three categories: big men who only take easy shots (Holland, O’Hanson, Brock), guards who don’t shoot much (Norton, Casiano), and sharpshooters (Stanek, Langhorne, Rice, Weybright, Newell). Strangely, Newell’s value actually isn’t coming from his threes; rather, he’s just making a ton of free throws (an amazing 35 of 38 in 4 games). At the bottom is Collins, who has somehow managed to take and miss only three shots despite playing 18 minutes per game.
Brick Index…who is hurting their team the most by shooting too much?
It’s odd to see Billy McDaniel on this list. He has to be one of the most underachieving players in the conference so far this year. Then, UAM also has Goodwin, who has been the least efficient regular player in the conference.
Usage Rate…who uses the ball the most?
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|1||Kelvin Brown||HSU||28.4||Marques Collins||HSU||2.6|
|2||Randy George||HSU||27.7||Lonnie Jackson||SAU||8.3|
|3||Denarryl Rice||ATU||25.2||Jacob Thies||HU||8.4|
|4||Ronnie Smith||SAU||25.2||Marcus Lyons||ATU||9.0|
|5||Jasper Johnson||DSU||24.5||Fernando Johnson||UCA||9.8|
|6||Durran Goodwin||UAM||24.1||Donte Norton||HSU||9.9|
|7||Kevin Weybright||CBU||23.2||Brandon Mayweather||UAM||10.0|
|8||Nate Newell||UAM||23.2||Colin Flynn||CBU||11.0|
|9||Darryl Jones||UCA||22.9||Roberto Casiano||CBU||11.2|
|10||Levi Harris||HSU||22.8||Brian Ross||OBU||11.3|
At the top, there are some guys who are hogging the ball and playing poorly (Goodwin and Harris), while the rest actually deserve their touches. At the bottom are some players who have performed very poorly, but others who might be justified in asking for more playing time (Norton and Mayweather). For some of those on the Bottom 10, I would bet that their low efficiency ratings are a direct result of their few individual possessions (Thies comes immediately to mind).
And last, we have the Pure Point Rating:
Most of these guys are true point guards, but a few (Stanek, in particular) are just passing well and not turning the ball over. McCoy, in particular, is playing the point exceptionally well with all of the weapons he has at Delta State. This just makes them look that much scarier to me.
Enjoy looking over the stats, and then go to tonight’s game against Arkansas Baptist.