I spent some time looking at our stats for the year to date, and discovered some things I found interesting. I understanding some may beg to differ, and I get it that not everyone is a stats geek like me. I really like the way they have the stats now with everything on a one page PDF spreadsheet:
https://www.liberty.edu/flames/wp-conte ... -Stats.pdf
I won't say much about Darius, because it's obvious his offensive efficiency has suffered due to the focus opponents place on him, and that has in fact benefitted his teammates.
Keegan McDowell is among the nations leaders in true shooting %, and his hitting almost half of his 3s. He has been the player who has benefitted most from opponents McGheemania.
While Shiloh has been terrific the last couple of games, prior to that his offense was pretty woeful. He also has an assist/turnover ratio of 2/10. Of course, his strong point is on the defensive end, and that is why he needs to be on the court, even if he cannot continue putting up those recent offensive numbers.
Now we get to a player who for some reason unknown to me is underappreciated, but with the *possible* exception of Keegan has been our most effecient player both scoring and rebounding. Forget looking at per minute numbers, where he is off the charts. Playing only 13 min/gm, Blake Preston is leading the team or among the leaders in multiple categories:
.667 shooting %
1.000 3pt % (Yeah, I know it's just 1-1)
4th in scoring at 6.4 ppg, despite the low minutes.
7/4 assist/turnover. (*a post player with a plus a/t is RARE) 2nd on the team, and the leader is not a starter, but Isaiah Warfield, who is 8/1. (More about him later.)
He is not the defender Shiloh is overall, but will be invaluable if we play teams with a big post presence. He deserves more minutes, and Ritchie said as much after Thursday's game. I really hate to say where I think those minutes should come from.
Isaih Warfield has only taken 6 shots all year (3-6) but he has 8 assists to just 1 TO, and is second to Darius in steals with 8. That's 8 possessions gained and only 1 given up while he is on the court. Add to that the infectious energy he brings every time he steps on the floor, and he has made an impact way beyonf the scoreboard
On the negative side:
Dobbs has been awful. Poor shooting and negative assist/turnover as a PG
Jackson is non-existent. He has not been the same player since his bout with mono last year.
Now we come to Kyle Rode.
I sooooooooooooooo badly want Kyle to succeed. Despite being a mediocre athlete, he has a really versitle skill set, and is capable of so much more than he has shown this year. Add to that the fact that he is an elite leader and role model, and I so much want him to produce................... but.
4.4 ppg in 28 min
35% shooting overall
29% from 3
Leads team in assists, but is also 2nd in TO
4 rpg (less than 6'3" Venzant in way more minutes.
Add to that the fact that he is not an elite defender, and the bottom line is, I think until he starts producing, some of Kyle's minutes need to go to Preston.