Better late: Stats from USF hoops in Brazil
I'm like two weeks behind on this, but finally got a stat sheet for the USF's men's basketball team's five games in Brazil earlier this month in the Pan American University Games. The actual stat sheets given to USF weren't in English -- rebotes for rebounds, tiro libre for free throws and so on. Anyway, a few observations can be made from the raw stats ...
-- Leading scorers? Shaun Noriega led the way with 13.6 points, followed by Gus Gilchrist (13.2) and Jarrid Famous (12.8), with Hugh Robertson rounding out four Bulls in double figures at 10.8 points per game. The team averaged 83 points per game, certainly more than they will this season, but got solid bench scoring from Mike Burwell (9.0), Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (6.8), Ron Anderson (6.8), Lavonte Dority (6.0) and Shedrick Haynes (5.4).
-- Remember that three of the five games were lopsided wins -- by 35, 72 and 61 points -- so the numbers aren't comparable to a close regular-season game.
-- Robertson did a little of everything -- led the team with 13 steals, had a solid 12-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio, hit 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers (only Noriega made more) and was fourth on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. Gilchrist led the team with 7.6 boards per game, followed closely by Fitzpatrick (7.0), Anderson (6.4), Robertson and Famous (5.4).
-- Who are the 3-point shooters? Noriega took almost three times as many 3-pointers as his closest teammate -- he went 15-for-44 for a 34 percent clip (Dominique Jones never hit better than 35 percent in his three seasons). Burwell and Dority didn't shoot much, but each hit half his attempts. Gilchrist went 5-for-15, and the most suspect outside shooters were Crater (20 percent), Haynes (12.5 percent).
-- Point guard Anthony Crater's numbers were underwhelming -- 2.6 points and 2.6 assists per game, ranking third on the squad in steals and matching Gilchrist for the team high in turnovers. He only played 51 minutes in five games, which probably points to him being the most known commodity in the backcourt and Heath wanting to learn more about the newcomers.
-- Minutes were slightly off from a correct total, but you can read a little into how much each player played: Noriega 161 minutes, Gilchrist 133, Famous 110, Robertson 110, Haynes 89, Anderson 85, Burwell 63, Fitzpatrick 60, Crater 51, Dority 37 and walk-on Jordan Heath 15. Fitzpatrick and Burwell sat out the first game while suspended, and remember that the Bulls will add junior college transfer Jawanza Poland to the mix at shooting guard/small forward. ...