I’m getting a little closer to posting some of the more exotic individual stats on a regular basis. For now, here are some of the national leaders (through Saturday). I’ve required one to play in 40% of his team’s minutes to qualify. For shooting stats, a player needs to average four FGAs per game. Stats against non-D1 teams don’t count.
Best Offensive Rebounder: Jason Cain of Virginia is grabbing 20.3% of his own team’s missed shots – even after getting shut out against Gonzaga on Saturday. Eventual leader Joey Dorsey of Memphis currently sits 10th nationally (18.9%).
Best Defensive Rebounder: Aaron Gray of Pitt is hauling in 31.9% of his opponents missed shots while he is on the court. He’s averaging double-digit rebounds in only 24.9 mpg. Granted, against weak competition.
Biggest Ballhog: Jose Juan Barea uses 37.8% of Northeastern’s possessions while he is on the court.
Biggest Gunner: Rodney Stuckey takes 39.4% of Eastern Washington’s shots while he is on the court.
Best Shotblocker: A two-man race between Northeastern’s Shawn James (blocks 21.3% of opponents’ two-point shots) and Wyoming’s Justin Williams (21.1%). Pearson Griffith of Murray State is in third at 18.8%.
Best Thief: Charlie White of Jackson State is getting steals on 10.2% of opponents’ possessions.
Best FT Rate (100*FTA/FGA): Evansville’s Matt Webster has shot 68 free throws compared to 57 field goals for a 119.3 FT Rate.
Best Shooter: Ohio State’s Je’Kel Foster owns a 87.7 eFG% (42 of 61 overall, 23 of 38 on threes).
Ironman Award: Marist point guard Jared Jordan has played 97.1% (272 of 280) of his team’s minutes.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Paul Davis 34 9-11 0-0 6-7 2-11 1 3 0 3 1 24 Result: Win. Michigan St. 83, Cleveland St. 75.
Not too much longer until it’s fair to say Michigan State ‘06 = Gonzaga ‘05. Unstoppable offense, pathetic defense.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Derek Coleman 34 9-15 6-7 7-8 0-5 6 3 0 2 0 31 Result: Win. Robert Morris 97, Charleston Southern 85.
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Steven Smith 59 17-27 3-5 4-5 2-11 6 3 3 4 1 41 Result: Win. La Salle 107, Central Connecticut 106 (4OT).
When I saw La Salle scored 107, I thought for sure Smith would have 50.