This year’s Nike Global Challenge finished today. Schedule and game results can be found at NikeGlobalChallenge.com. Attached is a summary compilation of team and player stats, including traditional and advanced statistics for each player.
Busy time for us at LNH, but plenty of analysis going on behind the scenes. A quick share today is a PDF with advanced statistics for the U.S. teams at the 2014 adidas Nations event.
The statistics are consistent with what we thought we saw in some cases: Dennis Smith was excellent; Maverick Rowan continues to impress; Dwayne Bacon is 100% legit.
Some statistics highlight areas you may not have noticed or read elsewhere: Thon Maker’s turnover rate was the worst among on the court for at least 30% of their team’s minutes; Jalen Adams wasn’t far behind.
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Minnesota as #7 in the Big Ten “The Gophers are slotted at the top of the group [#7] thanks in large part to them returning 2 of the Big Ten’s top 3 returning offensive players. Junior Andre Hollins and criminally underrated senior Austin Hollins are difference makers that can win games for this team.” – LNH, Preseason 2013-14
We picked Minnesota to finish 7th in the Big Ten and believed they would wind up just barely on either side of the bubble. That’s precisely what happened. The Gophers finished all alone in 7th place and narrowly missed making the NCAA tournament. After being named the NIT’s top overall #1-seed, the team finished out the year by winning five in a row en route to the tournament’s championship.
Minnesota Standouts Invited to Nike Elite 100 Camp June 13, 2014
Two Minnesota high school standouts are among those invited to the prestigious Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis this weekend. The group is comprised of approximately two-thirds kids from the 2016 class (rising juniors) and a third from the 2017 class.
Hopkins high school’s Amir Coffey (2016) and Apple Valley’s Gary Trent, Jr. (2017) are the Minnesota representatives at the camp.
See below for a sortable and searchable table of other players invited to the camp. The player information, including height, weight, wingspan and what camp team they’ll be playing with, were provided by Nike (NikeEYB.com).
Question: Andre Hollins wasn’t the same after he got hurt last season. Will he be healthy next season?
The rising senior guard is far and away Minnesota’s best returning player, but his health is a significant concern. It hasn’t been talked about much in the traditional media and the national folks may not even mention it heading into the season. However, it’s a relevant storyline to the 2014-15 season.
Dre Hollins suffered a bad ankle injury in January, but returned to action after missing a couple of games. Potentially more serious is that he’s been dealing with hip issues as well. Continue reading →