2015 Big Jonathan Nwankwo Commits to Minnesota
Scholarship Table Updated
2015 C/PF Jonathan Nwankwo, 6’9″, 245 pounds, committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers today while on his official visit.
He’s a New Yorker who plans to play this season in Florida at Victory Rock Prep. The relationship between him and the Gophers goes back more than a year. As was the case with fellow 2015 commits Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey, the pledge to Minnesota was not a surprise.
With 5th year seniors Elliott Eliason and Mo Walker finishing their careers before next summer, Nwankwo will have an opportunity to earn minutes both as a center and power forward.
He’s a big, strong kid who can help rebound and defend (so long as he keeps fouls in check) early on. How well he progresses with the ball in his hands is up to him and the staff. The potential is there to be a quality player for Pitino.
The scholarship table has been updated and is included at the end of these notes. This commitment is not at all a surprise and we’ve long thought he’d wind up a Gopher. Nonetheless, McBrayer is a very good addition to the program.
The 6’4″ lefty guard may grow a bit taller despite already being 19.
He’s been at various high schools and needs to finalize a decision on his prep school for this year. Vermont Academy, where rising sophomore Daquein McNeil attended, is a strong possibility.
Talented and exciting scorer. He can put on a show and wow the crowd.
Capable of bringing the ball up the court, but figures to play off the ball on offense. Not a lot of physical strength, but his size should enable him to defend multiple positions (1, 2 and 3).
LNH last saw him in person a few weeks ago in Vegas where he played with New Heights. Gopher assistant Kimani Young was the director of the New Heights organization and a consistent spectator at McBrayer’s games.
Dupree was impressive when viewed live. However, he had at least 2 years on most of the competition. How much did he benefit from the age advantage is a relevant question.
Minnesota will now have two big guards/wings who are aggressive scorers in Zach Lofton and Dupree McBrayer. The 2015-16 Gophers will be able to unleash a mean attack on opposing defenses.
8/26/14 edit: Not a surprise, but Gaston Diedhiou is not expected to join the program this fall. Based on the roster makeup we do not see this as a significant issue. The scholarship table below includes Diedhiou, but most likely he will never join the program. Thus, the Gophers still have 3 “open slots” for new scholarship players in 2015 after the McBrayer commit.
There are thousands of angles to consider when talking about the topic of Minnesota’s eFG%. Today we’ll share a select few.
Often you’ll hear people, including traditional media, talk about a player’s field goal percentage when describing their game. “Player X shoots 44% from the field – that’s pretty good for a guard,” they might say.
The problem with such statements is that there’s not enough information provided to make such a claim. When evaluating how well a player or team shoots the ball, we must give (among other data) effective field goal percentage proper attention.
When looking at a team’s eFG%, the first things to understand are the basics – and the basics do not include overall FG%. The components of eFG% are: 2FG%, 3FG% and 3FG/FGA. In other words: At what rate does a team convert 2-point and 3-point attempts, respectively, and what is the mix of shot attempts between 2-point and 3-point attempts? Continue reading →
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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