2015 Dupree McBrayer Commits to Minnesota; ’14 Diedhiou out

2015 Dupree McBrayer Commits to Minnesota

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.

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Gophers 2013-14 Recap Part II: Offensive eFG%

Gophers 2013-14 Recap Part II: Offensive eFG%

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?
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2014 Nike Global Challenge Statistics

2014 Nike Global Challenge Statistics

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.

Open/Download: 2014 Nike Global Challenge Summary Book

The pace was hot (91 poss / 40 minute game) and 2-point attempts were converted at a strong 53.9% rate, but  we saw some poor outside shooting.

Teams shot sub-30% 3FG% (the U.S. teams had a lower 3FG% than the international teams)  and some big names were among the worst, including Malik Monk (1/19 for 5%) and Antonio Blakeney (3/23 for 13%).

Advanced stat studs include: Noah Dickerson, Stephen Zimmerman, Jalen Brunson, Edrice Adebayo, Tyler Davis, Chris Clarke, Khalea Turner, Esa Ahmad, Omari Spellman and Dedric Lawson.

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adidas Nations 2014 Advanced Stats

adidas Nations 2014 Advanced Stats

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.

Questions or comments? Email us at latenighthoops@latenighthoops.com.

adidas Nations 2014 Summary Book

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2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp Stats

2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp Stats

Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons was the clear camp MVP. (Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Late Night Hoops has calculated various advanced statistics from the games played at last weekend’s NBPA Top 100 camp. Certain of those stats are shared here.

In addition, there is an easy way to obtain our player statistics in Excel format.

If you’d like player statistics in Excel format, please request a copy by emailing jbbauer612@gmail.com.

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Gophers: 2013-14 Recap Part 1

Gophers: 2013-14 Recap Part 1
June 22, 2014

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.

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Minnesota Standouts Invited to Nike Elite 100 Camp

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).

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