It's no secret around here that we love us some KenPom statistics. Being that we've got over half of a season of data, I thought it was time to check in with Pomeroy's Offensive Ratings to see who the most efficient players in the Ivy League are this season.
First off, let's look at the big-time players who are used in at least 20% of their team's possessions and play at least 40% of their team's minutes.
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Pretty interesting to see two Penn guys at the top. Bernardini is getting it done by taking care of the ball, maintaining a high true shooting percentage, and holding his own on the boards. Rosen is one of the nation's elite passers and also knocks down his shots at a very high rate. For Penn, the efficiency ends there though. Belcore posts a reasonable 99.5, Cartwright clocks in at 88.9, good for 41st of the 44 players in the league who played more than 40% of minutes and qualified for this list. Yikes. Makes me think that Penn could really become Harvard's toughest competition if Cartwright could turn it around. He finished his freshman year at an encouraging 96.2.
Anyway, Cisco is surprisingly high on the list, too, until you think about his game. His offensive rebounding numbers are Top 100 in the nation and he only shoots from the paint, so he's shooting over 60%. Makes sense. Still, I feel like the Lions could make even more of an effort to work it inside to the big man. It would free up Lyles and Barbour for more open looks, too.
Mangano gets here with the high shooting percentage and dominant performance on the offensive glass (best in the league, just ahead of Cisco). Willhite always fills up a box score, and lands high on this list thanks to an impressive assist rate*, along with good shooting numbers.
Barbour lands at 6 thanks to great passing and decent shooting numbers. He also draws a lot of fouls (nearly 5 per 40 minutes) and shoots 89% from the stripe.
The rest of the Top Ten is Harvard's trio of Wright, Casey, and Curry, while Hummer slides in at 8. Keith's game is high percentage shooting and offensive boards, as you might expect. Casey too, but his shooting and rebounding numbers are worse, though he does draw more fouls per 40 mins than Wright. Hummer has solid shooting percentages, but it's his passing that has been most impressive this year (25.5% assist rate at 6'7″ is nuts). He's also shouldering a bigger load than any other player in the league at 32.5% of possessions.
As for Curry, who hasn't shot the ball that well this year, it's all about the assists. His 35% assist rate is good for 32nd in the nation…but only 3rd in the Ivy League. It truly is the year of the point guard as Rosen (14th), McGonagill (22nd), Curry and Wroblewski (58th) all rank among the national leaders in assist rate.
*In case anyone needs to brush up on their advanced metrics:
Assist Rate: Assists divided by the field goals made by the player’s teammates while he is on the court.
Now let's take a look at all players who play a minimum of 40% of their team's minutes.
Two sharpshooters who can also dish the rock top this list. Rivard at #1 and McNally at #4 explains why Harvard is such a massive favorite to win the league this year. Three of their starters rank in the Top Ten in the league in offensive efficiency among major contributers. The other two are 1st and 4th when you include all contributors. Ridiculous.
Pretty surprising to see Mack Darrow so high. His assist rate numbers are quite good, he doesn't give the ball away, and he knocks down a pretty high percentage of his shots, but the sample sizes are pretty low as he plays only 55% of minutes and has only taken 75 shots this year. (Compare that to someone like Hummer who has put up 250 shots).
is the only other big surprise for me on this list. The Dartmouth freshman checks in at 10 for one reason: his FT Rate. Your FT Rate measures your ability to get to the line given the number of shots you take (free throw attempts/field goal attempts). Brooks has 66 FTAs this year and has only shot the ball 80 times from the field, good for a 83% FT Rate, 13th in the nation. The Dartmouth forward has nearly twice as many made freebies as anyone else on the Big Green roster.
Top 20 Breakdown by Team-
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