Plus some media links below
A few weeks ago, Tim looked at the backcourt beyond DJO. Two of the most important players stand to be Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue. Certainly, Cadougan has been handed the reins to run the offense, and Vander is largely expected to take the sophomore leap. Even just recently, Jeff Goodman tweeted that Vander Blue was extremely impressive in Marquette's scrimmage against Kansas State.
And yet... both players were some of the least productive players on the team last year. Therefore, I wanted to take a more in-depth look at how the two players improved (or didn't) last year. I took a look at how averages over the first five games of the BE and the last five games, and then compared it to the entire season.
Cadougan's story from last year is one where he really did improve over the course of the season. He went from seeing limited minutes to being on the court almost 60% of the time. In addition, his usage went from a limited player of 7% to an almost average usage of 19%. Most importantly, his turnover percentages dropped from 60% of possessions to 22%. That's still not good for a point guard, but in all situations, his end of year numbers were better than his season averages.
A quick point on Cadougan's offensive rating. One may wonder why his beginning of season number is about the same as his end of season number, but his entire season Offensive Rating is terrible. The answer for this lies in Cadougan's consistency. Junior had a lot of games last year where his time on the court resulted in a terrible ORtg, including an ORtg of ZERO in more than one game. However, there is definitely potential there for Cadougan's offensive efficiency to improve significantly over last year if his consistency improves. Based upon how he continued to get better over the course of last year, there is a lot of reason for optimism.
- There was a Haunted Hoops Scrimmage last Friday. Cadougan had 17 points (yay) but three turnovers (boo). Blue had 13 points on 50% from the field and 5-6 from FT (yay).
- Radio and TV shows start up next week. The radio show starts on Tuesday and the first TV show is next Friday. Go here for more details.
- I was wrong to call new beat reporter Tom Enlund a sportswriting robot. It should have been... sportsblogging machine. He's been churning out blog reports at a ridiculous rate. Durley says Marquette is a good fit. And Durley says achilles is fine. Or... an interview with Durley's HS coach. How about some follow-up on Todd Mayo getting clearance to practice, or that Juan Anderson is day to day. Enlund has been killing it.
- Speaking of killing it, the MU Tribune blog Paint Touches, has been doing a fantastic job. They have a fairly unique access and are providing great coverage. Go check 'em out, including their story on Jamail Jones' new hairdo (retro), and the Five Point Play breakdown of the wings.
- ESPN has a video preview in their preseason power rankings. Find MU at #17.
- I'm not going to link to anything about conference shuffling. So there.