Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Freshman Reigning in the Big Sky

It is early in the season, but an interesting trend is starting to emerge in some statistical categories in the Big Sky. Here is a look at some numbers as of the end of Tuesday, December 10th.

In scoring, DeWayne Russell leads the conference at 17.1 points per game. Venky Jois is ninth with 13.6 per game.

In rebounding, Jois is leading the conference at 9.3 per game. Joel Bolomboy is second at 8.5 per contest. Bolomboy's is astounding because he is playing just over half the minutes for the Wildcats (21.8 per game), and is still putting up those numbers. He has a DR% of 30.5, which is good for fourth in the country (and his offensive rebounding percentage is top 200 nationally).

Russell is also fourth in the conference in assists (3.9 per game), tied for first in steals (2.0 per game), and third in free throw percentage (94.1%).

If you haven't picked up on it right now, all three of these guys are freshmen. The Big Sky is having a down year so far (though I do think things will pick up), but the future looks bright, in part because of guys like these three.

If you follow the Big Sky, these are three names that you are going to be hearing an awful lot for the next four years.

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