Sunday, July 21, 2013

Top 20 Departing #8: Lateef McMullan

I am counting down the top 20 players that are departing the Big Sky via graduation, transfer, or any other way.

Quietly, Lateef McMullan for Portland State was one of the most improved players in the Big Sky last season, turning in a solid senior season for the Vikings. He improved his numbers all across the board from his junior to his senior seasons, and leaves as one of the top point guards in the conference.

As a junior, he shot 40% on twos, 31% on threes, and had a higher TO rate (21.3) than Assist Rate (16.3). As a senior, those numbers improved to 44.7% from twos, 35.3% from threes, and his Assist Rate (21.6) was higher than the TO Rate (15.4). PSU needed him to step up after losing some key guys to graduation, and McMullan responded by improving in just about every key area of his game.

McMullan led the Big Sky with a 2.4 : 1 A:TO ratio, one of the most important stats for a PG. He was seventh in the conference in assists, but did an excellent job of taking care of the basketball. He was also 10th in minutes played, which was big for a Vikings team that didn't have a lot of experienced depth on the perimeter.

Overall, Portland State's season was about a worst-case scenario, as they finished 8-20, including 5-15 in the Big Sky. But that wasn't the fault of McMullan, who kept the offense among the best in the Big Sky. They will struggle to replace all of the things that he did to make the offense go.

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