I don’t generally get to watch the games due to lack of B10 network (and of a television in general), so I try my best to listen to games on the 'net and crunch numbers. One huge question I have for the “eyeballs” folks is: why isn’t David Jackson getting the ball more? I realize that he has been playing a bigger role as the B10 season has gone on, but from a purely statistical perspective he is:
[ul][li]The second-best shooter on the team (effective FG% of .538, behind only Ott’s .596)[/li]
[li]Someone who takes care of the ball (TO’s on only 13.4% of his individual computed possessions, which is 3rd best among the 8 most active players and less than half of the TO% of the Andrews)[/li]
[li]Consequently, someone who scores an average of 1.28 points per computed individual possession, which is second only to Ott’s 1.53 and significantly above the values of Talor Battle (0.96) and Chris Babb (1.01).[/li][/ul]
If the stats told the whole story, it would seem to be a slam-dunk (pun semi-intended) to feed the ball to DJ as often as possible. Yet this isn’t happening, though again he is getting more and more involved with the offense as time goes on. Is it because he’s just not getting open enough to receive passes consistently, or is he in fact not shooting that often when he has the ball (since being passed the ball and passing it off doesn’t show up in the stats), or is he not getting passed to when open despite having about half the TO rate of PSU’s other big-minute frontcourt players?