On Tuesday we looked at Kentucky’s seven Calipari-coached teams and how they ranked against each other in various statistics: free-throw shooting, three-point shooting, turnovers, rebounding, points per game and margin of victory.
Tonight, let’s take a look at how individual players have done as freshmen through the first 10 games of their team’s season.
We’ll rank them in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, turnovers, free-throw shooting and three-point shooting.
Jamal Murray ranks third among Calipari’s freshmen at Kentucky in minutes per game. Last week Cal said he may be playing Murray too many minutes. If that’s the case, he also overloaded John Wall and Brandon Knight, the only two players who played more than Murray.
Murray is also in the top 10 in points per game. Terrence Jones and John Wall averaged the most through their team’s first 10 games, scoring 18.9 and 18.1, respectively.
Murray is one three-ball per game shy of being the top scorer, and he’s had plenty that could’ve gone in.
Believe it or not, 6-foot-3 Isaiah Briscoe is one of Calipari’s best rebounding freshmen. At 5.6 boards per game, he is the second best on the current team and the tenth best freshman since Cal has been in Lexington.
It’s no surprise John Wall leads all UK freshmen in assists. Wall holds the school record for assists in a single season.
Murray and Briscoe crack the top 10 with 3.1 and 2.7 per game. Murray is currently tied with a freshman Tyler Ulis from one season ago.
Also not a surprise, Wall and Eric Bledsoe were the most turnover prone. Their 2009-10 was the worst of the Cal era in turnovers per game, and they played the majority of minutes in the backcourt.
Murray and Briscoe crack the top 10 in this category as well.
Finally! A Skal Labissiere sighting!
Labissiere and Jamal Murray are two of Cal’s best free-throw shooting freshmen.
And in three-point shooting, the current team’s worst statistical category, no freshman made the list. Murray was close at 33.3 percent, but not enough to earn a top 10 ranking.