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10 Games In: A Statistical Comparison of Coach Cal’s Freshmen


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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for 10 Games In: A Statistical Comparison of Coach Cal’s Freshmen

  1. chadtrill
    8:23 pm December 17, 2015 Permalink

    Good job trying to make BTI’s post better by lending it your name. It kinda works a little. Then again, no it doesn’t.

  2. plumloopy
    9:35 pm December 17, 2015 Permalink

    Davis in only one list. Amazing.

  3. mobile2
    11:22 pm December 17, 2015 Permalink

    More evidence this team will be decent but not fantastic this year. A bridge team to next year’s stud-filled lineup. Any time there’s a 5th year guy like Uncle Julius or Fox Mulder get prepared for a Sweet 16 to Elite 8 kind of year. Those happen from time to time. Can’t be the best every year. But I’d like to see Cal prove me wrong. But I’m not. It’s gonn be a slog this year watching Murray be a hot dog and Skal being a limp fish.

  4. Angelo
    5:57 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin???? How did he make so many lists?? Bizzare…

  5. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:07 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Through the first part of the season Goodwin was there he was incredible! Throughout the year he proved to be the only player on the team that could create his own shot. I still think he should have stuck around but he was good through the first games and that is why he is on the list.