Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fun with Rosters!

With the season fast approaching, we thought we'd utilize the updated 2009-10 rosters (along with a few of last year's conference numbers) for some interesting lists. So, without further ado...

Mixing it up with the trees (best defensive rebounders below 6'3''):

Talor Battle6-015.4
Devan Dumes6-211.9
Jason Bohannon6-210.8
Trevon Hughes6-110.5
Al Nolen6-110.3

Talor Battle's rebounding is awfully impressive and puts him among the best "little man" rebounders in the nation. Among the top 200 Pomeroy teams from last season, only three players under 6'3'' posted a better DR% than Battle while playing significant minutes - Jared Quayle (Utah State), Alex Renfroe (Belmont), and Lester Hudson (Tennessee Martin). With Renfroe graduated and Hudson in the NBA, Battle could be the best rebounding little man in the nation.

If only I had his height... (worst defensive rebounders above 6'7''):

Keaton Nankivil6-88.9
Kyle Rowley7-010.8
Mike Tisdale7-111.4
Andrew Brommer6-911.7
Dallas Lauderdale6-811.9

When really tall guys struggle, whether it be in the NCAA Tournament or at the YMCA, men of normal stature (or less) love to speculate as to how dominant they would be with those extra inches. Nevermind that increased height brings its own set of challenges, especially for those still developing their game. Case in point - the only player on this list that is over 20 years old is Lauderdale, who just recently turned 21. It's tough to play a big man with a DR% below 12, but there's still time for these gentlemen to get their mitts on a larger share of caroms.

The slimmest of frames (pounds per 6 feet of height, excluding walk-ons):


Tim Frazier

Penn State6-1160158
P.J. HillOhio State6-1165163
Jeremie SimmonsOhio State6-2170165
Rob WilsonWisconsin6-4175166
Talor BattlePenn State6-0170


Matt VogrichMichigan6-4180171
Darius MorrisMichigan6-4180


Ryne SmithPurdue6-3178171
Verdell JonesIndiana6-5183171

It can be difficult for us normal-sized humans to put a player's weight in perspective. After all, our best frame of reference is our body, which for most of the population measures less than 6 foot in length. So, to give that improved perspective, we've prorated each player's weight into a 6-foot frame. It appears that Penn State and Ohio State have cornered the market on slight-of-frame guards, and I don't think either team would complain (especially Penn State!).

The beefiest of the beefy (pounds per 6 feet of height, excluding walk-ons):

Derrick NixMichigan State6-8280252
Kyle RowleyNorthwestern7-0280240
Sandi MarciusPurdue6-9261232
Dallas LauderdaleOhio State6-8255230
Ian MarkolfWisconsin7-1270229
Jarryd ColeIowa6-7250228
Ben CroninMichigan7-0265227
Brennan CougillIowa6-9255227
Colton IversonMinnesota6-10258227
Zisis SarikopoulosOhio State7-1265224
Royce WhiteMinnesota6-8249224

The same method was used here, pro-rating each player's weight onto a 6-foot frame. The takeaway here: Derrick Nix is a BIG BOY. All that bulk didn't stop Nix from having a successful exhibition debut, scoring 13 points on 6 shots and grabbing 5 boards in 13 minutes. Notice that 7 of the 11 bulkiest players are newcomers to conference play (I'm including Markolf and Cronin) - the Big Ten is getting a lot Bigger this season.

Home States of Big Ten Players (2009-10 official rosters):
We used the home state listed on the online rosters as gospel, so there's no accounting here for players that moved around a lot (D.J. Richardson, for example, is listed as an Illinois native despite playing in Las Vegas his senior year). Note that Illinois and Indiana natives comprise nearly a third of the conference (54 of 166 players), although that's not particularly surprising when you consider that 4 of the 11 teams (36%) are from these states. It's also interesting that there are more players in the conference from outside the United States (10) than from Pennsylvania (8), Wisconsin (7), or Iowa (5). Heck, there's nearly as many players from Texas, New York, or Arizona as there are from Iowa (4 from each). Does the Hawkeye state just not produce much basketball talent, or do they matriculate elsewhere?

Another interesting question: which schools dedicate the biggest chunk of their rosters to in-state talent?

TeamIn-state playersTotal playersPercentage in-state


Michigan State91560%
Ohio State81553%
Penn State81747%

Purdue leads in this measure by a wide margin, while their in-state rival Hoosiers are towards the bottom. Clearly, some of Tom Crean's recruiting decisions were driven by the fact that he basically had no roster when he arrived, but it's interesting to see nonetheless. This could show, in some way, the benefit that Purdue has derived from Indiana's recent turmoil (the end of the Mike Davis era and the rocky Kelvin Sampson era). I'd expect Indiana's in-state percentage to increase over the next few years, at the possible expense of Purdue's, as the Hoosiers become bigger players in Indiana recruiting.

Another interesting tidbit - there are eight Big Ten players from Pennsylvania, and every single one decided to, as JoePa would say, "COME TO PENN STATE!!" Nittany Lion fans can watch the entire Big Ten season without ever cheering against a Pennsylvania player - even Iowa, whose state has produced just 5 current Big Ten players, let a player get out-of-state and onto an opposing Big Ten roster (Jason Bohannon at Wisconsin). Wouldn't Iowa fans love to have Bohannon in Lickliter's offense right about now?

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