Rodman, Jackson far more than sum of their box scores says Andrzejek

WSU’s D.J. Rodman (Photograph: Brian Rothmuller/Icon, United states of america Right now Sporting activities)

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A Speedy Search AT kenpom.com can give Washington Condition followers an concept of how the Cougars men’s basketball crew done analytically past season, but occasionally even those stats really don’t notify the whole tale. For a key case in point, WSU assistant coach John Andrzejek tells Cougfan.com, take a search at the Cougars third-year wing with the well recognized very last identify.

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D.J. Rodman has always experienced a seriously good in addition-minus,” Andrzejek mentioned. “And for the very last two a long time he’s been one of our best in addition-minus men.”

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In addition-minus (a.k.a +/- in ESPN box scores) is a straight-forward statistical measurement that tracks the web adjustments in score when a participant is on or off the court docket. Rodman checked in this earlier time with a group-top plus 58, this means the Cougs outscored opponents by that a great deal when he was on the courtroom. And he didn’t play in some of the Cougs’ big non-meeting blow outs.

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With Rodman on the courtroom, “our rebounding goes by means of the roof when he’s at the 3,” Andrzejek states. “He’s a definitely impactful wing rebounder. He can defend his posture and change a small little bit and he appreciates his function on offense.”

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Very last season the 6-6, 215-pounder from Newport Seashore, Calif., played in 19 online games — beginning 10 — despite lacking eight game titles due to damage in the middle of the campaign.  He averaged 23.3 minutes, 6.1 details, 3.7 rebounds and just under 1 guide per sport. Between regulars, he was the Cougars’ most responsible deep threat, shooting 41 p.c from downtown on 23 of 56 shooting.

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In addition to Rodman, next-calendar year submit Dishon Jackson flashed important probable both on the surface area and over and above the surface, in particular in the offensive paint. Andrzejek pointed out as well how a great deal the 6-10, 235-pound Jackson boosted the offense further than just his means to score.

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“Dishon had a great impact on our offense,” Andrzejek reported. “We were being absolutely a superior offensive workforce when he was in the video game. And aspect of that was his ability to rating with his again to the basket. As the season wore on, it turned a large aspect of our scout as groups were worried with protecting against him from finding deep catches or double teaming him a minor bit a lot more.”

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Jackson worked his way into the starting up line up by the time the Pac-12 portion of the time started and averaged 20.4 minutes, 7.2 factors and 4.3 rebounds for every game. He  also blocked 22 pictures, tying him for sixth-most by a WSU freshman because blocks commenced being tracked in the 1970s. The Vallejo, Calif., merchandise scored in double-figures nine moments, together with 14 and 18 points in head-to-head match ups with future NBA lottery pick Evan Mobley of USC. He shot 48.4 p.c from the industry.

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Protection WAS AN Remarkable power of the group previous season, but the Cougars — who concluded 14-13 general and 7-12 in convention games — need to have to move up their do the job on offense to graduate to the future stage of results.

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“We gotta make a small jump on offense for us to have the finest period we can probably have,” Andrzejek reported. “We have to maintain the defense we have if not get even improved, but on offense we have to get more efficient photographs — a lot more open threes, additional layups, get to the foul line extra. And a large amount of items go into that, it is a blend of personnel and some other things that we have to assume about this offseason as coaches.”

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Related: Summer time workouts hint at WSU hoops using another action defensively

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One position the place WSU struggled on the two offense and protection last 12 months was turnovers. The Cougars averaged 15.2 turnovers for each game (among the worst fees of all 340  Division I teams) and did not do a superior position forcing the opposition into turnovers (No. 189 in the nation and 13. for every recreation.

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“I consider youth was a aspect in our turnovers,” Andrzejek claimed. “I think a massive portion of it as well was we experienced a whole lot of disruptions from covid. I do not want to use it as an justification, but you’re heading to be a minor bit jarred when your lineups are continuously switching. And we had a variety of guys that missed stretches of time. And the ideal way to restrict turnovers is every person getting a great deal of reps actively playing together and remaining on the exact same page.”

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Stay tuned for more from our conversation Andrzejek future 7 days.