Makes me wonder sometimes about the staff’s national recruiting reach, talent evaluation skills, roster construction plan, and realistic outlook for this upcoming season.Couple quick stats in regards to Levi that are very much on my radar that give me concern and that I hope he somehow breaks what has been a 3-year career pattern for him...
Career-high was 8.6 as a soph
Last year was 8.4 as a junior playing more minutes
Both of those numbers are very low. Last season's 8.4 was last on K State's team. We had just one player post a lower number than that last season, Crowfield's 8.1. Our centers were 25.2 (MSS), 23.1 (Hason) and 17.7 (Corey). A sub-9 PER is just extremely low any way you slice it, particularly for a big because bigs can usually inflate that number with typically low turnover rates and high percentage scoring (Levi's turnover rate is what kills him the most).
-3.4 offensive +/-
-0.9 overall +/-
That overall number was second worst on the team outside of the walk-ons and that offensive +/- was the worst on K State's team. I get that they play in a tough conference, but still. On paper, we statistically added the least efficient player from the last place Big 12 team.
Just something to put on the radar. Definitely worries me a bit in terms of what we do with the rotations.
A pedigreed program like VCU spent its last scholly on Stockard over all other options such as:
1) Top HS decommits
2) Stud D-1 transfer ups
3) Stud D-1 transfer downs
4) Top Jucos
5) Top Internationals
6) Other more accomplished Grad Transfers
7) Pocket the scholly for now (in a rebuild)
Does the staff even look at the analytics (like those presented by Natty)?
Does the staff realize that our expected win total probably goes up about 0.5 with the addition of Stockard? Worth a half-win to tie up that last scholly? Possibly forgo an available or soon-to-be available talent? Perhaps cut into the development of Hason or MBJ?