Maverick Maniac's Musings

December 14, 2008

A tale of two Sophomores in Omaha…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jon Green @ 12:16 pm

After watching Mitch Albers show once again that he is God’s gift to UNO, and after hearing Travis Justice talk about P’Allen Stinnett’s chances of becoming Creighton’s all-time leading scorer… I decided to take a look at the two talented Sophomores and see how they compare.  It’s kinda interesting.

First of all just a look at the stats. 

Albers,Mitch                     Total         3-Point                    Rebounds
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg
2007-08   32-0    568/17.8  129-267  .483   48-119  .403   63-75   .840  13-47    60  1.9  60-0   35  33   3  31  369/11.5
2008-09    8-8    254/31.8   51-97   .526   14-31   .452   17-28   .607   8-17    25  3.1  15-0   17  18   4   8  133/16.6
TOTAL     40-8    822/20.6  180-364  .495   62-150  .413   80-103  .777  21-64    85  2.1  75-0   52  51   7  39  502/12.6
Stinnett, P'Allen                Total         3-Point                    Rebounds
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg
2007-08   33-18   806/24.4  145-320  .453   38-120  .317   88-112  .786  40-71   111  3.4  85-3   60  82   9  53  416/12.6
2008-09    8-6    192/24.0   30-71   .423   9-31    .290   28-39   .718   7-16    23  2.9  17-0   14  15   1  11   97/12.1
TOTAL     41-24   998/24.3  175-391  .448   47-151  .311  116-151  .768  47-87   134  3.3 102-3   74  97  10  64  513/12.5

Do note that I had to calculate P’Allen’s career stats by hand since I couldn’t find a career stat page on their site.  I think I got them alright.

Alright so here’s some things I draw out of the stats.

1.) Both players passed the 500 point mark in their 40th career game (Mitch on Saturday night against Northwest Missouri State, P’Allen on Wednesday night against Dayton).  I think this is pretty interesteing.  P’Allen is the 2nd fast to this number in the last 15 years for Creighton.  I don’t know where Mitch’s number stands in UNO history, but I imagine it’s Top 2 at UNO.

2.) Mitch has been able to put up his points in almost 170 less minutes.  His season last year was unbelivable.  11.5 points per game in just 17.8 minutes.  

3.) Mitch is a better shooter by small margin. Mitch is a better 3 point shooter by a good margin, but both shoot about the same number of 3’s.  I personally believe both are even in FT shooting, though P’s numbers are better this year and Mitch’s were better last year.

4.) P’Allen appears to be a better rebounder, although Mitch has been getting slightly more boards this year.  They both are pretty even in Assists/Turnovers this year, though P’Allen was a little more out of control last year.  

5.) Mitch has the edge in blocks this year, while P’Allen has the edge in career.  P has quicker hands and gets more steals.  At this point, their points per game are sperated by just .038.  Razor thin.

Now everyone wants to think about where these two can go.  Both have a chance to become the all time leading scorer at their school.  P’Allen’s is a bit tougher (he needs to reach 2116 to top Rodney Buford).  Mitch needs only to reach 1816, the number put up by Dean Thompson Jr.

If Mitch were to put up points at his career average, he’d reach the #3 spot in school history at 1613, behind Thompson Jr. and Dennis Forrest (1660).  If he puts up points at his season average of this year, he’d be the all time leading scorer with 1963.  He needs to average just 14.9 from here on out to get to the #1 spot.  To become the first Maverick to reach 2000 points, he needs to average 17 points per game.  These numbers appear to be in range for him.  Think about that, we could be watching the best scorer in UNO basketball history. What a great opportunity to watch history, get out to watch him.  He’s gotta a lot of work left to do it.  He’s become a focal point of this offense, and defenses will not be overlooking him from now on.  After seeing how he’s matured and improved since his freshman year though, I think Mitch has all the tools to do it.

For P’Allen Stinnett, if he were to put up points at his career average, he’d reach the #10 spot in school history at 1650.  If he puts up points at his season average of this year, he’d be in the same place with 1614.  He needs to average 17.6 from here on out to get to the #1 spot.  To become the second Bluejay to reach 2000 points (Bob Harstad put up 2110), he needs to average 16.3 points per game.  For P’Allen… I don’t think this is where he ends up. P’Allen has been asked to develop a more all around game, and has been sharing the scoring load with Booker Woodfox and Cavel witter.   He has also been dealing with some issues fitting in. His minutes have not gone up, he’s been playing worse than last year… and I think we’re seeing a bit of a sophomore slump.  I think P’Allen has good tools, his ability to drive the hoop and get to the line is great, and he has a decent jumper.  He struggles a bit from 3, and forces it a bit to much.  When he’s on though, he’s on.  He’s a better player then Albers, and is playing a totally different level of competition.  If he was at UNO, he’d become the all time leading scorer for sure, but he’s not of course.  

So if you are able to enjoy basketball at multiple levels, catch these two for the next 2.5 years.  Both of them are going to put up points and entertain crowds.  Both have a chance at rewriting the record books and leading their teams to unprecedented success.  I’m thrilled to be able to watch Mitch as a UNO student and P’Allen as a Creighton season ticket holder.  These are going to be two players that I won’t forget getting to watch game after game after game.  What a treat.

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