Friday, December 28, 2007

Previewing Western Carolina

2008 Scouting Report / 2007 Scouting Report
2008 Schedule
2008 Roster

Western Carolina Offense 06-07
Four FactorsPercentNat'l Rank
Turnover Rate19.987
Off Reb Rate32.9189
Western Carolina Offense 07-08
Four FactorsPercentNat'l Rank
Turnover Rate22.6195
Off Reb Rate36.286

Larry Hunter returns to the RBC Center, and he's brought... oh man, what is that smell? Throw it away, Larry, it's gone bad. Whew.

At 87.2 pts/100 poss, WCU ranks 313th in offensive efficiency. Five games into the season, the Catamounts' leading scorer left the team:

WCU spokesman Daniel Hooker would not discuss the nature of Aldridge’s team-rules violation except to say the issue occurred during practice before the Elon game and that Aldridge did not break the law.

Aldridge was a massive part of the offense--his usage and %shots numbers both ranked in the top five nationally. He wasn't exactly lighting it up, though, as he was only shooting 42.9%.

The Catamounts are a perimeter-oriented team, and while they don't shoot it well from outside, you can't say they aren't playing to their "strength."

 2FG%(Rk)     3FG%(Rk)
32.8 (239) 40.6 (321)


Michael Porrini (6-2, 185) -- WCU's point guard and leading scorer. Boasts an anomalous 9.8 offensive rebounding percentage.

Brigham Waginger (6-2, 175) -- Nothing if not a possession-killer. Despite being a low-usage player, he's horribly inefficient. He'll mostly shoot from outside. When he doesn't turn the ball over.

Brandon Giles (6-6, 200) -- Giles is taking 28.2% of WCU's shots, the highest proportion on the team. As a sophomore, he's become a better outside shooter and taken better care of the basketball, which makes him the most prudent scoring option.

Arnold Gore (6-6, 210) -- Invented the turnover.

Jake Robinson (6-8, 205) -- Three-quarters of his attempts came from three last season, and he hit over 40% of them. He's easily their biggest three-point threat. Horrible rebounder, though.


Blake Gallagher (6-8, 240) and Eric Wilson (6-1, 210) will get most of the work.

Gallagher has shot the ball well in limited opportunities, and he is an excellent rebounder at both ends.

Western Carolina Defense 06-07
Four FactorsPercentNat'l Rank
Turnover Rate22.0121
Off Reb Rate34.7230
Western Carolina Defense 07-08
Four FactorsPercentNat'l Rank
Turnover Rate22.6134
Off Reb Rate34.7214

Should be another field day for the Wolfpack inside the arc. The Catamounts do a bit of fouling, too:
Gore 6.3
Giles 4.9
Wilson 4.9