We’re doing a “Year In Review” series, in which we review how awesome or horrendous or spectacular or spectacularly frustrating each player’s season was. And no, we did not copy Anonymous Eagle’s “Player Reviews” series. Okay, maybe we did. WE’LL MAKE SOME CHANGES ALRIGHT!?!? Anyways, we’ll go by ascending class order, and by alphabetical order in those classes. Up next is Juan Anderson.
Stats (hint: if you’re on mobile, click the picture to zoom in)
Here’s what we wrote in our preseason primer:
Juan Anderson – 8.5 PPG (ceiling) – 4.0 PPG (floor)
- How much will he contribute now in his new, perimeter-based role? Gut: Doubles his point average to 6.0 PPG. Showed ability to defend even in the post last year, and with the 3-point shot on display at Madness and the MKE Pro-Am, Anderson could very well be a surprise contributor this year.
Did he meet, exceed, or disappoint the expectation?
Definitely disappointed, particularly on the offensive end. He never truly moved to the perimeter, actually managing to drop his 3-point attempt total from 42 to 26 and decrease his 3-point percentage from a below-average 26% to a miserable 19%. This stagnant production was likely due to 6’9″ Jameel McKay’s unexpected transfer and 6’7″ Steve Taylor’s lack of playing time from Buzz, as Juan was then needed to play out of position by providing inside-the-arc defense and rebounding. Other than that and a slightly boosted steals and free throw percentage, his stats are practically identical to the measly ones he posted the year before.
- Rebounded well in limited minutes (12 games with 5+ rebounds).
- Averaged one steal per game (had games with 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, and 6 steals).
- Played 22 games with double-digit minutes.
- Started 19 games and appeared in 31 out of 32 games.
- Sat most of the conference schedule (played under 10 minutes in 10 out of 19 conference games, topped 20 minutes only twice, one DNP).
- Shot abysmally from 3-point land despite “moving to the perimeter.”
- Took less 3-pointers despite “moving to the perimeter.”
- Didn’t provide efficient production in any category besides steals and rebounds.
- Had decided to transfer before this season, but ended up staying due to lack of interest from Pac-12 and MWC schools.
- 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3PT), 5 steals, 5 assists, 4 rebounds against IUPUI.
- …followed up the next game with 10 points, 6 steals, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds against Ball State.
- Tying Jajuan Johnson for the best bench reaction to Deonte Burton’s Samford Demoralizer:
- Never blossoming into the versatile or efficient offensive player we hoped he would be.
Three. One because he’s a leader, one because he rebounded well and played solid defense, and one sympathy point because he played out of position.
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