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That’s A Wrap: Lessons in PER

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to um, wrap up the 2009-10 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on.

I’m not sure how many of y’all are familiar with John Hollinger’s player efficiency rating (PER) for the NBA. So let’s go to a quick explanation of the metric from the man himself before we get started:

The player efficiency rating (PER) is a rating of a player’s per-minute productivity.

To generate PER, I created formulas — outlined in tortuous detail in my book “Pro Basketball Forecast” — that return a value for each of a player’s accomplishments. That includes positive accomplishments such as field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and negative ones such as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls.

Two important things to remember about PER are that it’s per-minute and is pace-adjusted.

Because it’s a per-minute measure, it allows us to compare, say, Jordan Farmar and Derek Fisher, even though there is a disparity in their minutes played.

I also adjust each player’s rating for his team’s pace, so that players on a slow-paced team like Detroit aren’t penalized just because their team has fewer possessions than a fast-paced team such as Golden State.

Make sense?

Well, Hollinger, for the first time, has busted out PER for the college ranks — something he released last week. They revealed some interesting things. For instance, DeMarcus Cousins’ PER of 35.45 — league average PER is 15.00 in the NBA, and I’d assume that would follow for the NCAA — ranks No. 1 in the country. Teammate John Wall, the surefire No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft?

He didn’t crack the Top 100.

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Source: Abraham to visit Tuesday, play in Derby Festival game

Another day, another update on Moses Abraham.

A source tells Inside the Hall that Abraham will likely visit Indiana this coming Tuesday, March 23. It will be the 6-9 forward’s fourth official visit. Abraham has already visited Georgetown, Maryland and Tennessee.

The Progressive Christian Academy forward is also expected to play in next month’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville, an event Inside the Hall will cover. Victor Oladipo is also expected to participate, but rosters for the event have yet to be officially released.

Current Hoosiers Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek participated last year.

The event is two days, with the Night of the Future Stars on April 9 at Bellarmine University and the Classic the following night at 7 p.m. Ticket information is available here.

Related: Steve Yanda of The Washington Post also has an update on Abraham.

Open Thread: NCAA Tournament

It’s the best day of the year for college basketball. (Well, it’d be better if IU were playing, but I think that’s understood around these parts.) With that said, we’ve decided to open up a thread to discuss all things NCAA Tournament.

We’ve also, thanks to our friends at Yardbarker, added a widget below which allows you to track scores as well as a link below to the March Madness On Demand Player. So sit back, minimize that spreadsheet you’ve been working on all day and let the games begin.

Click here to launch March Madness On Demand Player

A little something from the NCAA tournament

I know it’s a hard day for most of you, watching now the second tournament in a row that Indiana has missed by quite some distance. And it probably doesn’t help your psyche to bring up some former Hoosiers who will take the floor hoping for their shining moment over the next two days. But I’m going to do it anyway.

Armon Bassett (yes, that Armon Bassett) went absolutely wild for Ohio in the Mid-American Conference tournament last week, scoring 25, 38, 28 and 25 points over four games to lead the Bobcats to a MAC title and an NCAA appearance.

Asked in the build-up to the NCAA tournament during yesterday’s media session about his checkered past, Bassett had this to say:

“I just got to thank God just for blessing me. I know I had some hiccups, but I managed to come out of those and weather the storm. I’m just happy to be here again.”

Not really sure I have anything to say about this per se, it was more just a little tidbit I thought I’d bring you. I know many of you probably still feel as though Bassett is one of those Hoosiers who bore a certain amount of responsibility for everything that happened in 2007/08, and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I just thought I’d put this up here, and let you digest it as you wish.

Q & A: 2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson

With offers from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Xavier, 2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson is quickly becoming a top priority for high majors in the midwest.

The 6-3, 195-pound Patterson averaged 16 points and seven rebounds and led Broad Ripple to a 16-7 record, the most wins for the school since the 1985-1986 season, and a city championship. Inside the Hall caught up with Patterson on Wednesday for a brief Q & A:

On Broad Ripple’s season and his injury down the stretch:

“The beginning of the year went great. When we got the end, I got a couple of injuries. Teammates got fatigued and I tried to put the team on my back, but I had a back injury. It was real sore and bruised from when I fell on it.”

On playing for a Hall of Fame coach in Basil Mawbey and the change in Broad Ripple’s style of play:

“It was a lot different because Coach likes to run a lot of plays and set screens a lot. He changed our game from last year, because we were a run and gun team last year. He changed some of that up. In some games it was part of our success and in some games we could have used the run and gun.”

On Indiana’s recruitment and his relationship with Tom Crean:

“Last time I talked to Coach Crean was after the Lawrence Central game. I like IU. It’s a great facility there to be in, great fans. He thinks I’m one of those players that can come in and play right away.”

Video: 2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson

We had hoped to pair the below video with a Ron Patterson interview, but alas, it has not worked out thus far. We’re still attempting to get that done this week.

Patterson, as many of you know, is a 6-3 guard from Broad Ripple in Indianapolis that just completed his sophomore season. He’s a prospect we followed closely during AAU last year and we’re planning to do the same this year.

If this video is any indication, he’s come a long way since last summer and is certainly a prospect that fits a need Tom Crean talked about recently: A playmaker that can get into the lane.

Report: Moses Abraham to visit Indiana

For those of you without a NCAA recruiting pocket calendar, today was the first of the contact period. As such, Indiana coach Tom Crean traveled to the Washington D.C. area to meet with 2010 forward Moses Abraham.

Shortly after the meeting, a source told Inside the Hall to “be prepared for some good news.”

The good news, now being reported by The Herald-Times, is that Abraham will hold off on making a decision until he can visit Bloomington. What is not known at this point is when that visit will take place.

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