Much excitement abounded at zagnation with the hiring of former Assistant UCLA Coach Donny Daniels. He was supposed to be a super recruiter and a "Big Man" specialist. Well, half of his first season has passed, so let's take a quick look at how he is doing.
The BIG MEN and some of their numbers:
Robert Sacre- ppg 15.2, rebounds 6.8, free throw .837%...much much better.
Elias Harris- ppg 12.5, rebounds 5.6, free throw .750%...lower than last year except FF% which is higher. A bit of a mixed bag. Perhaps he is still not 100% healthy?
Kelly Olynyk- ppg 6.7, rebounds 4.6, free throw .638%. Surprisingly enough, all much improved.
*No info to compare on Dower as he did not play last year.
They are ALL committing more turnovers which I found surprising. I would have thought because Sacre seems to be holding the ball up higher, passing out of the double more effectively, and putting the ball in the hole quicker that it would not be the case. But it is.
There are of course other stats to look at but I just wanted to try to get a general feel. We could look at the Zags record too but I wanted to keep it simple...for now. The stat that really stands out is the dramatic improvement in free throw shooting % and it makes me curious as to if Daniels should get credit for that, or someone else.
Anyways...How do you feel he is doing? Where can he improve? Is he a good "fit" as a coach for the Zags? Is he in any way, responsible for Gonzaga being in 4th place in the W.C.C.?