Thursday, December 19, 2013

What A Difference A Year Makes

Milwaukee’s quick turnaround from 2012-13 until now has been highlighted by a number of tremendous individual improvements:

- Senior Kyle Kelm has upped his scoring average from 5.1 points per game a season ago to 13.2 points per contest this year. He is also shooting 61.5 percent from the floor this year after making only 41.0 percent of his shots in ‘12-’13.

- Sophomore Austin Arians is averaging 12.3 points per contest this year after averaging 6.6 points per game a season ago. He has also improved his game dramatically inside the arc. He made just 23 two-point shots all of last season but has already made 28 this year. Taken one step further, 74.7 percent of Arians’ shots came from three-point range a year ago, while this season 59.8 percent of his shots have come from beyond the arc.

- Senior Jordan Aaron was forced to take more than 23 percent of Milwaukee shots a season ago, but this year is taking less than 19 percent of its shots.

- Milwaukee’s two best newcomers - Steve McWhorter and Matt Tiby - have combined for 22.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. For comparison sake, UWM’s five-person senior class a year ago averaged 29.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contest over 32 games.