By the Numbers: What if Demarcus Harrison had Stayed at BYU?

demarcus_harrisonFormer Cougar Demarcus Harrison is currently a senior starting shooting guard for the Clemson Tigers. He is having his most productive season as a collegiate basketball player averaging 11.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game. No doubt BYU could benefit from his leadership and production… right? Fortunately, BYU Insider just ran the numbers for offensive and defensive production for the first third of the season, so positioning Harrison on the current Cougar roster is easy-peasy.

Player GP Min PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Tyler Haws 11 31.9 23.8 4.5 2.4 0.8 0.5 2.2 .497 .901 .434
Demarcus Harrison 10 31.2 11.8 3.7 1.6 0.2 0.4 1.5 .455 .793 .349
Kyle Collinsworth 10 28.4 12.4 6.6 5.3 2.3 0.5 3.6 .462 .723 .364
Chase Fischer 11 28.1 13.9 2.1 2.6 0.8 0.1 1.8 .442 .727 .430
Anson Winder 11 26.3 13.4 4.3 2.1 1.4 0.4 1.0 .554 .696 .463
Skyler Halford 10 13.5 4.7 1.6 2.6 0.7 0.0 1.4 .368 1.000 .333
Frank Bartley IV 11 6.2 1.6 1.4 1.5 0.5 0.2 0.6 .500 .500 .000
Jake Toolson 7 9.3 3.7 2.4 1.0 0.7 0.0 0.3 .450 .000 .533
Jordan Ellis 4 5.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.000 .000 .000

So if Harrison were a current Coug he would be #2 on the team in minutes played but rank fifth among guards in points per game, fourth in rebounds, sixth in assists, and eighth in steals. In short, he definitely would not be getting 31.2 minutes per game, but would probably be closer to the 10 minutes per game, battling Halford and Bartley for playing time. In terms of production per 40 minutes Harrison stacks up even lower on the totem pole (or higher, depending on your conception of what a totem pole is/does).

Player MIN % MIN RP40 AP40 SP40 BP40 PFP40 TOP40 PTP40
Tyler Haws 351 .798 5.7 3.0 1.0 0.6 2.1 2.7 29.8
Demarcus Harrison 312 .780 4.7 2.1 0.3 0.5 2.6 1.9 15.1
Chase Fischer 309 .702 3.0 3.8 1.2 0.1 2.8 2.6 19.8
Anson Winder 289 .657 6.5 3.2 2.1 0.6 4.0 1.5 20.3
Kyle Collinsworth 284 .645 9.3 7.5 3.2 0.7 3.5 5.0 17.5
Skyler Halford 135 .307 4.7 7.7 2.1 0.0 4.7 4.1 13.9
Frank Bartley IV 68 .155 8.8 9.4 2.9 1.2 2.9 4.1 10.6
Jake Toolson 65 .148 10.4 4.3 3.1 0.0 2.5 1.2 16.0
Jordan Ellis 22 .050 3.6 3.6 0.0 0.0 1.8 1.8 3.6
All combined/8 190 .433 6.2 4.5 1.9 0.4 3.0 3.1 20.4

Harrison’s PER40 line of 15.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.0 APG looks pretty good. But when compared to the current BYU guards that line isn’t nearly as impressive. His rank on the guard line would slip to sixth in points scored, seventh in rebounds, ninth (last) in assists, and eighth in steals.

Some might argue that Harrison’s numbers aren’t a good comparison to current Cougars because he plays against ACC competition. Let me remind you that these numbers represent his production so far this season… or preseason in which he has played no ACC teams. Clemson’s SOS right now is 284 while BYU’s is 81 so the strength of schedule argument doesn’t hold. He’s simply producing less than the other BYU guards, period. Clearly, his transfer to Clemson has worked out well for all parties.

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