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By Paul Mesecke | Men's rankings from U20 National Championships

March 10, 2017

 Pictured:  South Australian Team Captain and Vice Captain, Jacob Rigoni (also tournament MVP) and Isaac White, with their gold medals after winning the National Championships.  The first time for SA at this level since 1993.  Even though these 2 men had a stellar championship, individually, some say that these guys and their great team mates have constantly achieved the only stat that matters.  Wins.  You don't do that alone.  They have brought their teams along with them and they had some great team mates in the 20s team.  They have always done it (get those wins) , and done it at all levels.    


Preface by Janx


In what will be a back to back, double header weekend of blogs (waiting on you Scotty haha) about the U20 National Championships we are excited by this first blog.  A top 20, if you will, of players from the Championships.


Paul Mesecke has been able to undertake an unbiased assessment of players at U20 National Championships looking purely at a statistical based model he has come up with.  He did not even see the tournament, other than highlights, and the Grand Final, as he is based  overseas working for a Basketball club. 


Paul has a great mix of basketball (Director of Coaching, National Assistant Coach, State medal winning Head Coach) and academic (Economics) qualifications to undertake the assessment of these kinds of models.


I personally like how these models take game pace and player minutes played into account, but as we will constantly say these rankings are far from the be all and all, they are just a useful component.  Let us know your feedback.


Over to Mes


Whilst we do things differently in Australia we can always learn from American practices.  One of the practices we have been discussing at is player rankings.  We want to find ways to rank players without biased opinions.  As such we are releasing player efficiency (PER) based rankings.  We are very keen to hear ideas and feedback from anyone out there on this idea as well as interested to hear from anyone that attends national championships who may want to form a panel of coaches and experts to come up with nationally based player rankings.  We are keen for feedback and contributions on this idea as always.


With all the different ways of assessing and comparing players, we have been debating the legitimacy of purely individual opinion. We all have our biases towards players, either due to relationships or personal experience, or commercial gain (as could be the perceived case when rankings are done by commercial entities