Stat insights: Nike Global Challenge - Malik Abdul Abu, Cheick Diallo, Terry Larrier, more

by Tim Lewis

Some statistical insights on St. John's targets as the July recruiting period heads into the final sessions.

Last week, a number of top US players and players from (or with connections to) the African Continent, Brazil, France, and Canada came together for the Nike Global Challenge - a live-period event that brought a number of targets and players of interest together for the Johnnies.

Much like Nike's EYBL series that culminated in the Peach Jam, it was a chance to see how players Malik-Abdul Abu, Cheick Diallo, Terry Larrier, Khadeen Carrington, Robert Johnson, and JaQuon Newton performed against their level of talent - and with box scores.

(Thanks, Nike.)

We've compiled their stat outputs over the four games, calculating some "advanced" statistics to help get a better sense of what the players are doing while on the court, making it easier to compare them without those pesky "minutes" getting in the way. (Feel free to ask about any abbreviations you don't understand.)

USA Targets

First, the USA East team targets, by their averages:


FG
FGA
3PFG
3PFGA
FT
FTA
Tot
PF
Pts
Ast
TO
Blk
Stl
Min
Khadeen Carrington
3.8
7.3
0.3
0.8
1.8
2.3
1.8
0.8
9.5
1.8
0.3
0.0
1.0
17.0
Robert Johnson
4.0
8.0
0.3
1.8
2.5
3.0
2.5
1.5
10.8
0.5
1.0
0.0
1.0
17.3
Terry Larrier
4.5
9.0
0.5
1.3
1.5
2.8
6.5
1.8
11.0
1.5
0.8
0.3
0.3
23.0
JaQuon Newton
2.5
7.5
0.3
1.0
3.3
4.5
2.8
0.3
8.5
3.0
2.0
0.0
1.3
23.3

Of note: Khadeen Carrington of Bishop Loughlin may be less of a priority for the Johnnies, but he gets off a lot of shot attempts without turning the ball over - a mini Phil Greene IV? JaQuon Newton - who has discussed joining Isaiah Whitehead in college as a package deal - was a solid facilitator, and drew some fouls.

Calculating their tempo-free numbers adds more insight:

Min%
3FG%
3FG/FG%
2FG%
FTR
FT%
OR%
DR%
SH%
Poss
Ast%
TO%
BLK%
FG%
Khadeen Carrington
42.5%
33.3%
10.3%
53.8%
31.0%
77.8%
7.1%
2.9%
23.1%
20.0%
14.4%
3.4%
0.0%
51.7%
Robert Johnson
43.1%
14.3%
21.9%
60.0%
37.5%
83.3%
7.0%
7.2%
25.2%
24.7%
4.1%
10.9%
0.0%
50.0%
Terry Larrier
57.5%
40.0%
13.9%
51.6%
30.6%
54.5%
9.4%
18.5%
21.2%
17.8%
8.8%
8.5%
0.8%
50.0%
JaQuon Newton
58.1%
25.0%
13.3%
34.6%
60.0%
72.2%
2.1%
9.7%
17.5%
22.2%
15.5%
18.0%
0.0%
33.3%

Terry Larrier - known to be an athletic, 6'7" wing who can damage rims - hit over 50% of his shots, a few threes, and rebounded solidly for a wing. Those numbers - grabbing over 9% of available offensive rebounds and 18% of defensive rebounds - would make him comparable to JaKarr Sampson's rebounding prowess at St. John's.

Robert Johnson, meanwhile, can get off quite a few shots (more on this later on the Rumble, as we look back at his EYBL stats). He shot the three poorly, but has been effective from distance in the past; and the 83% free throw shooting percentage means that he likely has a solid, repeatable stroke, which tends to translate into being able to shoot with range.

JaQuon Newton passed decently, but missed a number of shots.

Carrington made some passes and didn't turn the ball over - a very useful skill.

A highlight tape of Larrier at the Nike Global Challenge:

Pan African team

A look at 2015 elite forward Cheick Diallo and 2014's Malik-Abdul Abu. Both played for the "Pan-African" team; though Abu was born in the United States, he has Nigerian heritage, and wanted to play against the best. Both fared well, with Diallo averaging a double-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks per game. Abu averaged 15 and a half points per game.


FG
FGA
FG
FGA
FT
FTA
Tot
PF
Pts
Ast
TO
Blk
Stl
Min
Cheick Diallo
4.3
8.5
0.0
0.0
2.0
7.3
10.0
3.8
10.5
0.5
4.0
2.0
1.3
24.0
Malik-Abdul Abu
6.3
10.8
0.3
0.5
2.8
4.0
4.8
1.0
15.5
0.5
2.0
1.3
0.3
22.3

Advanced stats give more detail:

Min%
3FG%
3FG/FG%
2FG%
FTR
FT%
OR%
DR%
SH%
Poss
Ast%
TO%
BLK%
FG%
Cheick Diallo
58.1%
n/a
0.0%
50.0%
85.3%
27.6%
17.2%
19.3%
20.6%
22.3%
3.5%
35.0%
5.8%
50.0%
Malik-Abdul Abu
53.9%
50.0%
4.7%
58.5%
37.2%
68.8%
10.3%
8.5%
28.1%
25.6%
4.6%
16.5%
3.9%
58.1%

Malik-Abdul Abu took 28% of his team's shots while he was on the floor like a featured player, even connecting one of two three-point attempts and still nailing 58% of his shots inside the arc. His offensive rebounding was solid, but his defensive board work was lacking - likely because his teammate Cheick Diallo handled the defensive glass (with help from teammate Obi Enechionyia).

Diallo, meanwhile, showed himself to be an agile, excellent player in transition and effective on the glass - knocking away shots at a very good (though not Obekpa-esque) level. He drew fouls, played heavy minutes... the only thing he didn't do was hit his free throws.

Diallo went 8 for 29 from the line, including an 0/6 effort in the first game and a 2/10 effort in the final game of the Nike Global Challenge. And for a big man, his turnovers were quite high. But given the way he can dominate a game, and his athleticism, and his rebounding, those free throw and turnover issues will be overlooked and worked on. See the mixtape below to understand why.

Coming next for St. John's

It's been a busy July for the Red Storm. Steve Lavin, Tony Chiles, Darrick Martin, and Rico Hines have traversed the country looking for talent. In the head coach's own words:

We know that Malik-Abdul Abu, Goodluck Obonokoh, and Pascal Chukwu, among others, are major targets for St. John's. Steve Lavin's squad has three scholarships to use.

Starting today, tournaments in Atlantic City and Las Vegas kick off - the Adidas Super 64 and the Nike sponsored Las Vegas Fab 48, in particular, draw coaches from all over the country to drive around the Las Vegas area, trying to see all of their targets. The recruiting specialists will check in with which coach is watching who, and we'll retweet useful information on @RumbleSBN, the Twitter page.

And we will continue tracking targets on the Recruiting Page.

More from Rumble In The Garden:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Rumble In The Garden

You must be a member of Rumble In The Garden to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rumble In The Garden. You should read them.

Join Rumble In The Garden

You must be a member of Rumble In The Garden to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rumble In The Garden. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker