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St. John's basketball - Dele Coker Half-Season Conference Report

(stats acquired from Statsheet.com. Photos courtesy of Red Storm Sports. All stats are as of February 10th.)

Guarded enthusiasm greeted the news that Ayodele "Dele" Coker had slimmed down to 260 pounds; Coach Norm Roberts spoke about Dele Coker's improvement to news outlets, and it sounded like the freshmen had gotten serious and grown strong, ready to battle the towering big men of the Big East.

Dele Coker vs VT Well, halfway through the conference season, Coker looks better and quicker, but the improvement in his offense is negligible. Mind you, he doesn't play steady minutes, but there's not much in his offense that compels a coach to leave him out there longer.

On defense, besides an increased (!) propensity to foul that is now up near 10 fouls per 40 minutes, his rebounding percentages have stayed strong. Which is funny, because rebounds still go through his hands, which need a little more improvement. His block percentages are high, and he gets called for a few fouls that look like clean blocks to me... perhaps that's why his fouling rate has skyrocketed.

He is not getting to the line often; he is shooting less, and has been a non-factor on one end of the court, but hints at being able to make an impact on the defensive side.

Below are tables with Coker's conference numbers from this year and his freshman year. To better understand the individual tempo-free statistics mean, read here and a glossary of terms here.

See the full half-season spreadsheet here for all players.

Tempo-free Statistics, Conference Games only

Dele Coker
2007-08
2008-09
STAT
Value
Value
Minute Pct
22.4
24.5
Floor Pct
33.7
27.5
Offensive Rating
61.3
55.1
Shot Pct
14.9
10.9
Effective FG Pct
25.0
31.2
True Shooting Pct
26.8
29.4
Free Throw Rate
46.8
12.5
2pt FG Point Pct
76.1
100.0
3pt FG Point Pct
0.0
0.0
FT Point Pct
23.8
0.0
Off Reb Pct
7.5
14.5
Def Reb Pct
20.7
18.3
Assist Pct
3.9
0.0
Steal Pct
0.7
1.1
Turnover Pct
17.8
44.0
Block Pct
5.0
14.0

Per-Game Statistics, Conference Games only

Dele Coker
2007-08
2008-09
STAT
Value
Value
Games Played
16
11
Games Started
4
0
Min Per Game
10.2
9.8
FG Pct
25.0
31.3
3pt FG Pct
0.0
0.0
FT Pct
33.3
0.0
Pts Per Game
1.3
0.9
Reb Per Game
2.3
2.8
Off Rebs Per Game
0.7
1.3
Def Rebs Per Game
1.6
1.5
Assists Per Game
0.2
0.0
Steals Per Game
0.1
0.2
TO Per Game
0.4
1.0
A/T Ratio
0.4
0.0
Blocks Per Game
0.4
1.4
Fouls Per Game
1.8
2.4
Foul Outs
1
1