Kyan Anderson is a young player, which can account for his poor shot-selection and resulting field goal percentage. As for what accounts for Anderson being the TCU Horned Frogs‘ leading scorer, that I don’t know.
Anderson averages 11 points per-game and scored 10 in a 68-59 loss to the Texas Longhorns on TTuesday night but his nearly three turnovers per-game and shoots 39-percent from the field — 33-percent from 3-point range.
That’s not exactly a comforting stat line for a leading scorer.
Enter Connell Crossland. Crossland averages only 5 ppg but shoots 50-percent from the field. His physical play is a necessary component to the Horned Frogs’ success.
Frankly, anything is better than Anderson jacking up an ungodly amount of 3-ball attempts per-game.
Anderson has a handful of games in which his 3-point stats look like most people’s field goal attempts and he barely gets to the free-throw line. Couple that with the fact that only one other player besides Anderson shoots better than 70-percent from the free-throw line.
If you can’t make some of the closest shots on the court, your team isn’t likely to win many games.
Back to Crossland, though. He has 11 games of fewer than five shot attempts and TCU would almost assuredly have better results if he were more central in the offense.
It’s either that or enduring more trial by fire with Anderson. Not the greatest of plans.
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