Greivis Vasquez just won ACC Player of the Year.
Here's my reaction, expressed in weird clip art:
Short memories, huh voters? I guess a couple lucky shot-put prayers in the final game of the season are enough to sway 39 of the 53 folks who make the call. Let's take a closer look, just for fun.
Scheyer was never a natural point guard. Due to a lack of anyone else competently doing the job, Coach K asked him to assume the role last year, and he did a fine job while he learned the intricacies of the position. And this year? Let's take a look at one of the better stats used to measure PG proficiency: assist-to-turnover ratio. Scheyer had an astounding 3.0 attr, good for 5th in the entire nation.
Vasquez? 1.9. And he's supposed to be the born point guard!
And that's not the only place where Scheyer trumped Vasquez in efficiency. An 89% free throw shooter, and a 40% three-point shooter, Scheyer averaged 1.39 points per shot. All three of those stats trump Vasquez.
The last game obviously played a huge part in the final decision, but were any of the voters watching when Duke won by 22 at home? Where were they then?
Oh, and I bet that HUGE 41-point performance on the road at Virginia Tech was pretty important too, right? I wonder how well he shot that game...hmmm...how about 13 for fucking 33? That's not that great, folks. It's even below his season average; he just shot a lot. Any top player in a big conference can huck it up the same way.
And what the hell else were they looking at? Apparently, game averages. Game averages, that is, that will inherently favor a guy who takes more shots. Yes, Vasquez averaged .7 more points than Scheyer. But he attempted 40 more shots over the course of the season! And he's played one fewer game! So that stat's kinda useless, right? Remember how Duke has two other great performers who score an awful lot and need touches? Maryland's next highest scorer is Landon Millbourne. Ever heard of him? Me either. He contributes 12 per game. Nolan and Singler each average over 17 per. No comparison.
Vasquez also averages .9 assists more per game than Scheyer, but again, he turns the ball over 3.3 times, so that's pretty unimportant. LOOK AT THE EFFICIENCY STATISTICS, ASSHOLES.
This is the equivalent of a pitcher winning a Cy Young because he has the most wins, while the writers ignore ERA. Wouldn't happen, not anymore. So why is college basketball lagging behind?
By the way, Scheyer also has more steals, fewer personal fouls, more three-pointers (by 24), and more trips to the line.
The word 'outrage' is thrown around with great impunity, oftentimes in a comical fashion, but if there are outrages left in sports, this is one. Greivis, you're a turd. And you got lucky. Congrats. See you in the ACC title game, if you can make it that far, and then we'll find out how you match up with Scheyer on a neutral floor.
I DISLIKE YOU.