Miami-Ohio’s Michael Weathers might not be getting the national attention UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s Malik Monk, Kansas’ Josh Jackson or Duke’s trio of freshman are getting, but Weathers has been, statistically, one of the best newcomers this season.
The Shawnee Mission North alumnus is averaging 19.5 points per game, which is third among freshman in the country behind Washington’s Markelle Fultz (23.2 ppg) and Monk (21.9 ppg). Monk, however, helped his average on Saturday with 48 points in a 103-100 win against North Carolina.
But it’s Weathers who is being relied on more by his team. When he’s on the court, Weathers uses 39.2 percent of the Redhawks’ possessions. What that means is Weathers is making or missing shots or turning the ball over on two-fifths of all of Miami’s shots. And when Weathers is on the court, he’s taking 35.1 percent of his team’s shots, which is 20th in the country.
And if you’re thinking Weathers is hogging the ball, think again. He’s fourth in the nation in assist rate, 48.7, which is assists divided by the field goals made by the player’s teammates while he is on the court.
Those ranks, provided by KenPom, aren’t among freshman only; it’s among all classes.
Weathers thrived on getting to the foul line while a member of the Indians and he’s proving it in the college ranks as he’s fifth in the nation drawing 8.9 fouls per 40 minutes. His 77.6 percent clip from the line is 417th in the nation, but his free throw rate is 55.1, which is free throws attempted divided by field goals attempted is 148th in the nation.
Weathers isn’t just preforming well on the offensive end as he’s made nearly 49 percent of his shots, he’s been putting in work on the defensive end.
He’s blocked 8 percent of opponents two-point field goals and has stolen the ball on 3 percent of possessions when he’s on the court, which ranks 64th and 237th, respectively.
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Weathers hasn’t been too shabby on the glass, but twin brother Marcus has grabbed 20.1 percent of all defensive rebounds when he’s on the floor, which is 257th.
The Redhawks are 5-6 on the season, but the future is bright in Oxford, Ohio. The rest of the nation might be kicking themselves for not offering this duo.