The Evolution of Improvement- Kuric, C. Smith, and Siva

Posted on Jul 5 2011 - 12:12am by Ethan Moore

Just by watching this past year’s 25-10 Cardinals basketball team, one can tell it was much improved from the 20-13 squad the previous year.  However, once you go inside the numbers of three major contributors from this year’s team: Kuric, Chris Smith, and Siva, it is easy to tell that their improvement and growth made the difference in the 2010-11 team’s regular season success.  The first prime example is Kyle Kuric.  When he is not dunking on your face, he’s knocking down trifectas.  Here are his numbers in the 2009-10 season: 14 Minutes per game; FG (43-97) 46%; 3FG (18-50) 36%; FT (15-24) 63% 75 Rebounds-2.5 rpg  119 points-4.0 ppg

2010-11 season: 28 Minutes per game; FG (130-253) 51%; 3FG (70-156 ) 45%; FT (25-33) 76% 129 rebounds-3.9 rpg; 355 points-10.8 ppg

Next is Peyton Siva.  The Sophomore got the playing time many Cardinal fans wanted him to have the year before.  Like Kuric, Siva’s overall game greatly improved and he grew up big-time making a name for himself outplaying Kemba Walker up in Storrs.  Stats from his 2009-10 season: 11 Minutes per game; FG (38-88) 43%; 3FG (19-47) 40%; FT (25-41) 61%; 56 assists/46 TOs; 31 steals; 120 points-3.9 ppg

2010-11 season: 28 Minutes per game; FG (114-256) 45%; 3FG (25-92) 27%; FT (94-138) 68%; 182 assists/101 TOs; 69 steals; 347 points-9.9 ppg

On to Chris Smith, the surprise player on this year’s team.  His career averages from Manhattan (2007-08 & 2008-09 seasons)are: 20 Minutes per game; FG (211-560) 38%; 3FG (56-196) 29%; FT (118-170) 65%; 58 assists; 240 rebounds-4.8 rpg;  596 points-11.9 ppg

2010-11 season: 26 Minutes per game; FG (116-253) 46%; 3FG (38-94) 40%; FT (58-85) 68%; 88 assists; 161 rebounds-4.1 rpg; 328 points-9.4 ppg

While the three players above have shown how much improvement they have made, one player shows the need for much more.  Mike Marra came to UofL because of his shooting acumen.  However, he has yet to showcase it at a good clip.  His stats from his 2009-10 season: 10 Minutes per game; FG (27-94) 29%; 3FG (20-82) 24%; FT (11-15) 73%; 29 rebounds-1.1 rpg; 16 assists; 85 points-3.1 ppg

2010-11 season: 20 Minutes per game; FG (63-199) 32%; 3FG (45-161) 28%; FT (26-33) 79%; 66 rebounds-21. rpg; 61 assists; 197 points-6.4 points

Highlights: *Kuric made 25 more 3s than Marra while attempting 5 less

*Kuric almost tripled his points-per-game output, raised his 3-point % 9 points

*Siva more than doubled his points-per-game output, but his 3-point % fell 13 points

*Smith had 58 assists in 2 years at Manhattan; he had 88 total this past year

*Marra tripled his last year’s assist total this past year

A great discussion is taking place on insidetheville.com about who the most improved player will be next year.

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  1. Cool Card July 5, 2011 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I believe there is little doubt that Terrence Jennings will be the most improved player from last season. He was a 5-star recruit and there's only so long CRP can hold him back. I look for him to lead the BEAST in blocks, rebounds and resisting arrest charges.

    As far as the scout boards, I've got no use for them any more. We took Senore from there and he was the only poster who had any decent insight.

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  2. Senore July 5, 2011 at 8:48 am - Reply

    When talking about the three above players, the first thing to come to my mind is the "Pitino Effect." Only one player was highly rated, but I have to think now all three are on the lottery board for next years draft. Siva might be #1 because he attended the CP3 camp and had a good game against Walker last year. Nevermind the fact Knight/Lamb/Liggins shut him down, because they all played for Calipayme and sUcK. Nunez and Price will be STUDS this season, mark it down. Pierce/Garnett combo in college = banner #3 for the Cardinal Nation.

    Follow me on twitter @SenoreLawns

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    • Pahpsmir July 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Siva will be # 1 because of his ability to control the game offensively and defensively. Just look at his assist-to-turnover ratio. That's the make-up of a championship team…a PG of Siva's caliber.

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  3. Ethan July 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    IMO, Marra will have a limited chance to make a contribution this year. he had his chances last year and didn't come through but once.

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    • Senore July 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Pitino will utilize Marra for his deadly outside shooting this year. With our NBA frontline of Dieng, Buckles and SVT, Marra should be open all day to knock down the open 3 or take it to the hole for one of his many rim rattling dunks. Cant wait for this year……mark it down…undefeated and beat the Cayuts by 21 in Corrupt arena.

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  4. professional essay November 7, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    That was the most exciting game that I was there to watch live and I love to watch that type of game once more. There are many new players that were seen in this game.

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