Garrett’s scoring jump put into perspective

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For two years and 64 consecutive starting assignments in 2009 and 2010, Diante Garrett averaged roughly nine points per game for the Cyclone men’s basketball team.

Then, Fred Hoiberg came to town.

The first-year coach insisted that Garrett would have the keys to the offense for the 2011 Cyclones. That was an interesting vision since Garrett had averaged only eight shots (1.5 three-point attempts) per game as a sophomore and junior.

DG has improved his scoring norm by nearly eight points and almost doubled his shot attempts.

Since 1970, a number of Cyclones have seen big scoring increases in their final college season. Here are the four who increased their scoring averages by double figures: Lafester Rhodes (19.7), Tom Schafer (14.0), Tyray Pearson (10.3) and Mark Baugh (10.0). Those men, however, went from sub-to-starter in their final seasons.

Garrett’s transformation is strikingly different. He had been a two-year starter with 96 career games played. The book on him had, supposedly, already been written.

There is one transformation in Cyclone history remarkably similar to Garrett. It is that of Terry Woods, whom DG recently joined in the 1,000 point, 500 assist club (Jeff Hornacek is the only other member of that ISU club). Here’s a quick comparison:
 

Woods

FGA/g

Asst/g

Pts/g

Garrett

FGA/g

Asst

Pts/g

Soph.

6.3

5.3

6.8

Soph.

8.5

5.0

9.1

Jr.

8.4

5.4

8.9

Jr.

8.1

5.1

9.2

Sr.

12.4

6.2

16.1

Sr.

15.8

5.8

17.1

Hoiberg was playing at Ames High School when Woods became an impact player. Perhaps, he saw that same story unfolding again.


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