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The Wears: Selfish Ball Hogs?

The evidence is overwhelming.

Since minutes were recorded as an official stat in 1977, Travis Wear has the lowest rate of assists per minute of any Bruin forward. Just by accident one could average more than one assist every 69 minutes of playing time. You would think that he would at least pass to his brother, but believe it or not, he only has one assist to David all year (and they've played together plenty of minutes). David is not much better, ranking right around some who were not exactly known for giving the ball up, Kenny Fields and TJ Cummings.

Is this the result of teammates not getting open or just not making shots after a rare Wear pass? Just to check, I tracked their possessions in the game I happened to be watching today, the last few minutes of the first half and entire second half against Cal. The Wears touched the ball 11 times inside the 3-point arc and shot the ball . . . 11 times!

Now the Wears shooting the ball isn't exactly a bad thing. Their shooting percentage is rather good (over 50% between them). The team assists on 55% of its baskets, just about average for a college team. And the offensive efficiency is pretty good (#52 by Pomeroy). But one has to wonder whether this has some effect on the overall attitudes of the other players. Maybe considering the Wear's good shooting, the guards don't pass the ball to them enough, since most likely they know they won't get it back. Maybe that's why our guards take so many bad shots.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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