Throughout the college season we’ve been compiling data on the so-called “top 100 freshman to watch“. With this data we hope to gain many insights into college soccer and these players.
It’s one thing to declare these players to be the incoming elite, and it’s another to follow up and see what impact they had. I don’t know of any source that actually does this.
Most conferences are only several games away from wrapping up, so I thought I’d put out a sample of the data and jot down some ideas on what kind of insight might be gained.
So far the average amount of minutes played is:
47 minutes per game
Players With Greater than 80 Minutes per Game
Players With Less than 20 Minutes per Game
Some thoughts on insights that might be gained from analyzing the full data set.
- Are these really the best 100 in the country?
- What did each player average in minutes?
- What schools/conferences/coaches played their coveted recruits?
- Can we make any kind of recommendations on what schools to possibly avoid (ie lack of playing time)?
- Average minutes played per position.
- How did the 100 fare as far as points go?
- How did the 3four3 selections fare by comparison?
- Average minutes played / point accumulation by youth club.
- Aside from minutes and points, analyze “starters”.
- Individual player minute trend (increase, decrease, or stay the same) … (indication of performance?)
- Point/shot analysis compared to rest of team.
- Analysis compared to “strength of school” (ie ranking).
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