Jackson shined brightest during a stretch between April 15 and May 5, when Christopher Newport recorded a flawless 4-0 record against Stockton, Mary Washington, and Kean (twice). During this period, his individual efficiency rated a 93 on our 100-point scale. Jackson’s shooting efficiency was at an elite 95th percentile and his ball security was nearly impeccable, ranking in the 99th percentile. However, it’s worth noting that his assist rate, while lower at the 30th percentile, didn’t detract from the overall impact he had on games. That just was not the role he was asked to play in this offense.
In contrast, Jackson’s toughest period came between May 7 and May 21, when the team finished 2-2 against Salisbury, Hope, Gettysburg, and Salisbury again. His individual efficiency dropped to the 56th percentile in these contests. Despite taking on a larger share of shots and assists during this time, Jackson’s shooting efficiency decreased to the 70th percentile, and his ball security, while still strong at the 82nd percentile, couldn’t match his earlier performance. His assist rate further dipped to the 14th percentile, underscoring a challenging phase in his season. He was a bigger part of the offense during this period, but the efficiency didn’t quite keep up in the larger role. This is not uncommon.
Despite some variability in his performance, Jackson maintained commendable ball security throughout the year, with his season culminating in a remarkable 93rd percentile ranking, and a robust 92nd percentile share of the team’s shots, underscoring his pivotal role in the offense. Even with a modest 21st percentile in assist rate and a 36th percentile share of the team’s assists, Jackson’s contributions remained significant. Worth noting though that he was not necessarily a go-do-it-yourself type of player as 68% of his goals were assisted by a teammate.
The contrast between Jackson’s best and worst stretches provides valuable insight into his strengths and weaknesses. The drop in shooting efficiency emerges as the most conspicuous factor differentiating his most and least productive periods. And when Jackson performed well, so did Christopher Newport, indicative of his vital contribution to the team’s overall performance.
In sum, Brett Jackson’s 2023 season was a testament to his ability to handle a larger offensive responsibility with a high level of effectiveness. His enhanced shooting efficiency and steadfast ball security were standout features of a season that, while not without its challenges, affirmed Jackson’s status as an above-average and highly efficient player.
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P.S. What did I miss? Data-centric analyses like this can miss things that don’t show up in the stats (i.e. injuries/coaching changes). If you can help explain any of the above, put it in the comments.