Fran Urli Out Indefinitely


Season ended Urli?


The Troy Record reported today on UAlbany’s first practice last night and among the interesting news was an update on Fran Urli:

Senior Fran Urli is out indefinitely because of hip surgery which took place in July.

It looks like we may not see Fran on the court for the entire season, so now is as a good as time to reflect back on Urli’s notably odd statistical output last season. Last season, Fran was the most efficient offensive player on UAlbany – edging out Will Harris with a 107.7 offensive rating in a respectable 43.1 % minutes played (and he was even a touch better in the America East conference). That was a bit of a shock to me at first, but then I looked back at some of his individual games. Check out this stat-line for the 2/9 match-up at UNH 4-4 FG, 6-7 FT and 3 offensive rebounds. There is a stat called field percentage that measures the success rate of a player when they try to score- Urli’s was 99% for this game. His offensive ratings got a huge boost from his offensive rebounding numbers- his 10.4 % of offensive rebounds #271 in the country (Metcalf had a better rating but didn’t play enough minutes to qualify for a ranking).

But at the same time as he was shooting 50% from the floor on offensive, he was untraceable on defense. He had five more offensive rebounds than defensive (49-44) and, even more incredibly, the 6’8 PF was the only player on the team without a block.  Even Louis Barazza only played 9 minutes all season and he managed to get a block.

Two unrelated thoughts:

1.Favorite quote coming out of the America East conference, Will Brown on Aronhalt (by way of Tim Wilkin):

“If he gets a step on the baseline, he will dunk on your head right now.”

That gets me fired up for the season- reminded me of Lillis’ great move along the baseline for a jam that would make the crowd explode. After too many years of passing the ball around the perimeter then taking low percentage shots, it’s exciting just to hear about anyone in purple and gold taking it to the rack!

2. Maine’s Gerald McLemore wasn’t unanimously voted first team by the coaches? Huh?? He’s a returning first-teamer who was sixth in the nation in total three pointers last season and he was keyed on by opposing defenses. The AE coaches are not notoriously adventurous in their picks, so count me surprised.

~ by TheMidRangeGame on October 17, 2010.

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