NC State star leads nation in assist/turnover ratio heading into March Madness
NC State is elite at not turning the ball over this season. For you analytics lovers out there, the Wolfpack rank 3rd in the country per KenPom in turnover percentage, averaging a turnover on just 13% of their possessions. For reference, the national average hovers just over 18%.
NC State has several strong ballhandlers and several more players within the top 150 in turnover percentage at an individual level. Jack Clark, Casey Morsell and Jarkel Joiner come to mind.
In fact, Joiner tops the nation in a sister category: Assist to turnover ratio. The Ole Miss transfer is No. 1 by a longshot in this ration, dishing out 5.6 assists per turnover committed. 2nd place is far behind, Virginia’s Reece Beekman at 3.76 assists per committed turnover.
That’s a pretty incredible number.
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Joiner has been an integral piece to NC State’s regular season success. In addition to leading the country in assist/turnover ration, he also is No. 28 in percentage of minutes played, 112th in free throw percentage and No. 83 in avoiding fouls.
Not to mention, he’s likely NC State’s most reliable scorer. He and Terquavion Smith lead the way with 17.3 points per game each, though Joiner does it on a better clips from the field (43.6% compared to 36.8%).
Making a deep run in the ACC Tournament is going to command some star power from Joiner. The Wolfpack are on the favorable side of the bracket, let’s see if they can make some magic.