First off, this is not a personal attack on Jared Wilson-Frame. Just a look into the numbers. So Make no mistakes, Pitt’s offensive woes to start ACC play is not a Wilson-Frame issue only. But when we dig a little deeper, his recent shooting issues are hurting Pitt far more than they need to.
Jared would finish last night 2-13 on the night. The Panthers shot 34% for the game, and if you take his stats out they finished 41% from the field. Pitt shot 17-49 from the field, if they take the same 49 shots shooting at 41% they finish with about 10 more points in the game. (That is merely a guess, it could be as low as 6 or as high as 12 points)In the example last night, taking him out of the equation probably does not make a difference because they game got away from them much earlier in the first half.
In the Miami game on Saturday, Pitt shot 39% from the field and during that game Jared went 3-16. Pitt made 22 of 56 shots. So if you take the same formula as I did above, Pitt’s shooting percentage without him would have been 47%. If you give the same shot total with him in the game, but take the percentage made from 39% to 47% they would have finished with at minimum A 10 point increase. Probably more because of the other players ability to make the 3 with more consistency.
Pitt needs his defense and size on the court, but his cold shooting whether he is open or not honestly has to be limited to only a few shots a game for this team to improve as currently constructed.(meaning without Luther)
He also turned the ball over 4 times in the Miami game and 2 more last night. If he continues that trend, he will give Stallings no choice but to cut his minutes.
Wilson-Frame does have the ability to drive the lane and I think if they keep him in the role he currently holds he should make that his first and only option. He went 0-9 from three last night, which would have made him 2 for 4 from the field without those misses.
In the Miami game, he was 0-8 from three in the first half and finished 2 for 11 from three. Eliminating that shot from his game for the time being, regardless if he is open or not will go along way in helping this team offensively, at least for now.