Efficiency Ratings: USC Upstate

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game-by-game to give Wolfpack fans a more in-depth look at player production.

A quick way NBA coaches measure a player's game performance is by evaluating his efficiency. In order to find a player's efficiency the following formula is used:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers))

For example, compare the following stat lines:

Player A: 17 points (5-of-22 FG, 7-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers

Player B: 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers

Who had the better game? Using the NBA formula player B, who hit five of eight shots and committed two turnovers registered a +20 efficiency total while Player A who missed 17 shots and had four turnovers had just a +11 rating.

Here is a look at how NC State's players have fared this season, starting with the recent game against USC Upstate.


Playing its annual game in Reynolds Coliseum, NC State led throughout the contest against USC Upstate, winning convincingly 79-60.

In parenthesis is the change in efficiency from the previous game against Syracuse.

Ryan Harrow: +25 (+7 vs. CUSE = +18 change)
Lorenzo Brown: +24 (+22)
C.J. Leslie: +16 (-5)
Scott Wood: +15 (+1)
Deshawn Painter: +7 (-1)
Richard Howell: +5 (0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +5 (+3)
Javier Gonzalez: +2 (-7)
C.J. Williams: +1 (+1)

OBSERVATIONS: Freshman point guard Ryan Harrow had the best game of his career. The speedster played 25 minutes and scored 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He had five assists and three steals, and he didn't record a turnover.

Like Harrow, Lorenzo Brown had a terrific game. The freshman guard scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and hit his only three-point attempt and both free throws. He chipped in six assists and five rebounds with just one turnover. A strong outing for Brown after two below-average games.

CJ Leslie continues to play well. The Wolfpack freshman wasn't particularly efficient from the field (5-of-12), but he added seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and a steal. Like Harrow, he he didn't record a turnover, which has been an issue for him this season.

All three freshmen were terrific. They accounted for 50 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, and just one turnover.

Scott Wood had another efficient outing. He attempted just four shots, but his three of them (all 3-pointers). In 31 minutes Wood finished with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

However, senior point guard Javier Gonzalez struggled. Battling a stomach ailment, Gonzalez played just 14 minutes. He didn't hit any of his three field goal attempts, and finished with four points, two assists, one rebound, and one steal.


Throughout the season we will track the various highs and lows using the formula.

Six Most Efficient Performances
C.J. Leslie vs. Tenn. Tech (+29)
Ryan Harrow vs. USC Upstate (+25)
Lorenzo Brown vs. USC Upstate (+24)
Richard Howell vs. George Mason (+24)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Tenn. Tech (+23)
C.J. Leslie vs. Syracuse (+21)

Six Least Efficient Performances*
C.J. Leslie vs. East Carolina (-4)
Javi Gonzalez vs. Wisconsin (-4)
Ryan Harrow vs. Georgetown (-2)
C.J. Leslie vs. Wisconsin (-1)
Ryan Harrow vs. Wisconsin (0)
Jordan Vandenberg vs. Syracuse (0)
C.J. Williams vs. Syracuse (0)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through eight games. (Efficiency/game)

Lorenzo Brown: +107 (13.4)
Scott Wood: +104 (13.0)
Richard Howell: +90 (11.3)
C.J. Leslie: +80 (10.0)
Ryan Harrow: +67 (8.4)
Deshawn Painter: +63 (7.9)
Javier Gonzalez: +57 (7.1)
Tracy Smith: +13 (6.5)
C.J. Williams: +36 (4.5)
Jordan Vandenberg: +31 (3.9)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.3 per game efficiency -- .65 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 13.4 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 10.0 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 13.0 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 7.9 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.4 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 7.1 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.9 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 4.5 per game efficiency -- .28 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency, mainly due to his low number of minutes played. He has battled foul trouble in several games this season.

Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown improved their numbers due to their games against USC Upstate. Brown fills up the stat sheet... he has totaled six or more assists in four of the eight games this year, and is currently fifth in the ACC (4.3).

Harrow's numbers have been hampered by his lack of rebounding and poor field goal percentage. He still didn't grab a board against USC Upstate but shot 10-of-13 from the field which will help his field goal percentage immensely.

Scott Wood is second on the team in efficiency but just fourth in efficiency per minute because he leads the team in minutes played. Wood, who some folks may not have believed would even start this year, is averaging nearly 31 minutes per game.

NC State should welcome back Tracy Smith this week, which will give the Wolfpack a true scoring option in the post. Smith is a very efficient player and should improve on his numbers the more he plays.

NOTES: Players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some way to be considered for per game E-ratings.

We'll be updating the efficiency ratings after each game.

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