Opinion: Highlanders Off to a Bad Start for the Season

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By: Zach Potter | zpotter2@radford.edu

Radford Men’s Basketball is off to a slow 1-2 start this season. This is an unusually slow start for the Highlanders, who are expected to win the Big South this year.

However, Highlander’s star player Carlik Jones is playing like expected. Jones is averaging 23 points per game (PPG) and has a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 35.5. A PER of over 30 is considered exceptional.

Radford’s second-star player, Travis Fields Jr., is not having a great start to the season. Fields averages 15.1 PPG but has a PER of 10.8 (average is considered 15).

Basketball is a team sport, and a key player’s poor play can bring a team down. Fields is the second most used player on the team (his usage percentage is 23.3) and is supposed to help create scoring opportunities.

Fields shoots the ball the second-most on the team but only has a 32.3% shooting percentage.

It’s hard to account for a team’s shortcomings on one player. However, the Highlanders need a more efficient output from Fields if they hope to be competitive in Big South Conference play.

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