Whoever said that D2 men’s basketball was a “big man’s game” never met these five studs who not only are a big factor in their team’s success, but who also happen to be shorter than six feet tall.
We scoured the D2 men’s basketball universe – not to mention the NCAA stats rankings – to identify the five best players who stand 5’10” or shorter and present them to you, our loyal readers.
Defining advanced metrics (courtesy basketball-reference.com):
Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG) [(Field goals + 0.5 * three-pointers) / field goals attempted]: Adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
True Shooting Percentage (TS) [points / (2 * (field goal attempts + 0.44 + free throw attempts)]: A measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.
Assist Rate (or Assist Percentage) (AST%) [100 * Assists / (((Minutes Played / Team Minutes Played / 5)) * Team Field Goals) – Field Goals Made): An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor.