Melvin tops Big East freshman again


DePaul's Cleveland Melvin won his second consecutive Big East Rookie of the Week after good games against Cincinnati and Georgetown to start of conference play. Melvin is just the second Blue Demons player ever to pick up two Rookie of the Week awards in a season.

Given some extra playing time, Melvin's traditional statistics have really blossomed. He averaged 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in those two contests. 
A look at Melvin's tempo-free numbers show a player that is really coming into his own. While he's still only played 51.4 percent of the Blue Demons' available minutes he's second on the team in offensive rating at 108.7 while using the third most possessions, 25.7 percent, on offense. He doesn't turn the ball over a lot, just 12.5 percent of possessions, which allows him to get a ton of shots off. He takes 31.8 percent of the Blue Demons' shots when he's on the floor, the 48th highest total in the nation.
On defense Melvin's tempo-free numbers are good as well. He ranks 104th in the nation in block percentage and 486th in steal percentage, showing what the combination of a 6'8 frame and good athleticism can do for a player.
Between Melvin and Brandon Young the Blue Demons seem to have a strong base to compete in the Big East under Oliver Purnell's system moving forward. They'll just have to continue adding pieces alongside those two players who have certainly proven they can be key contributors moving forward.

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