The totally unfair post where I compare Jack Gibbs to Steph Curry

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"This dude above me is pretty good, too"

“This dude above me is pretty good too”

Hey, someone had to do it, might as well be us at A10talk.com. Davidson sophomore Jack Gibbs is off to a sensational start, scoring a league-high 32 points in his A-10 opener while completely shredding Richmond’s defense this weekend. Fair or not, you play like that at Davidson (not to mention score 21 points at UVA) as a guard and you are gonna hear a lot about Steph Curry. So F it, let’s look at the two, side-by-side, at this point in their college careers.

Sophomore Gibbs (so far)
29.8 min, 17.4 ppg (23.4 per 40), 4.2 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 2.1 tpg, 58.3% fg%, 48.1% 3p%
139.5 offensive rating, 23.2% of possessions used, 67.9% efg%, 73.2% true shooting %
26.6 assist rate, 16.2 turnover rate

Sophomore Curry
33.1 min, 25.9 ppg (31.3 per 40), 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2 spg, 2.5 tpg, 48.3% fg%, 43.9% 3p%
121.2 offensive rating, 31.8% of possessions used, 60.7% efg%, 64% true shooting %
19.3 assist rate, 14.3 turnover rate

So there you go, a snapshot of Davidson’s all-time great in his sophomore season right next to a current sophomore who is looking damn good. Gibbs leads Curry in virtually every offensive statistic outside of points per contest but is less used than Curry who dominated his team’s possessions as a sophomore. When Gibbs has the ball however (still a lot), he’s been deadly good.

Another advantage for Curry is his stats are based off a complete season including four NCAA tournament games against the likes of Gonzaga, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Kansas. Can Gibbs continue his stellar play as the competition increases? His 163 o-rating against Virginia, arguably one of the top-2 defenses in college hoops, suggests he can (although he struggled at UNC).

 

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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