It’s been making the rounds on Twitter over the last couple of days that KenPom has added age data for college basketball players (though I believe this is in the “members only” section, so not the free data anyone can access). This means you get a sense of how old a player is relative to the average in his class. Saw some MSU data out there today…
Nick Ward – 1 month younger than average
Miles – 7 months younger than average
Cash – 7 months younger than average
Langford – 7 months older than average
Tum – 7 months older than average
McQuaid – 11 months older than average
Ahrens – 5 months older than average
Goins – 2 months younger than average
Jackson – 13 months younger than average
Tillman – 5 months younger than average
They didn’t have Gav’s numbers posted but I believe he’s in the Miles/Cash category at least in terms of age relative to class…might be even closer to Jackson.
Now, I’m personally of the belief that the age stuff gets over discussed. It matters a great deal in early high school, because you can easily see the impact of more fully developed bodies at that age over “peers.” However, I tend to believe that by the time players hit college, for the most part, it’s not that big a factor. I always go back to Dontae Henton, who was about a year or maybe even a bit more than that “old” for his class. That was used as a knock against him and early on in HS, I could see it, because he was just bigger and stronger than other guys in his class. Sure didn’t stop him from being a very productive college player at Providence, though. Nevertheless, for those who think it matters (and there are credible arguments in that direction too, I think), the data seems to suggest that MSU’s best players are significantly younger than their peers, which *might* indicate more upside to come in their development.