What makes for scoring efficiency in college basketball?
Is it the ability to make a high percentage of your shots? The comparison of points scored to turnovers committed? Some third-level statistical matrix that requires a monthly subscription to read (and a doctorate in statistics to comprehend)?
There are hundreds of different quantitative values that various stat gurus have attached to the thousands of players hitting the court each season, and any number of them could be used to establish an efficiency ranking.
But we like to do things a little differently here, so we're coming up with our own figure.
It's a modified version of the points-per-shot stat, which normally divides the number of points scored by the number of field goals attempted. But ours gives extra credit for assists (since those lead to other players' scoring efficiency) and takes away for turnovers committed.
The end result: The Bleacher Efficient Scorer Tally, or The BEST for short. Good players have a rating of 1.2 or better, while the best of The BEST score at 1.5 or above.
We've gone through the stats for the top 250 scorers in Division I as well as the top assist men in the game (based on their averages through Dec. 22) and picked out the 10 most efficient. Check it out and let us know what you think.
(NOTE: Notre Dame's Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from the team Dec. 22 due to academic issues, was among the top 10 in our ratings, but he was not included.)