Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Banners on the Parkway postseason player report cards. We'll be breaking down each player's grades for the rest of this week and on into next week, where we'll reveal the top finisher according to the community. We'll also be assigning and explaining our own grades of each player. We'll start with the player who got the lowest community ranking and work our way up to the MVP. Visit our 2016: Season in Review page for every player breakdown.
|Trevon Bluiett||Votes||% of voteS|
|Community GPA: 3.61|
Trevon Bluiett led the Musketeers in scoring this year and, if not for the monster efforts of the MVP, would have taken home the honors of being the team's best player. Only five people thought Trevon was worth something below a B and, with a sample size that small, it's probably safe to say they were just being contrarian. Right now Bluiett is figuring out exactly where he sits in the NBA draft, but early signs point to him returning to Xavier for at least one more year. Based on this season's polling, he'll be the early favorite for MVP.
An efficiency of 114.2 with the highest percentage of shots taken on the team, leading the team in scoring, 40% from behind the arc, 77% from the line, the fourth highest assist rate on the team, and the lowest turnover rate. All of that adds up to an A in my book. Trevon wasn't incredibly effective from inside the arc and could probably use to drive a bit more, but that's diving pretty deep to find any criticism of a guy who had a very effective year on the offensive end.
Defensively, Trevon fits the mold of most of Xavier's guards and wings. He excelled in the 1-3-1 and was routinely victimized in the man to man. When he was in the blocks in a man defense Trevon was better than when he was when outside on a guard. This is probably as high as a C can go without being a grade higher. Trevon functions well as a four, not as well defensively as a three. Adding a great deal of value to his defensive ability was a 16.2% defensive rebounding rate. Trevon ended defensive possessions better than anyone on the team who wasn't 6-10.
If you came into this season expecting more than what you got from Trevon, your expectations were too high. Xavier's leading scorer may have had his struggles in the man to man defense, but his efforts in the zone and on offense more than made up for that. Many of way too early polls for the 2016-17 season cite Bluiett as one of the main reasons that Xavier is a top 10 or even top five team. Returning a leading scorer who can bury threes and also crushes the defensive glass is a luxury not many teams have. If Trevon comes back, Xavier is already ahead of the game.