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Man of us have been thinking that Patrick Patterson is playing well enough for serious consideration as SEC Freshman of the Year.  I thought I would take a look at the stats of the top 5 freshmen in six different offensive categories, and see what it tells us (Thanks to StatSheet.com for the data).

Points per game
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
6 17.9 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
9 17.7 Patrick Patterson Fr F 6 Kentucky
11 17.3 Chris Warren Fr G 7 Mississippi
16 14.6 Anthony Randolph Fr F 7 LSU
18 14.4 A.J. Ogilvy Fr C 7 Vanderbilt
True shooting %
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
3 62.36 Jai Lucas Fr G 7 Florida
9 60.98 Lucas Hargrove Fr F 7 Auburn
21 57.84 Patrick Patterson Fr F 6 Kentucky
24 56.53 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
28 54.35 A.J. Ogilvy Fr C 7 Vanderbilt
Points per 40 minutes
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
6 21.96 A.J. Ogilvy Fr C 7 Vanderbilt
10 20.66 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
12 19.92 Chris Warren Fr G 7 Mississippi
21 17.19 Trevor Gaskins Fr G 7 Mississippi
22 17.07 Anthony Randolph Fr F 7 LSU
Rebounds per game
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
3 10 Anthony Randolph Fr F 7 LSU
8 7.7 Patrick Patterson Fr F 6 Kentucky
20 5.6 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
28 5.1 A.J. Ogilvy Fr C 7 Vanderbilt
30 5 Lucas Hargrove Fr F 7 Auburn
Assists per game
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
1 6.9 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
7 4.1 Chris Warren Fr G 7 Mississippi
12 3.3 Rico Pickett Fr G 7 Alabama
17 2.6 Jai Lucas Fr G 7 Florida
32 1.8 Patrick Patterson Fr F 6 Kentucky
Offensive rating
Rank Value Player Yr Pos GP Team
3 122.6 Patrick Patterson Fr F 6 Kentucky
4 121.68 Jai Lucas Fr G 7 Florida
13 117.65 Nick Calathes Fr G-F 7 Florida
14 116.07 Lucas Hargrove Fr F 7 Auburn
21 113.66 Darshawn McClellan Fr F 7 Vanderbilt

At this point, it looks like a very close race to me.  Nick Calathes, Patrick Patterson, A.J. Ogilvy and even Jai Lucas are all right there.  But how do we figure out who is leading?  Well, just for fun, I created the next table, which takes the ranking of each player in each selected category and just takes an average.  Lower is better, and the position isn't in the table above if it wasn't among the top five.  Here we go:

Player PPG TS% PP40 RPG APG OR Avg
Patterson 9 21 23 8 32 3 16.00
Calathes 6 24 10 20 1 13 12.33
Lucas 38 3 49 66 17 4 29.50
Ogilvy 18 28 6 28 54 59 32.17

So it looks to me at this point that Nick Calathes is in the lead by my admittedly arbitrary measurement, with Patrick Patterson breathing down his neck.  Jai Lucas is a rather surprising third, and A.J. Ogilvy bringing up the rear.  I doubt if this is very meaningful as a true measure of standing, but it should serve as a good conversation starter.

Comments below if you have them.