Friday, March 16, 2012

Collin Chiverton (#24) Season Review and Prospective for 2012-2013

Chiverton drives against Montana
and should be a driving force for EWU
photo from goeags.com
The first recruit to sign on with Coach Hayford’s Eagles was a 6’6” scoring specialist by the name of Collin Chiverton.  He came to the Eagles by way of the City College of San Francisco where he helped lead the Rams to the state championship during the 2010-2011 season.  Prior to that Collin was a member of the Salt Lake Community College Bruins squad that went 24-8.  The year before that Collin was a red shirt for the Saint Mary’s College Gaels who went 28-7 and advanced to the quarter finals of the NIT.  Chiverton has been around and part of a lot of winning basketball programs.





This year for the Eagles Chiverton spent most of the season as the teams leading scorer, before injury and some inspiring play by Cliff Colimon finally pushed him to down the scoring chart to number two.  Chiverton finished 8th in the Big Sky Conference in total scoring and was second behind Damian Lillard in 3pt shots made.

Suffering through stress fractures in his foot all season long limited Collin to 22.1 minutes per game, but probably more importantly also limited his fitness and conditioning level.  In addition to those struggles Chiverton suffered a back injury against Idaho State that severely impacted his performance late in the season.  From my perspective, it seemed that the less time he got on the court the more he was pushing to score and contribute.  This led to more than a few ugly shots that I am sure Collin wishes he could have back.

It also led to some of his finest plays of the year that weren’t scoring opportunities for him.  For instance on February 28th against Idaho State, with the Eagles leading by 4 points Collin knocked the ball loose from an ISU player, then dove out of bounds to save the ball with a pass to Cliff Ederaine who immediately passed the ball on to Jeffrey Forbes for a 3 pointer that started the Eagles on an 8-0 run.  Chiverton was limited to 11 minutes in that game but still came up with 3 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal (the steal above was not credited).

From start to finish of the season we got to see a lot of development from Chiverton, perhaps not in his particular skills and as mentioned above not in his shot selection, but we saw an increase in hustle plays and defense.  By example, consider the first 26 games of the season.  Chiverton pulled in 52 rebounds during that stretch an average of 2 rebounds per game and played and average of 24 minutes per game.  Over the final six games Chiverton pulled down 15 rebounds or 2.5 per game and played an average of 13.5 minutes per game.  That means he more than doubled his rebounding rate during this stretch from one rebound every 12 minutes of play time to one rebound every 5.4 minutes.

Coach said that the prognosis on Collin’s foot and back are good for next season, he’ll be spending a lot of time in physical therapy over the off season and should be healthy and fit to start next year.  Look for Collin to play a lot during his senior season, he’ll still be a major offensive weapon, but I think we can expect to see more development in his defensive game and as he gets more time on the court I think we can expect a lot of improvement in his shot selection.  Don’t be surprised if he ends up on the All Conference team next year as he has all the tools to lead the Eagles and the Big Sky in scoring and if he can do it more efficiently and couple that with continued improvement off the ball he will be a dominant force.

And now for some bonus youtube footage of Collin (sorry I haven't found any highlights from this year)