The percentages don't add up. And percentages should always add up.
Toure (Big Shot) Murry was one of the most exciting freshmen to come along at Wichita State in a long time.
The 6-foot-4 guard made exhilarating game-winning shots against Evansville and Missouri State. It looked like he was going to be a hero again in the Shockers' quarterfinal Missouri Valley Conference Tournament game in St. Louis against Creighton until the Bluejays' Booker Woodfox — and maybe a certain clock operator — ruined that Murry Moment.
Murry made his freshman mark as a shooter, no doubt about it.
So why do the numbers not reflect that?
He made only 37.1 percent of his field-goal attempts. From behind the three-point line, Murry shot 32.1 percent.
Yet, if you're like me, it seems like every time Murry put up a big shot, it swished. The guy can really shoot.
What am I missing here?
Well, Murry missed 217 shots last season. He took the most shots on the team and he missed the most shots on the team, by a long shot.
Without a consistent inside attack, Murry often put too much of the team's offensive load on his shoulders. So while he had the ability to shoot the Shockers into some games, he also shot them out of a few.
"Decision making, that's the critical thing for Toure,'' WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. "He's at a point now where we want him to score, we need him to score, we like him to score. But don't think you have to score every time you catch it. He's got to understand that fine line.''
And what a fine line it is.
No coach wants to delve into the particulars of what constitutes a good shot and what doesn't, especially with a good shooter.
Murry is, despite the percentages, a good shooter who can be great.
"I need to be consistent, take my time,'' he said. "I'm going to be a lot more patient this year. There were a lot of times last season when I was a little fast.''
Yes, but let's not be too cautious here. Again, it's that fine line.
"I don't want him to start looking over his shoulder,'' Marshall said. "We had this conversation many times last season — why does Toure take this shot, or take that shot? He's taking big shots and why is he doing that? I don't like to do anything that hurts a player's confidence. One of the things that makes for a great player is unbelievable confidence. It's a really delicate balancing act with him.''
Murry is one of WSU's cornerstone players. He has size and has added a lot of strength thanks to a rigorous offseason weights regimen. His basketball IQ is good. There isn't a teammate who doesn't recognize Murry's importance.
Murry averaged 11 points last season and even with a deeper team, there's no reason he can't improve to 14 or 15 points as a sophomore.
The ball is going to be in his hands a lot; it becomes a matter of what he's going to do with it.
Shooting it would be a good thing, although both coach and player are hoping for better shot selection.
"I look at myself as a great shooter, but you have to take smart shots and be consistent with that,'' Murry said. "Last year, I took a lot of bad ones.''
Murry has added noticeable arc to his perimeter shots and loves the results, and the new look has become second nature because of how much he works on his shooting.
Like last season, Murry will move around a lot. He's most comfortable at the shooting guard spot, but will play the point at times and can play in the paint when he needs to.
"Coach Marshall feels like he can move me around,'' Murry said. "Good players can play anywhere on the court. He has a lot of confidence in me.''
Marshall's confidence in Murry isn't in question. Murry's confidence in himself is what's important here.
It can't be too much or too little. It has to be just right.