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Wisconsin Basketball Analytics: Why AJ Storr is the “Perfect Fit” for the Badgers



Wisconsin basketball transfer AJ Storr
Mar 9, 2023; New York, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard AJ Storr (2) brings the ball up court against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Madison, Wis. –The Wisconsin Badgers just added a major piece to their basketball roster with the acquisition of A.J. Storr from the Transfer Portal. The 6-foot-6 guard from Peoria, Ill., had an impressive freshman year at St. John’s in the Big East, but with the arrival of Rick Pitino and the departure of Mike Anderson, Storr was in search of a new home. And after a competitive recruitment process, Storr ultimately chose the Badgers and head coach Greg Gard over top programs such as UCONN and SDSU.

Let’s explore how Storr’s “Analytics” makes him a “Perfect Fit” for what Wisconsin needs in the 2023-2024 Season and why he’ll play a pivotal role in the Badgers’ success next season.

Player Metrics – AJ Storr’s Season Trends:


Points/Shot Formula = Points / FGAs + (0.5*FTA)

Season Average = 1.07 Points/Shot

AJ Storr had an impressive season, scoring at least 0.80 points per shot in 27 out of 33 games. That’s only 6 cold nights all year, and a majority of those games came early in the season. Storr also had an unbelievable 13 games in which he broke the 1.20 Points/Shot barrier!!! That’s EXTREMELY efficient shooting

It looks as though his #’s did slide a bit down the stretch, but so did Essegians. You’d have to think that:

  1. Frosh Ceiling/Stamina plays a significant factor
  2. Teams begin to realize (as they did with Essegian) you cannot give him open looks.

Points Created/USG%:

Points-Created/USG% Formula = (Per40 Points + Per40AST Value) / (USG% * 100)

Season Average = 1.02 Points-Created/USG%

Normally, a Player’s Points-Created/USG% is HIGHER than his Points/Shot. This isn’t the case for Storr. Why is it usually higher?

Well, Assists allows you to create much higher value per “USG %” than just shooting because, unlike shooting, you only get an AST added to your USG unless it’s a make. So an AST, especially 3P ASTs, is a gold mine for adding value on a USG basis!! Storr turns it over more than he dishes to teammates for scores, so he dips in his Points/USG vs. Points/Shot.

Ball Security Factor:

Ball Security Factor Formula = DREB% + ( AST RATE – TO RATE) + STL%

Average Ball-Security Factor = 5%

This graph gives me the most hope for Storr to receive the level of minutes people expect him to get at UW next year.

You have to be able to take care of the basketball for Gard & Staff to give you consistent minutes. Limiting turnovers is the key tenant of Wisconsin Basketball, well, that and Man-Man defense. Through Storr’s first 16 games of college basketball, he ended roughly half of those at or below 0% Ball Security. That is not good. BUT!

In games 17-33, he had only ONE Game at or below 0% Ball Security!!

This is tremendous development in a single season and a terrific sign that lack of Ball-Security won’t limit the number of minutes he’ll see as a Badger!!!


USAGE % Formula = % of Team’s FGAs, FTs, AST, TOs while on Court

Average USG % = 20%

This chart is really interesting because when you compare AJ Storr’s Points/Shot chart to his Points-Created/USG% chart, you’ll notice that his Points/Shot are consistently high while his Points-Created/USG% are somewhat all over the place.

Here’s the dichotomy:

In games where Storr has a low usage rate (USG) of less than 20%, he has a Points-Created of more than 1.00 about 68.8% of the time.

However, when his USG is high (more than 20%), he only achieves a Points-Created of more than 1.00 about 47.1% of the time.

The advantage for Storr is that he’ll be playing alongside Essegian, which means they can share the production load. Thus reducing the pressure to perform, and their USG rates will depend more on how well they perform rather than forcing the issue regardless.

So that’s a primer on Storr and how he performed at St. John’s in 2022-2023 in the analytic metrics I care about. This leads me to my next topic and the reason why I think Storr is the “Perfect Fit” for us!!!

AJ Storr’s Shot Profile:

Yeah….that’s called balance.

  • He drives (More to his left than his right)
  • He shoots 3’s (More Guarded Looks vs. Unguarded, and you’ll see why!!)
  • He also gets into the Dribble Pull-Up

A True 3-Level Scorer!!!

How does this compare to the current Wisconsin Basketball Wing/Forward Production?

Last season, there was a lack of 3-point shooting and dribble penetration from the 3 and 4 positions (Wahl/Gilmore/Davis/Ilver). As you can see, Storr will bring that dynamic to Wisconsin Basketball immediately. This makes Storr the “Perfect Fit” for UW at these positions for 2023-2024!!

While the ability to Penetrate & get into the Pull-Up game is an important aspect of Storr’s game, where he really shines is in his 3P Shooting!!!

3PT Shooting:

How did he perform over the course of the 2022-2023 Season?:

Grey Bars = ATTs/G | Black Line = Game X Game 3P% | Red Line = Season 3P%

  • Storr hit his stride in games 11-24, raising his 3P % from 37%-47% in that time.

  • It looks as though Storr hit the same Frosh Ceiling that Essegian hit, with his 3P% dipping to 40.4% at Year-End.

Open vs. Guarded C&S 3s:

Here is an eye-popping graph.

AJ Storr is particularly deadly at shooting catch-and-shoot (C&S) 3-pointers when left open, but his shooting efficiency drops significantly when he is heavily guarded. On the other hand, when you look at Essegian, there is not much of a difference in his shooting efficiency between open and guarded C&S 3-pointers.

Grey Bars = Ungarded 3P ATTs | Red Line = % of 3P Looks Unguarded

This chart is telling me that having both Essegian and Storr on the court will result in them BOTH getting more open and high-quality 3-point looks, which will be a huge boost to their efficiency and for UW’s entire offensive efficiency in the upcoming season.

Just think how many times we had guys on the floor who you could be content leaving open freely (Gilmore/Wahl/Davis/McGee). With the additions of Noah Reynolds and now Storr, that simply won’t be an option for opposing defenses. UW will now have Five Players from the G/F spot that will constantly be stretching the defense!!!

Why Wisconsin Basketball is better because of Storr’s Commitment:

This is a Slam-Dunk get for GG and Staff! He’s a “Perfect Fit” for Wisconsin Basketball its current needs going into the 2023-2024 Season. Storr is a highly touted Wing/Forward who is also a 3-Level Scorer. Does that remind you of anybody who was missing from UW’s Roster this season???

Now I’m not at all saying AJ Storr is the next Johnny Davis. But there are a lot of similarities to their games. The switch-up is that Storr does a lot more of his “Damage” outside the 3P Line, whereas Johnny did a ton of his work inside it!

BUT….check out these two graphs!

Here’s a comparison of Frosh Johnny and Storr:

Chew on those graphs for a little while…

Where this puts Wisconsin Basketball in terms of 247 Composite Rating:

Refresher on the Calculation:

Player’s 247 Composite Rating * MPG/200 (200 = Total Minutes of 5 Players) = Player Score

Team Composite Rating = Summation of all Player Scores


The win prediction model has been quite accurate, with only a slight difference of -3% in the 2022-2023 season. Based on the projected lineup and minutes distribution using the 247 Composite Projection, UW is expected to comfortably win over 25 games next season with the addition of Storr.

It seems that GG and the coaching staff have finished their work in the Portal for now unless there are any more unexpected departures. With the arrival of Reynolds and Storr, along with Yalden, Winter, and Blackwell, UW’s 2023 class looks solid. This team is going to be a serious contender next season, with a possible Big Ten title and a spot in the Elite Eight within the next two seasons!

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