His minutes doubled this year from around 11 last season to 21 minutes per game this year and for the most part his numbers doubled as well. The only stat that dipped was his 3-point percentage, which took a big hit down from 43 percent to 30 percent. Judging from the eye test though, Giffey has a nice stroke but just gets streaky at times. The good thing is that he has done a much better job of mixing up his game and not relying on his outside jumper for a majority of his offense. He’s shown a better understanding of the dribble drive and angles and avoided those pesky offensive fouls while driving that plagued his previous two seasons.
The biggest contribution that Giffey provided this team was on the defensive end. He has surprisingly quick lateral movement and uses his length to bother jump shots. He is good at funneling his opponent where the help is and he isn’t overwhelmed physically against bigger players. His rebounding has also improved this year and did a adequate job on the defensive boards, averaging 3.6 a game. Unfortunately his offensive rebounds went down this year. He snagged 16 offensive boards last season and only had 14 this year. That’s not a good sign considering the increased minutes he was getting. It might be the scheme that Ollie has installed, but he could do a much better job of crashing the glass on the offensive end.
Every good team has a Giffey on their squad. An unheralded player that hustles, plays solidly, and does all the little things that don’t always show up on the stat sheets. He might never become that sharpshooter and double-digit scoring threat that he was supposed to be, but he has matured into one of the most versatile and reliable pieces on UConn’s bench and deserves the 6th Man of the Year Award.