Overall Grade: A
Fan Grade: A-
Traditional Stats (Team Rank)
11.4 Points (2nd)
4.6 Rebounds (3rd)
3.1 Assists (2nd)
2-point FG%: 48.4% (8th)
3-point FG%: 36.2% (5th)
The Butler program has a reputation of overachieving, and Andrew Chrabascz is a perfect example of that. Not a single high major conference school wanted him (Butler wasn't in the Big East at the time), yet here we are his senior year talking about Andrew as one of the great players in Butler history. Chrabascz was absolutely the heart and soul of this Butler team, and no one deserved to break through to the Sweet 16 more than he did.
Offensive Grade: A
Advance Offensive Stats
True Shooting Percentage: 55.5% (7th)
Offensive Rebounding Percentage: 6.0% (3rd)
Assist Percentage: 17.6% (2nd)
Turnover Percentage: 14.0% (4th)
Usage Percentage: 19.4% (4th)
Kelan Martin was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season, but many opposing coaches will tell you their game plan was focused more on taking the ball out of the hands of Andrew Chrabascz. He may not be physically intimidating, but the senior was a matchup nightmare for almost anyone. Chrabascz had probably the best footwork down low in the conference and was one of the best passers in the Big East regardless of position. Defenders are probably still having nightmares about trying to stop that famous jump hook over the left shoulder.
For the 4th consecutive season Chrabascz set a new career scoring high, averaging 11.4 points per game. Unfortunately the departure of Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham meant more defensive attention to Chrabascz, and his scoring efficiency dipped from his junior year. It also opened up more passing lanes though, and Andrew took advantage, bumping up his assist total to 3.1 per game, second best on the team.
Overall Chrabscz didn’t put up the most gaudy numbers, but those that know the conference best still recognized how essential Andrew was to the 3rd best offense in the Big East. The coaches voted him 1st team All-Big East, becoming just the second Butler player to receive such honor (Kellen Dunham, 2015).
Defensive Grade: A-
Advanced Defensive Stats
Defensive Rebounding Percentage: 11.6% (7th)
Steal Percentage: 1.3% (6th)
Block Percentage: 1.0% (8th)
Defensive Box Plus/Minus: 3.0 (4th)
It’s hard to justify an A- defensive grade for Chrabascz by looking at those numbers above. Some people would laugh at the idea of a power forward who doesn’t rebound well or block shots being considered a good defender. But Andrew is no ordinary power forward, and the only reason he isn’t impressive on the stat sheet is because we aren’t keeping all the right stats.
I have no idea how many charges Chrabascz took this season, but I feel very confident that if there was a national leaderboard you would be able to find his name somewhere near the very top. He makes up for his lack of height and athleticism with outstanding positioning and anticipation. This frequently puts him in position to take charges, and he is savvy enough to know when and how to get the call. It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but the threat of a charging call can affect offensive players the same way the threat of a blocked shot can. It may only directly show up once or twice a game, but it’s still creating an impact all game long.
While charges, positioning, and leadership don’t show up in a box score, they obviously do impact the one stat that matters, points allowed. You can see this by looking at Butler’s effectiveness defensively with Andrew on the court compared to their effectiveness with him on the bench. Butler allowed 1.07 points per possession when Chrabascz was sitting, but only 1.00 point per possession while he was in the game. That difference may seem small, but that’s a difference of about 5 points per game.
The bottom line is Butler was a top 50 defensive team this year, and they were better defensively when Andrew Chrabascz was on the floor. He certainly had his weaknesses, but all things considered he was still a quality defender.
Unfortunately Chrabascz’s playing career for the Butler Bulldogs is over, which will leave a significant void at the PF position. He was a great ambassador of the Butler Way, and Butler fans will miss him next season. The good news is Butler is well prepared for his departure. Incoming freshman Kyle Young, ranked 77th in the country, is waiting to become Butler’s next great undersized 4 man. Young is coming off a state championship and will compete for a starting position immediately next season.
Young won’t be the only option at power forward next season. Coach Holtmann will have a lot of versatility and matchup options at the position. He played Kelan Martin there at times this past season, and with Chrabascz leaving we can expect to see much more of that. Butler will also have three quality bigs in Tyler Wideman, Nate Fowler, and Joey Brunk. So far Holtmann has shied away from playing multiple big men together, but if all three prove themselves worthy of minutes we will likely see it for stretches next season.
ButlerHoops.com will have season report cards for all 9 regular rotation players over the next few weeks. Up next will be junior Tyler Wideman. You can cast your fan vote and discuss his performance this season here.