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Norway grad part of 'Lin-sanity'

Ed Weiland drew national attention

August 4, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

NORWAY - Ed Weiland's hobby caused quite a stir earlier this year.

The 1978 Norway High School graduate's knack for compiling basketball numbers forecast success for Jeremy Lin.

That same Jeremy Lin, who played at Harvard and was cut by two NBA teams, starred for the New York Knicks this season. CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other major media outlets wondered what Weiland saw in Lin in 2010 that pro teams missed.

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"It was crazy," said Weiland, home last week visiting his parents, Bob and Jean of Hamilton Lakes, along with other family members and friends. "Yahoo (Web site) had an article and I thought that was my 15 minutes of fame. OK, I figured, that was fun."

The Weiland-Lin story went viral that week, with national talk shows Dan Patrick, Ellen Degeneres and Geraldo Rivera also making contact.

"This is something I work hard on and put a lot of hours on," said Weiland, a FedEx delivery truck driver from Bend, Ore. "I wanted to be known as somebody who puts out a good article."

Weiland, more than just a Jeremy Lin researcher, writes in-depth college basketball-related stories for HoopsAnalyst.com. He noted Lin's two-point field goal percentage and RSB40 (combine player's rebounds, steals and blocks per 40 minutes) in making his assessment.

"The 2007 draft is where everything kind of came together after I had done a lot of work," Weiland said. "I kind of hit on a way."

Weiland's 2007 stats indicated "superstar" status for Kevin Durant, second pick in the draft and probably the NBA's second-best player behind LeBron James.

Weiland, charting basketball statistics for 15 years, says the early formulas didn't work too well. And even today the numbers don't add up correctly.

"I still get some things wrong," Weiland said. "It's a very inexact science.

"But 2007 was the year I really hit on it with the system I liked after some tweaking here and there."

In addition to statistics, other factors can weigh in Weiland's thinking. He cited those always in trouble with the law; players who transfer, and those who don't emerge until late in their college careers.

"The best best players usually come in as freshmen and are very good," Weiland said. "There's no numerical value, just noted as a negative."

As for the recent NBA Draft, Weiland is high on Kentucky forward Anthony Davis going to New Orleans. He likes the Milwaukee Bucks picking North Carolina's John Henson but can't figure out UConn's Andre Drummond with the Detroit Pistons.

"I don't have a lot of confidence with the Pistons' pick," Weiland said.

He hesitates to name another Jeremy Lin-type from the past college basketball campaign. But Weiland did mention a couple possibilities in Northwestern forward John Shurna and Iona point guard Scott Machado.

"I wish I had more time (for the basketball business)," said Weiland, who enjoys biking and hiking in Oregon. "That can kill off a whole weekend."

Weiland, who usually begins preparing his basketball work in December, hopes for an earlier start this time.

"We're hoping to promote the site (HoopsAnalyst.com) a little more and ride whatever wave there is from Lin-sanity," Weiland said

 
 

 

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