With the 2018-2019 season in the books, let’s take a few moments to look back at the performance of each member of YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles this year. While we’re at it, we’ll also take a look back at our player previews and see how our preseason prognostications stack up with how things actually played out. We’ll run through roster in order of total minutes played going from lowest to highest, which means that today we turn our attention to the grad transfer from Fordham.....
Graduate Transfer Senior - #21 - Guard - 6’3” - 200 lbs. - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Joseph Chartouny Traditional Stats
Joseph Chartouny Fancy Stats
I do not expect Chartouny to put up a lot of points this season. It doesn’t appear that he is quick enough to get past Big East level point guards off the bounce on a regular basis and it will be much more difficult for him to bully smaller guards in a high major conference. That being said, I think his ability to be a hawk in passing lanes and his high-level court vision will translate well to high major basketball and his steal numbers and assists should not suffer playing in a new conference. I do not think it unreasonable for Chartouny to average around five assists this season and somewhere right around three steals per game. He averaged 5.2 assists in 84 games for a slow-paced and wildly inefficient Fordham team, and 2.9 steals in that time as well. More so, I expect Chartouny to do the little things, hustle for loose balls, box out, stand his ground if he is switched onto a big man in the post and so on. For a guy who may not be the best run/jump athlete in the world, these things are critical for Chartouny if he wants to make a major contribution to the team this year, which I think he will. Beyond that, I think it is reasonable that he shoots over 33% from three-point land. Last season at Fordham he shot a paltry 28% from three but he was also the focal point of a rather anemic offense and with more weapons around him he should have much better looks here at Marquette. As a sophomore, Chartouny shot nearly 38% from long range, so he’s got the ability in him if gets the open looks.
Reasons To Get Excited
WE HAVE A GUARD WHO IS TALL ENOUGH TO GO ON RIDES AT DISNEYLAND!!!!!!! AND NOT JUST THE TEACUPS!!!!!!!!!!!
If this doesn’t make you giddy, then I don’t know what will. Last year, as you all should know by now, Marquette was a great offensive team, in fact according to Ken Pomeroy we were the 12th best offensive team in the country. We were also the 182nd best defensive team in the country, which is also the 170th worst defense. I could go into the stats behind the ranking and how it reflects poorly on the team but instead I’ll simplify it down to four words WE SUCKED AT DEFENSE. That being said, with Joey Steals on board we can shore up the defensive disaster spot in the lineup that was Andrew Rowsey. Chartouny should be able to defend the other team’s lead guard allowing for us to hide Howard on a lesser offensive player.
If Chartouny can defend at merely a moderate level, we anticipate Marquette will be a far better defensive team overall that we were last year and that doesn’t even take into account the rebounding machine that is referred to as Ed Morrow.
If Chartouny can distribute the ball effectively on offense and play defense like he has been hyped up to, he will make a massive difference on this Marquette roster. Replacing fan favorite and noted Water Street bars patron Andrew Rowsey is no easy task, at least on offense, but if Chartouny can play his game and be a leader at the point guard position, he could make a massive positive impact on this team.
There are certainly some reasons to worry that Joey Steals (yes, we’re making this a thing, get on board now) will not be all that he is cracked up to be this season. The first of which is the huge jump in competition, as going from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East is no small feat. The level of athlete Chartouny will be competing against in Shamorie Ponds, Kamar Baldwin and others of their ilk is very high. If Chartouny is not able to adjust to the quickness of the Big East game, he could be limited on the defensive side of the ball and if the defensive stopper you brought in struggles on defense, that is a major issue. Chartouny played primarily off the ball on defense at Fordham, allowing him to pick off plenty of passes, however, at Marquette he will be asked to play on the ball much more as to hide Markus Howard. If he struggles with this assignment, he could be in for a long season.
The other potential pitfall that we have to watch out for with Chartouny is his shooting, last season he shot only 28% from deep, and as a freshman he only knocked down 31%. That will not cut it on a Marquette roster that has plenty of other guys who can take the three-point shot more efficiently. Although the 28% number is worrying, I believe that with better spacing and no longer being the focal point of the offense Chartouny will improve that number pretty dramatically this season.
I am not going to lie to you guys, Joseph Chartouny was a massive disappointment this season. A large reason for this was how much we had built him up to be a perfect fit with our team. A 6’3” pass-first point guard who was one of the best ball hawks in the country, how could he not fit in with our team? It turns out Chartouny’s style of defense fit in with Marquette’s like an extra-small T-shirt on Theo John. Chartouny’s excellence in turning the opposing team over whilst at Fordham stemmed from his ability to interfere with passing lanes. However, at Marquette, he was asked to guard as an on-ball defender much more regularly. This both negated Chartouny’s ability to be a pest in the passing lanes and exposed the weakest part of his defense: lateral quickness.
On offense, Chartouny was a version of the player we expected him to be, aside from one key aspect. His assist rate of 22.3% was not spectacular but not bad either. He managed to shoot 38% from three and 52% from two. With both of those marking career bests from Chartouny, it seems like they would set him up for a very nice offensive rating, but they did not. That is because Chartouny had a turnover rate of 34.8%. That is bad. I don’t mean that is kind of bad or that is more than expected. I mean that is the worst number in the history of Marquette for a player who has played as many minutes as Chartouny. To make it worse, it was an incredible departure from the player that we thought that we were getting. His high turnover rate made it impossible to let Chartouny play as a lead guard and forced Coach Steve Wojciechowski to play him off the ball.
Chartouny’s inability to play point guard forced Wojciechowski to play him along side Howard to take the pressure off him. This led to the diminished defensive value Chartouny provided as he was forced to guard the opponent’s lead guard on defense. Asking Howard to both carry the offense and defend the opposing team’s lead guard is unrealistic, and you can’t fault the coaching staff for avoiding that. This resulted in a catch-22, Chartouny was not able to be properly used on both sides of the ball.
The fact that Chartouny’s minutes dwindled as the season wore on isn’t surprising, is it?
Chartouny actually had a couple of games early this year where he excelled off the bench. The game against Buffalo was Chartouny’s best game as he posted 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting (2-for-4 from three). Chartouny had a big impact in what was the best win of the season according to KenPom. That game, Chartouny was who we needed him to be. He was efficient from the floor and only turned the ball over once in 17 minutes.
Season Grade, on a scale of 1-10
As you could probably tell by the preceding paragraphs, Chartouny is not going to get a very high grade this season. He was just overmatched while going from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East and stuck in a system that didn’t sync up with his talents. I am going to give Chartouny a 4. I do have to give Chartouny credit for having very efficient shooting splits but that isn’t enough to make up for his underwhelming steal numbers, his inability to keep his man in front of him, and his ghastly turnover rate. Some grad transfers are massive successes, some work out ok, and some never gel. Chartouny falls into the last category but this shouldn’t turn the coaching staff off of grad transfers in the future, especially if they find themselves with gaping holes on the roster that need to be filled suddenly. Like, say, right now, for example.