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WWTS DSI Leaderboard
Defensive Statistical Impact (DSI) is an all-in-one defensive metric that focuses on events creation - combining possession-winning actions (steals, blocks, offensive rebounds) against defensive efficiency (fouls) to act as a proxy for reactive athleticism and feel for the game within scheme expectations. Rather than a definitive ranking of the best defender, DSI is a demonstration of the intersection of box score defensive numbers and the systems of defense. Adjudicating the role of the individual player within a defense is difficult, as there will be different systems that generate more events, that push events into certain positions, that will depress foul totals, etc. By comparing the DSI of similar players within the same or similar systems, there can be a strong sight read on individual defensive acumen and impact.
At Cerebro, we operate our metrics on the principal of enclosure - having every game from, an event. Due to factors beyond control, there was not resources to cover every court for every time slot & a decision was made to narrow the parameters to SWAC courts 1-6 for WWTS. This means that some players or teams may not have all games that were not statted for use in the dataset. For our leaderboards, thresholds were set at 2 games and 15 minutes per game. For each age group, there is a honorable mention dedicated to players who performed well enough for leaderboard placement, but fell outside the game or minutes parameters.
Honorable Mention: Clayton Mpiana 2024 Dream Vision, Deng Akot Beast Up, Oluwafemi Olaniyan 2023 EAD, Bruce Kern 2023 TX Monarchs, Abraham Oyeadier 2024 Dream Vision
Honorable Mention: Christian Brown 2025 3-D Sports, James DeLoach 2024 Next Page Force, Braden Buchanan 2024 Dallas Showtyme, Kevin Moore 2025 3-D Sports,
Honorable Mention: Aiden Buckmon 2025 Cooz Elite, James Elgas 2025 Next Page Force, Jake Elvin 2025 ATX Future, Ian Inman 2025 Cooz Elite