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Players Top 50: #26 Jules Heningburg

By Joe Keegan

PLL Analyst

Dec 8, 2021

After missing the 2020 Championship Series, Jules Heningburg came back with a new mindset at a new position -- and established himself as one of the best midfielders in the league.

Jules shot 10-for-19 (53%) off the dodge. That stat (paired with a player’s passing metrics) is a signal of whether the defense needs to slide to a player or not. Unassisted shooting percentage in settled sets averages out at 23.2%; assisted shooting percentage is at 31.0%. If a player can create better than 31.0% for himself… well, then maybe it’s worth putting a pole on him and/or sending help.

And Jules was north of 50%.

Short-sticks. LSMs. Everyone squaring him up struggled to contain his two-way speed. That’s when defenses start doing a cost-benefit analysis of sliding -- would we rather give up a 50% look to Jules off the dodge or a 35% stepdown from Myles Jones? You’ll go broke giving up either option.

This pass while sprinting out of the box is Schreiberian.

His move from attack to midfield -- something he and head coach Nat St. Laurent had discussed even before the Rob Pannell trade -- isn’t an easy one. But great players adapt, and Jules has evolved his game over the years. From a lefty finisher as a freshman to an alpha attackman at X to a downhill midfielder, Jules keeps adding to his repertoire. I’m excited to see what’s next for him in 2022 and beyond.

Stay tuned as the Players Top 50 rolls out throughout December:

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