Few lists are more assiduously avoided than qualifying among turnover leaders.
Turnovers are regularly bemoaned and seldom celebrated. In fact over the years a few ACC sports information directors and, occasionally, coaches, purposely avoided enumerating individual and team turnovers because they were deemed “negative” statistics.
In listing individual leaders on its website, the NCAA ranks players in 27 different statistical categories. Total turnovers go unacknowledged. (So do personal fouls and disqualifications, for that matter.)
The stat certainly isn’t complimentary, although a nuanced view often makes turnovers seem far more palatable.
Players who carry the scoring weight for their team, especially those creative in their offensive forays, are prone to losing the ball as they fulfill their role.