Conner Teahan arrived at Kansas University with a reputation as a "pure shooter" with range past the 3-point arc.
He hasn't disappointed yet this young season, cashing five 3s in six tries - including three of three from 3-point land - in Wednesday's 87-46 rout of Northern Arizona at Allen Fieldhouse.
"When the ball leaves his hand, it looks as good as anybody in our program right now," KU coach Bill Self said of the rookie walk-on from Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Teahan, who actually has scored more than a point a minute (17 in 14 minutes while entering three of KU's four games) has done his damage in the final minutes of blowouts.
Yet he insists he'll be ready if Self calls on him during the heart of important games, like Sunday's 7 p.m. home tipoff against 3-1 Arizona.
"We have plenty of 3-point shooters," Teahan said. "I guess I didn't miss any (Wednesday), but there are enough guys that can make a 3: Mario (Chalmers), Brandon (Rush), Tyrel (Reed), Russell (Robinson) is a great 3-point shooter, other guys, too. I could see him (Self) going to one of those guys. If he needed me to ... I don't have a problem coming off the bench. I feel right when I come off the bench I can make it. When I get open shots, I try to make them."
One of Teahan's 3s versus Northern Arizona was way beyond the arc, perhaps as far as 25-feet?
"I know it was kind of far. I guess until I really thought about it I didn't realize how far it was," Teahan said. "I feel if I have the shot, I have confidence in it no matter how far away from the basket. I feel I can shoot it and make it."
Sounds like a guy who blistered high school competition with 3 after 3. Actually, Teahan did more than that at Rockhurst.
"I did pretty much everything in high school. I was pretty much all-around," said Teahan, who averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Missouri's state runner-up team. He was named Mr. Show Me Basketball by the Missouri State High School Coaches Association and also earned the DiRenna Award as the KC metro area's No. 1 player.
"I realize coming here I have to kind of focus on more or less one point of the game so I can put in more minutes."
He wasn't KU's only freshman to shine against Northern Arizona. Tyrel Reed hit two 3s and had eight points and five assists in 21 minutes. Cole Aldrich had seven points, three boards and two blocks in 17 minutes. The freshmen accounted for 27.6 percent of KU's points against the Lumberjacks.
"Not really," Teahan said, asked if the frosh's production surprised him. "Tyrel is a great scorer, so is Cole. Coach Self always tells us to make open shots. When Cole is strong, he scores a lot. When Tyrel is aggressive with his shot, he scores a lot. I can score."
He grinned when asked if he has been given the "green light" from Self to fire away at any time from any where.
"I don't know about that," Teahan said. "I definitely have a green light when I'm open. There may be a green light in the last four or five minutes of a game when we are beating a team like that."
Like the 16,300 fans who packed Allen Fieldhouse on Thanksgiving Eve, Teahan was impressed with KU's defensive effort against the Lumberjacks, who scored 10 points the first half.
"We shut them down, especially the first half. They had 15 turnovers and 10 points," Teahan said. "I don't know if we backed off or just didn't play as well the second half (in outscoring NAU 43-36). That can happen when you are blowing a team out that much. We definitely could tell they were a little rattled. It looked like nobody on the team really wanted the ball in their hands the first half."