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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Opinion: Jayhawks get production from 3 at the 4

Kansas forward Kevin Young and Washington State guard Will DiIorio chase down a loose ball during the second half of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas forward Kevin Young and Washington State guard Will DiIorio chase down a loose ball during the second half of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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— Bill Self’s search for a productive power forward resulted in the coach starting a third different player at the position in the team’s fourth game of the season Monday night in the Sprint Center.

Freshman Perry Ellis, easily the most skilled scorer, ball-handler and passer of the trio, started the first two games. But since a rough night against Michigan State in Atlanta, during which his lack of physical play was exploited, Ellis has come off the bench.

Red-shirt freshman Jamari Traylor, the biggest body and most explosive athlete of the three, replaced him for a game in the starting lineup.

It was senior Kevin Young, the best rebounder of the bunch, taking his turn in the starting lineup against Washington State.

Ellis, Young and Traylor combined to play 47 minutes and produced 21 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. They made 5 of 9 shots from the field and 11 of 11 free throws.

They all played a part in Kansas blasting Washington State 78-41, a blowout that enabled Self to rest his starters so that they’re fresh for tonight’s game against Saint Louis University in the CBE Classic title game.

“I think it means a lot,” Young said of the trio’s production. “It’s showing how much we all improved at the four spot because all of us play hard to work for that spot, and that’s why there have been so many different changes in the lineups in the last couple of games. It pushes each and every one of us to be able to start.”

Young worked up a pre-game sweat with the rest of the squad in the layup line, and it wasn’t until the team went back into the locker room that he learned he was getting the starting assignment with every-game starters Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey. Young said it surprised him “a little bit.”

He knew what he needed to do to give himself a shot at keeping his name in the starting lineup and he did it.

“Rebounding, hustle plays, extra possessions and also playing defense,” he listed as his tickets to playing time.

Young produced four points, a game-high 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 18 minutes.

Traylor contributed five points, four rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal in 15 minutes.

Ellis had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal in 14 minutes. He made 8 of 8 free throws and has hit 13 of 15 on the season.

At 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds, Young has the smallest build of the three players who work alongside Withey, but that doesn’t keep him from leading the team in rebounds per minute. A broken bone in Young’s right hand kept him from playing in the season opener, and he has logged just 40 minutes, enough time to total 17 rebounds.

The key traits to his rebounding success?

“Just reading where the shots are coming from and trying to get inside position,” he said.

Center Brock Motum, a native of Australia, was Washington State’s lone Big 12-caliber front-court player. The rest of the players Ellis, Young and Traylor faced couldn’t compare to the big men Michigan State brought at KU, but you can only play against the team on the schedule. The three power forwards did a nice job of not playing down to their competition and built some confidence in the process.

Comments

Woody Cragg 1 year, 5 months ago

I concur, slayer nailed the three. Will work strategically as well as for the productivity aspect. With this young of a team, all options remain open. But I still think he needs to get the new sharpshooter more game minutes. Hope tonight may be a preview of the new Andrew "Shoots the Lights Out" White Show, but a reality check says HCBS is too set in his ways for that.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 5 months ago

jessej421, Coulda' been my pal Jeff, with the moffpix.com, Baylor's bigger than life from Waco view taking that shot from his proverbial "under the desk" angle. LOL. Next time I see him I'm hittin' him up for a press pass. Haven't looked at his site yet, but he may have flown to Wacko for the KSU debacle. If you've not met him, check out the site. He really does great stuff for SI, Royals, BG12, Squaws (Chiefs), etc. Super great guy too, one of the best you'll meet. Phil

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iamakufan 1 year, 5 months ago

I enjoy watching Young play. He always is so enthusiastic and does a lot for the team. Ellis has such a great upside. He just needs a little time to develop the aggressiveness and the moves to handle other bigs. This is going to be a fun year to watch this team.

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Jesse Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

Is it just me or does Will Dilorio look like he has been scaled down to midget size in that photo? It obviously has something to do with the camera perspective, but he is clearly in front of Kevin Young but Kevin and everyone else in the photo looks like a giant compared to him.

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William Blake 1 year, 5 months ago

I've interpreted the Dead Sea Scrolls several times now and no where in there does it mention you can't run 3 guys through the PF position during a game.

Each of these players offer something totally different and there will be games when a specific match up will work best. So keep the competition up for minutes and play all 3. Use the starting nod as the "sausage at the end of a stick."

I like the idea of starting Kevin, since his contribution is based around hustle and lots of movement. We need him to motivate the entire team to start games well. It sure worked this game and stands out because we started well.

After Kevin I like to see Jamari come in and show the difference in physicality.

After defenses get used to the physicality, put in Perry for sharp shooting.

By running 3 all year opposing teams don't really know how to prep for that position because all 3 play totally different.

Just an idea... an idea never written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, or Nabataean.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 5 months ago

If we want to make a final four run...Ellis has got to develop into a consistent top notch power forward.

When it comes down to it in March...when we're playing a sweet 16 game against someone like Mich St or Colorado...we will need that presence to not only score...but to help Withey defend the post.

Love MacAttack's dunk over Traylor last night !!!

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 5 months ago

This may be the best way to go for awhile to keep the hunger burning in these guys. Damn good stats if you ask me, plus we were able to see White & Adams on the floor during the many different combos that HCBS parlayed into this beatdown. The later will be OK on some smaller, slower opponents defensively, but P Jackson & the like will be really fast for these guys (all of them) straight out of high school BB. IMO White needs to be in the mix more because of his deadly shooting. Some nights we all know he will be asked to answer the bell. He could truly be the Downtown Terry Brown for the 2012-2013 run to the roses.

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