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Monday, December 23, 2013

KU senior Tarik Black named Big 12 newcomer of the week

Kansas forward Tarik Black (25) and Landen Lucas discuss a gameplan during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Tarik Black (25) and Landen Lucas discuss a gameplan during the first half on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Saturday's monster game from senior forward Tarik Black produced the Kansas University men's basketball program's third Big 12 newcomer of the week honor in seven weeks.

Black, a transfer from Memphis, scored a career-high 17 points during the Jayhawks' 86-64 victory over Georgetown at Allen Fieldhouse, KU's first home game since Nov. 22.

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The senior forward made all five field goals he attempted en route to scoring more points than he had in the previous six games combined. He was also 7-of-9 (.778) from the free throw line and added six rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in 20 minutes.

Black's performance paved the way for a physical victory over the Hoyas and helped improve KU to 8-3 on the season. It also came in timely fashion as sophomore forward Perry Ellis played just 12 minutes after being whacked on the head by a Georgetown defender on a layup attempt. KU coach Bill Self said following the victory that Ellis bruised a nerve in his neck and was expected to recover in a matter of days.

Black, who opened the season as a starter but has since given up the spot to emerging big man Joel Embiid, needs six points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

Here's a look at KU's other Big 12 honors through the season's first seven weeks:

Nov. 18 — Perry Ellis (co-player of the week)

Nov. 18 — Andrew Wiggins (newcomer of the week)

Dec. 2 — Joel Embiid (newcomer of the week)

Dec. 23 — Tarik Black (newcomer of the week)

Comments

Tony Bandle 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Watching Conner play, I am feeling some regret that he didn't take the redshirt this season.

He may be a prime candidate for Bill's MO of letting a freshman with potential play for a year, have that kid see for himself where he is is deficient and redshirt to work on his game and his strength and come back for the final three seasons.

With Naadir, Frank, Brannen and AWIII coming back next year plus Kelly Oubre and maybe just maybe even Wayne, we won't be hurting on the back line if Conner sits out.

The reason this thought came to mind was that in reading the article, I have realized Conner is light years away from being named the Big 12's Newcomer of the Week!!

Suzi Marshall 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Completely agree. Conner wanted a chance to play with Ellis. Ellis is projected as a mid first round pick so his continued presence is up in the air next year. It probably would be better for him to sit next year. You can't help but love him.

Benz Junque 11 months, 4 weeks ago

There is no way that Ellis would go in the mid first round no matter what the projections say. He is not the type of dynamic player the NBA is looking for. He'll stay four years at KU, I would bet on it.

It's great to see that given the right match up that Black can have this type of production. Going up against the fat, slow Smith for G-town was perfect for him. He didn't get in foul trouble because he could move his feet fast enough to keep up with the slower Smith. There won't be many games where Black has this advantage but we'll take everything he can give us. Plus this can only help his confidence. Great game!

Brianna Zaleski 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Yeah, he definitely benefited from guarding Smith, but also did a great job of shutting Smith as well. This could be a nice niche for him on this team: guard the opposing team's largest big. As u said, it would showcase his skills a bit more while also, cutting down on his "blocking" fouls. Good take

Tony Bandle 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Suzi, you really have got your act together regarding KU basketball. Are you a native Kansan? Your answers indicate someone who played the sport [I played for 40 years].

Did you play? Just curious because it appears to be that there are not very many female posters...and I don't know why.

Robert Brock 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Ellis is not a first-rounder. Not this year.

Mike Riches 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Good point on Conner redshirting next year. That may be the best move for everyone. It's disappointing that he hasn't been able to break out yet this season, and I realize Self seems to be settling into his rotation and it's not looking good for Conner, but I still wouldn't be surprised if we see him have at least one big game before this year's done. We all know how shooters can get hot, and despite his game performances thus far, Conner is a great shooter. Who knows, he may receive the Newcomer honor before the year is through...

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