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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

KU junior Devonte’ Graham named to Jerry West watch list

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) signals with an official the ball going the Jayhawks' way after forcing a turnover by TCU guard Chauncey Collins, back, during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas. At left is Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31).

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) signals with an official the ball going the Jayhawks' way after forcing a turnover by TCU guard Chauncey Collins, back, during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Schollmaier Arena in Forth Worth, Texas. At left is Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31).

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A day after seeing teammate Frank Mason named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, Kansas junior Devonte’ Graham found his name on a similar list.

Wednesday, the organization that runs the Jerry West Award, given annually to the best shooting guard in college basketball, revealed that Graham was one of 20 players added to this year’s watch list.

The KU junior is the lone Big 12 player on the list and he is joined by marquee names like Grayson Allen (Duke), Allonzo Trier (Arizona) and Malik Monk (Kentucky), among others.

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, who had a couple of memorable battles with Graham during the 2015-16 season, won the award last season.

Big 12 attendees

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday released the names of the various players who will head to Kansas City on Tuesday for the annual Big 12 media day.

KU coach Bill Self will be joined by seniors Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas, junior Devonte’ Graham and freshman Josh Jackson.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and will include coaches from all 10 Big 12 programs — including newcomers Jamie Dixon (TCU), Chris Beard (Texas Tech) and Brad Underwood (Oklahoma State) — as well as more than 30 players from the various programs.

Waters to Georgetown

After finishing up official visits to Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky, Tremont Waters, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound point guard from West Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday orally committed to join John Thompson III’s Hoyas program.

The four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com was ranked No. 36 in the 2017 Class.

Despite losing out on Waters, who visited KU for Late Night, the Jayhawks remain involved with a few five-star point guards in the 2017 class, including No. 7-ranked Collin Sexton, whom KU coaches Self and Norm Roberts checked in with in Georgia last weekend, according to TheShiver.com. Sexton has said he plans to make a decision in late October or early November.

KU also is still alive for Norman, Oklahoma, point guard Trae Young, Rivals.com’s No. 14-ranked player, who will make his official visit to Kansas this weekend.

Comments

Kent Richardson 3 years ago

With our two top scorers gone DeVonte will have a green light to be a 16 to 17 point scorer this year. He has shown green light ability so it is a high probability he will accomplish that and be the team's leading scorer. His stroke was as pretty as Brannen's and maybe more pure looking too. No doubt the infectious smile is even better. And to top it off he takes joy in dealing out ill will as a defender. Baby!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years ago

Definitely a good kid who deserves to have been listed. We did lose our two best scorers but not our two best players. Self's teams have so far been willing to spread the stats and I believe Graham and Mason will make sure that it continues this year. I think he (Graham) will have similar issues when it comes down to who wins these awards. Mason and Graham have the skills but their roles don't always put them out front. I would have a hard time picking between Mason and Graham. I give Graham the advantage in scoring and Mason getting all the players involved.. This could be a really good/exciting team with all the right pieces.

I noticed yesterday that Josh Jackson was picked as the Preseason Best incoming Freshman but having Preseason Newcomer of the Year go to Manu Lecomte. Is there any rule stating that limits the number of awards that a player can receive? I just can't see Josh Jackson coming in behind Lecomte.

I know that winning the award and being on the list is not a prerequisite but I would have to put Jackson as the winner of both categories.

Kent Richardson 3 years ago

Frank will be the glue for sure and with 7 or 8 assists a game and 13 plus points he will get major post season accolade results.

Jay Scott 3 years ago

Mason averaged 4.6 assists last year. Why would that increase by over 50% this year?

Mick Allen 3 years ago

8 assists a game would be a .425 increase Jay, but I agree with your thought. With Mason and Graham sharing the ball, neither will have the ball enough to average 7 or 8 assists a game. Not arguing against your opinion, just your math.

Jay Scott 3 years ago

...math is hard.... would 9.2 assists be a 100% increase? then 6.9 assists would be a 50% increase?

Dirk Medema 2 years, 12 months ago

3.4 is probably 42% of 8 but the increase is from 4.6 so a lot more than 42%. Closer to double which would be 100% increase.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 12 months ago

And these are the sort of story problems that drive students crazy.

Mick Allen 2 years, 12 months ago

My bad Dirk and Jay for bringing it up.

Kent Richardson 2 years, 12 months ago

It is about the watch lists dudes. Be on all you want but to get the brass ring you need the numbers. If Frank is to win those are reasonable numbers. Same for DeVonte.

Harlan Hobbs 2 years, 12 months ago

Can't help but chuckle a little about the math "machinations". Actually, Mick, I am glad that you brought it up because it brought a little levity to the discussion. Nothing wrong with that.

Have to agree that KU will have several guys who could get a lot of assists. Certainly, Frank and Devonte are the most logical choices, but don't sleep on Josh Jackson. He has a reputation for being unselfish and a great passer.

However, I hope that Josh will be more of a "finisher" because I believe that it will be in the best interest of the team. He clearly is in the Andrew Wiggins mold, but hopefully he will be more of an "alpha dog", at least when it comes to the post season. Andrew seemed to disappear during the Stanford game, and with Joel Embiid out of action, it was difficult for KU to get any consistent scoring in a game that they should have won.

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