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Senior stardom making comeback at Kansas

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Kansas guards Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) and Devonte' Graham (4) make conversation during the second half, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guards Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) and Devonte' Graham (4) make conversation during the second half, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

It's not all that common for an elite college basketball program to have a pair of seniors as productive as Kansas' duo of Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk.

The most talented players tend to be underclassmen who play one (Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Jackson, Ben McLemore), two (Darrell Arthur) or three (Brandon Rush, Thomas Robinson, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Mario Chalmers, Cole Aldrich) seasons.

Graham and Svi needed all four years to give themselves the best shot at developing into NBA prospects and they both showed steady improvement throughout their careers. Kansas coach Bill Self appreciates that he never has had to coach attitude and effort with them.

They form the highest-scoring senior tandem to play four seasons for Self at Kansas. Wayne Simien and Keith Langford spent half their careers playing for Roy Williams, half for Self.

A look at the highest-scoring senior tandems to play for Self at Kansas:

Year Bill Self senior tandem
Points per game
2004-05 1 - Wayne Simien
Keith Langford
34.7
2017-18 2 - Devonte' Graham
Svi Mykhailiuk
33.3
2016-17
3 - Frank Mason
Landen Lucas
28.9
2012-13 4 - Jeff Withey
Travis Releford
25.6
2011-12 5 - Tyshawn Taylor
Conner Teahan
21.7
2015-16 6 - Perry Ellis
Jamari Traylor
19.8
2007-08 7 - Darnell Jackson
Russell Robinson
18.5
2010-11 8 - Tyrel Reed
Brady Morningstar
16.8

Graham's season-by-season stats show how more was put on him each season and he proved up to the challenge.

Devonte' Graham
Year
Points Assists Steals 3-pt. pct.
2014-15 5.7 2.1 0.9 .425
2015-16 11.3 3.7 1.4 .441
2016-17 13.4 4.1 1.5 .388
2017-18 17.7 7.2 1.6 .423

Svi showed similar growth throughout his career.

Svi Mykhailiuk
Year
Points Assists Steals 3-pt. pct.
2014-15 2.8 0.7 0.3 .288
2015-16 5.4 0.9 0.3 .402
2016-17
9.8 1.3 0.9 .398
2017-18 15.6 2.8 1.1 .450

Comments

Brian Babcock 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice look at senior tandems Mr. Keegan. I enjoyed this. I'm not trying to be a jerk and apologize if I come off that way. These stats are per game played? How do the stats compare when increased playing time per game is factored in as the players mature and get more playing time per game? I guess that would be something like 'per 40 minutes played'?

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