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Taylor breaks out of slump, tops Keegan's list

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After each KU basketball game this season, this is where you can find out the hardwood equivalent of The Nielsen Ratings from Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. He'll rate the Jayhawk scholarship players' individual performances, telling you who was worth tuning in to watch. If you agree or maybe even differ, make sure to comment and tell Tom how you really feel. (Scoring: Each week, the top player in the ratings will be awarded 10 points. Second best gets nine points. Third best gets eight points, and so on and so on. The season standings are at the bottom.)

1. Tyshawn Taylor: Aggressive yet under control, Taylor stood out at both ends in the half court and in transition, waving good-bye to the first slump of his college career. Taylor totaled 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot, which came during the 18-0 run to start the game.

2. Sherron Collins: Committed four turnovers and put up one bad shot, but otherwise had a strong night with 24 points, five boards and four assists in 27 minutes. Battled foul trouble.

3. Cole Aldrich: Made all but one of his six field goal attempts and all five shots from the line and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Limited to 28 minutes because of foul trouble.

4. Brady Morningstar: Didn’t get a rebound, but played well defensively, hit the biggest shot of the night, a three-pointer to make it 48-42, and had three assists without a turnover.

5. Mario Little: Showed off a nice mid-range jumper and scored eight points in 13 minutes. Showed he’s a team guy by deciding not to redshirt, which shortened his college career and made this year’s team better.

6. Markieff Morris: Had five points, five rebounds and the usual four fouls in 23 minutes off the bench.

7. Marcus Morris: Made just 1 of 4 from the line, but did pick up seven boards and two steals in 15 minutes.

8. Tyrel Reed: Had six points and two steals in 23 minutes.

9. Travis Releford: Played just three minutes.

10. Tyrone Appleton: Got in for a fraction of a minute.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings (total points)

1. Sherron Collins (143 points)

2. Cole Aldrich (140 points)

3. Tyshawn Taylor (112 points)

4. Brady Morningstar (97 points)

5. Tyrel Reed (87 points)

6. Marcus Morris (84 points)

7. Markieff Morris (77 points)

8. Travis Releford (59 points)

9. Quintrell Thomas (42 points)

10. Tyrone Appleton (20 points)

11. Mario Little (16 points)

Comments

Ed Fox 11 years, 1 month ago

Gotta say, I'd probably have Tyrell a lot higher. Especially defensively. I think he's gotten much better moving his feet and staying in front of his man. This is something that Tyshawn still has trouble doing regularly. He got beat off of the dribble a number of times tonight. Frequently there were big guys there to contest the shot, but it also may have cost some fouls. Not really trying to be down on Tyshawn, but I think Tyrell's contributions on both ends (and especially when Sherron was on the bench) may be somewhat overlooked.

jaybate 11 years, 1 month ago

Is Quintrell Thomas still suiting up?What did Quintrell do to lose his minutes?

Chris Teegarden 11 years, 1 month ago

Speaking of QT who thinks he's looking to transfer?

dcmander 11 years, 1 month ago

I think all you Reid supporters are crazy. He gets BLOWN BY almost every possession. He absolutely has to have this feet set to make a 3 and he isn't very good at setting his feet unless he's wide open. He's a huge defensive liability. I've ready many posts on here that say Reid is better than Morningstar and it is just absurd. I think Reid can help the team especially when we need a three, but he can't be a huge defensive liability like he has been. I'm not sure he should be on the floor with Brady unless we are attacking a zone.

Drew Alan 11 years, 1 month ago

reid and morningstar are essentially the same... whoever is playing good defense and has his shot falling that night should get the majority of the minutes. reed seems to be a better pure shooter and mornignstar seems to have a little bit better athletic ability (who says white men can't jump?)before the season I made a bet with a friend that Q thomas would transfer (with 7 newcomers you knew SOMEBODY was going to be unhappy with how things shook out), and now with the addition of Withey, the return of Mario Little (and him starting at the 4, instead of his natural 3), and the rapid decline of Q's minutes I am now almost certain he will transfer because he was the only scholarship player (is teahen on scholarship?) not to play yesterday, and he's got a soph and 2 freshmen (plus withey?) ahead of him so he's going to have to leap frog ahead of those guys to earn his minutes for his entire career.

dcmander 11 years, 1 month ago

There is no comparison between Morningstar and Reid's defensive abilities...

ku98 11 years, 1 month ago

Tyrel's athleticism is very poor for a D1 player. He does not jump particularly well. He can't move his feet laterally, so he is a huge defensive liability. As for his offense, I think his repertoire is limited too. He can't create his own shot, nothing off the dribble, no stop and pop at all. He is the stereotypical small-town boy from Kansas who dominated at the local high school level, but who ends up a borderline D1 player.I agree with dcmander. Let's bring him in as a zone buster, but that's it.I am not a big fan of Morningstar either but he shows more athleticism and more versatility. Brady is closer to a poor man's Kirk Hinrich than Tyrel ever will.

rawkhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

I've been increasingly impressed with Morningstar and sense that he will improve. I wish I had more of an opinion on Q Thomas...I guess I hope that he's working to improve himself in practice, supporting the team, and may get more minutes in the future.

champhawk10 11 years, 1 month ago

First of all. Its REED not reid. Secondly I am not going to get on here and dish morningstar and reed because I think they have been contributing as good as they can this year and I have been surprised on how well they have played at times. With that said I have a hard time thinking our lineup is competitive with both of them in the game at the same time. I think they have too similar of games to be playing at the same time. Morningstar plays better defense but his shot has been off lately, they both are really weak in rebounding. They will both have to pick up their games for this season to be successful but it does scare me when they are both in the game at the same time.

baseball_giant81 11 years, 1 month ago

do you guys even watch the game or know anything about basketball??? wow i think you guys are off your rocker... tyrel makes as few of mistakes as anyone on the team... he might not be the most athletic but watching him out there he plays as hard if not harder than anyone of the court... there must be something that he has that coach self sees beasue everyone night you see him out there playing... i for one know that if he was given the ball and was the go to guy for a game he would go off for big numbers... i have seen him play against d1 players when he was with the pump and run and he was a bigger scorer than relford was... he has the whole game but he is a team player and is not going to take it to the rim everytime he gets the ball... just wait and see and he is all going to make you put your foot in your mouth...

Lin Rahardja 11 years, 1 month ago

Sherron was a bit loose in handling the ball. He needs to improve recognizing the defense when they are about to collapse on him, or perhaps should dribble penetrate the trap before they actually happen. We know he has the heart and skill to do it.

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