Josh Selby lives up to hype in opener
1. Josh Selby: From the moment he hit a three-pointer with such beautiful form to the time he hit the game-winning three pointer, Selby never for an instant left the audience asking, “Why all the hype?” He made 5 of 8 three-point shots and all but one of seven free throws for 21 points in 27 minutes. On the downside, he was out of position defensively more than once and had four turnovers. He’s obviously a talented, gutsy player and a great entertainer.
2. Thomas Robinson: Always lends team a tremendous energy boost off the bench. Contributed 10 points, seven boards and a blocked shot, but still looked a little sped up offensively at times and still hasn’t broken from his free-throw shooting slump.
3. Marcus Morris: Made just half his free throws and totaled 11 points and seven rebounds. He made the diagonal pass to the perimeter to Selby for his game-winner and prepared for that during a break in the action, telling him he would be looking for him when he got double-teamed.
4. Markieff Morris: Had some troubles with USC’s physical center Alex Stepheson, but managed to contribute 11 points and eight rebounds and mixed in a couple of nice post feeds. Made all four of his free throws.
5. Brady Morningstar: Didn’t have the smoothest game offensively, but again made key contributions at the other end. Had three steals and played such good defense on USC’s final set play to try to tie or win the game that his man, Jio Fontan, stepped on the out-of-bounds line with the ball in his hands. Morningstar also pitched in with two huge offensive rebounds in the final minutes. He had three on the season coming into the game.
6. Tyrel Reed: Missed both three-point attempts but had five assists and not a single turnover, compared to a combined seven assists and 13 turnovers for the rest of the team.
7. Travis Releford: Got the start, but other than two steals in 15 minutes, didn’t do much.
8. Tyshawn Taylor: Had one assist and six turnovers and scored seven points in his poorest performance of the season.
9. Elijah Johnson: Had a quiet eight minutes.
10. Jeff Withey: Had two boards and a blocked shot in three minutes, but missed both of his free throws.
The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Marcus Morris (82 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (81 points)
3. Markieff Morris (79 points)
4. Thomas Robinson (67 points)
5. Brady Morningstar (51 points)
6. Tyrel Reed (48 points)
7. Travis Releford (41 points)
8. Mario Little (34 points)
9. Elijah Johnson (31 points)
10. Jeff Withey (23 points)
11. Josh Selby (10 points)
12. Royce Woolridge (3 points)
Note: Once Big 12 season begins, both overall and conference Keegan ratings standings will be kept to take into account Selby's late arrival into the rotation.