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End of season report: Marcus takes final No. 1 in ratings

1. Marcus Morris: Didn't do a good job on the boards, but came up big when KU belatedly pressed. Scored 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting.

2. Cole Aldrich: UNI's Jordan Eglseder outplayed him, but Aldrich did do a decent job offensively in his final game as a Jayhawk. Recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, with five of those rebounds on the offensive end.

3. Xavier Henry: In a teary postgame locker room, Henry was the most composed of the bunch. Could that be because he never seemed to deeply connect with teammates during his short stay in Lawrence? Contributed eight points, eight rebounds and two steals.

4. Markieff Morris: Quiet day on the boards for the vastly improved big man who will play an even more prominent role next season. Posted 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting with three rebounds.

5. Tyrel Reed: Instinctively protected the basket, leaving Ali Farokhmanesh wide open for a courageous three-pointer, but Reed came a long way in all areas during productive junior season. Scored eight points and went 2-for-4 from three-point range, adding an athletic steal.

6. Sherron Collins: When the going got tough, Collins regressed to the days when he tried to get it done by himself. Final game was not indicative of the senior's outstanding season and career. Made just 4 of 15 field-goal attempts and missed all six three-point shots.

7. Tyshawn Taylor: His high school coach, Bob Hurley, said last summer that Taylor should be thinking about turning pro. Hurley should stick to evaluating high school talent. Taylor has a chance to hold on to his starting position, provided he spends the offseason working hard on all facets of his game. Northern Iowa wisely dared Taylor to shoot three-pointers, leaving him wide-open. He missed on all five attempts and was limited to two points in 22 minutes.

8. Brady Morningstar: Wasn't the same player coming off the bench as he was as a starter. Played eight minutes and posted no points, one assist and no turnovers.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (280 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (276 points)
3. Marcus Morris (257 points)
4. Xavier Henry (234 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (194 points)
6. Markieff Morris (189 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (155 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (123 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (93 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (62 points)
11. Jeff Withey (27 points)
12. C.J. Henry (21 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12/Postseason Standings
1. Sherron Collins (165 points)
2. Marcus Morris (160 points)
3. Cole Aldrich (158 points)
4. Xavier Henry (120 points)
5. Markieff Morris (113 points)
6. Tyshawn Taylor (107 points)
7. Brady Morningstar (97 points)
8. Tyrel Reed (96 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (37 points)
10. Jeff Withey (26 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (12 points)

The Keegan Ratings: NCAA Tournament only
1. Marcus Morris (20 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (17 points)
T3. Sherron Collins (14 points)
T3. Xavier Henry (14 points)
5. Tyrel Reed (13 points)
6. Markieff Morris (11 points)
7. Tyshawn Taylor (9 points)
8. Brady Morningstar (6 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (2 points)
10. Jeff Withey (1 point)

First-place votes
Cole Aldrich 9
Marcus Morris 9
Sherron Collins 8
Xavier Henry 6
Tyshawn Taylor 2
Markieff Morris 1
Elijah Johnson 1

Notes: C.J. Henry, though he is a walk-on, will be included in the Keegan Ratings.

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Comments

murph 4 years, 4 months ago

It's no surprise that X was "most composed". He's his father's child - he has been raised to only be concerned with his personal benefit. He was just passing time in Lawrence this year.

The biggest improvements which can happen for next year's team is for he and his brother to go on to their "promised land" and for the team's personal cancer, Tyshawn Taylor, to go away. I don't care where he goes - just away. His antics have caused disruption all year long, and have demanded an unbalanced share of the coaches' and team's attention. He can't bear for the spotlight to be away from himself for too long, and that's not a good thing for a team's chemistry. Not a good thing at all.

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Jacobpaul81 4 years, 4 months ago

Keegan, I think Taylor will make you look the fool. I think I'll take Bob Hurley's word over yours. I don't think anyone would credit you with the ability to evaluate talent. I personally think that Cole and Sherron negated the rest of the teams' strengths. Just you wait. Kansas will be a better basketball team next year without them.

I'm going to eat it up if we win it all next season. =)

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Christopher Johnson 4 years, 4 months ago

Who starts next year? Reed, Morningstar, CJ, Elijah, Tyshawn? Who is our 3 if Xavier leaves? The post will be incredible again. All in all, even with a lot of questions marks, we're going to be top 5 again next year.

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Mike Kendall 4 years, 4 months ago

Marcus will be better next year. I hope the improvements he made this year will multiply for next season. Didn't take the twins for granted at all this season. Nice job, Marcus and Markieff!

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Lacy Mohler 4 years, 4 months ago

"Sherron Collins: When the going got tough, Collins regressed to the days when he tried to get it done by himself."

Christ, Keegan, make up your mind. Those of us who were not fans of Collins's play said his inablility to play team ball would cost this team a NC. He has the athletic body to play point guard, but not mentality. He has the mentality to play shooting guard, but not the body. He can move fast in a straight line, but not side to side making his defense weak. Teams killed him this year with screens and picks. I felt sorry for him at times and I've had Collins fatigue for some time now.

But you, Keegan, loved him. You applauded the very thing you now criticize. He caused the first KSU game to go into OT with the same play he screwed up at the end of the first half against N. Iowa. It was like an instant replay. But he had one successful drive in OT-- when KU still had a one point lead--and you declared him player of the year.

He didn't have an outstanding season. People made excuses for him all season. Oh, he is hurt, he is playing too many minutes, his tank is low, he is a new daddy---he played tired, bored and for the most part uninspired. As a college player he had it all once and maybe the realization of just how difficult it is to win a NC affected is play. He did come back and finish his degree which is commendable, but I'm willing to bet his advise to a college junior with the choice of go or stay would be go.

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Rock_Chalk_25 4 years, 4 months ago

I honestly think that our team next year will blow this team away. This team definitely could've been legendary, but for some reason they just didn't gel. They went 32-2 during the regular season yet almost all KU fans thought there was something missing. I can envision next year's team being more similar to the 08' team even if Cole doesn't stay. Obviously this is very optimistic, but I have trust that TRob and Elijah are going to develop quickly and fit better inside Self's system. Time to play the starting five game:

1st guess: Tyshawn PG/SG Elijah PG/SG Marcus SF Markieff PF TRob C

Bench: Tyrel PG/SG Brady SG Mario SF Releford SF Withey C

If Marcus can improve his three-point shooting (in terms of getting set quicker, more range, on the move, etc) than this line-up could be deadly. I'm obviously counting on Tyshawn improving his shot from behind the arc, which is another very important issue this summer. If TRob can improve in the same manner as Kieff and Marcus then I'm confident in our chances come tournament time. I think we all have the inclination that Elijah is going to be pretty special, and Coach Self has been hinting sooner rather then later.

Thanks Sherron for help deliver a championship a few years ago and your outstanding effort on the court. Hopefully you're off to make some money in the League. RCJH

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RayJanowski 4 years, 4 months ago

Why does everyone love Tyshawn Taylor, was it the fight with the football team, his obscene facebook posts, his questioning his coach and role on the team (again via facebook) or the fact that he had too high of an opinion on his own game and listened to everyone but his own college coach costing his own personal development as well as the team. Keegan is right about Hurley and Tyshawn. If there is one thing I forgot about lawrence is that everyone who plays for KU is a Top 5 player in college basketball history and they never do wrong.

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shoeku 4 years, 4 months ago

hawkandtigerfan.....If you figure that cole and Xavier leave along with Sharron (and I suspect that CJ would leave with his brother)....I figure we will have Tyshawn at the point (penetrating and distributing the ball hopefully more like a Jacque Vaughn than a shooting guard like Collins), with Reed at shooting guard spotting up for 3 on the wing and I like Morningstar at the 3. He can really pass it into the post, and if he could gain some confidence on his jumper he could be a Brandon Rush type spot up shooter (people keep saying he is a shut down defender, but I am not convinced after the last few games, hopefully he can put on a few pounds of mustle and play more like Purdue's Chris Kramer on D.) And of Course we have the two twins in the post, which I really like because they can both knock down the 3 in our high-low offense.

Next year I would also look for us to play a deeper bench than this year. Midway through the season Self made a big mistake when he really cut down our team to about 8 players, that really hurt the development of our younger guys, plus I think they could have helped us out with some minutes when we were struggling. If Elijah had been ready to play yesterday we could have really used him to take some of Collins 38 minutes, allowing Collins to settle down and save some energy for the end press. I can see us playing 10 players next season pretty comfortably. We have Elijah playing the point coming off the bench, Releford should see some minutes at the 2, Mario Little at the 3 will probably see the least minutes as will Withey at the 5. But, Thomas Robinson after getting to watch this year will be a great post man off the bench, and will hopefully learn our defensive system and won't make as many mistakes as he did when he saw minutes this year.

However, I could really see Cole staying, considering how much he loves playing for KU and living the college life. A friend of my family knows his girlfriend, who said he was really having a tough time with the decision pre-tournament and was leaning towards staying. After a loss in the second round he could be motivated to come back and give it another go, plus he could improve his draft status by becoming a quicker more dominant player on the offensive end like St. Mary's Sanham. In this case we would have a lot of post players and not enough minutes to go around.

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tstanlick1909 4 years, 4 months ago

Rock Chalk 25,

Im not usually one to argue with other fans, especially during a time like this.

But the fact that you think Marcus will be a 3 next year when he already showed how scrappy he is on the boards is laughable. Trob is not a center either dude get a clue.

Both Morris twins start front court. Perimeter consists of Tyshawn, Elijah, Tyrel, Brady, Selby/Knight. With Little and Releford at the wing. Woolridge: we'll see what he has to offer

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bg_duck1 4 years, 4 months ago

Mario Little will be our best player next season and will win Big 12 player of the year. You all saw him after the game how much this loss hurt him and he didn't play in one single game all year. That dude is going to be even more motivated now and is going to absolutely dominate

Let X leave he was never the game changing McD's all American that he was advertised to be

TT will continue to be ineffective until he gets his head on straight and if he keeps it up will be watching EJ play ball while he's sitting on the bench

Great year, obviously didn't finish the way we hoped, but still tremendously proud of Bill and his team ROCK CHALK

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Scott Smetana 4 years, 4 months ago

X seems just as good as Brandon as a Freshman, no more, no less. I think anyone is smoking crack who thinks he's ready for the NBA next year. I think Reed outplayed him most of the second half of the season.

Duck, I hope I'm wrong, but Mario's defense does not seem up to speed a huge factor. However, this team could use some more consistent offense! -

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TaCityHawkFan 4 years, 4 months ago

Congrats to each and ever player and coach this year on a great season. I am tired of all the people tearing the team down after the season. I wish Collins all of the success in the future as an ambassador to KU and our Basketball team. Cole and X, I wish good luck in determining if this was the last season you will spend in a KU uniform or not (despite what the writers of this site declare). To all the players that will remain on this team, use this as motivation to get mentally tougher, physically stronger, and more sound as a basketball technician.

To the coaches that are leaving, we wish you luck. Make us proud! To the coaches and players that will join this team, work hard and we will support you!

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trueblue9 4 years, 4 months ago

What I think the rotation should be:

Starters: EJ, Reed, Little, Marcus, Withey Significant minutes: Brady, Markeif, TRob Lesser minutes, but still getting in the game: Releford Assuming not on the team: X, Cole, TT

What I think the rotation will be: Starters: Tyshawn, Morningstar, Little, Twins Significant minutes: Reed, EJ, Withey, TRob No minutes: Releford, any stud freshmen who might otherwise contribute

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trueblue9 4 years, 4 months ago

What I think the rotation should be:

Starters: EJ, Reed, Little, Marcus, Withey Significant minutes: Brady, Markeif, TRob Lesser minutes, but still getting in the game: Releford Assuming not on the team: X, Cole, TT

What I think the rotation will be: Starters: Tyshawn, Morningstar, Little, Twins Significant minutes: Reed, EJ, Withey, TRob No minutes: Releford, any stud freshmen who might otherwise contribute

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rudymchavez 4 years, 4 months ago

Since we're talking about the past and future, I'd offer my thanks to Sherron, Cole, & X they provided us with the talent we needed to win it all this year, they're good players and will make money playing the game they love for a few years to come. I like many was waiting for this team to put it all together for 1 game and since it didn't happen in the regular season I thought for sure we would see it in the tourney-guess there's an argument to chemistry. As for next year, as I told a MU fan last night, "we can beat you tomorrow with what we have minus the forementioned 3." I like Selby (if we didn't loose him last night)& Taylor at the guard positions, Mario on the wing, and Marcus & Withey in the post, 2nd unit may look like; well you'll have some competition for the 2 guard spots and the wing, my early guess is CJ & Tyrel and Releford will join T-Rob & Kief in the post, Morningstar will have to improve to avoid a mop up role, Elijah & Woolridge may be candidates for redshirts. Ultimately, chemistry will be the key and hopefully we'll put this behind us and win it all next year!

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jayhawkjoe98 4 years, 4 months ago

This team would not have gone 15-1 in conference play (in the best conference, mind you) if it truly lacked chemistry. Nor would it have lead the Big 12 in scoring, assists, and field goal percentage.

The chemistry BS needs to stop. KU got beat by a UNI team that was simply better on that given evening. KU is entitled to having off games. It just sucks when they come during the Big Dance and when the opposing team has one of its better shooting performances of the season.

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tahawk81 4 years, 4 months ago

jayhawkjoe89-I think you bring up a good point about if you go 15-1 in one of the toughest conferences you have to have some chemistry. I dont think the chemistry was the issue, but something was. I dont think its a surprise to anyone who really followed this team that we got beat by UNI. For all the improvement we made over the summer and throughout the year, if Sherron had a bad game, we were very capable of getting beat. In my opinion that made us no different from last year. There was more talent on this team but we just couldn't put it all together. That is why this was a good team but not a great team. Great teams find a way to win when their inferior opponent is having a great night. X and Cole are gone. Anyone who thinks they aren't is kidding themselves. I think we need a true point next year-enter Mr. Selby and we might have a chance to be even better because our fate wont rest on how one guy is playing. To the players- great year, had a fun time watching. All the best in the future.

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Kye Clark 4 years, 4 months ago

drgnslayr - 100% agreed. On the court he played hard, worked hard to improve, and by all accounts was a great teammate, not some prima dona like John Wall..

Additionally, I'm pretty sick of reading things and listening to people tear down anyone on this team, players or coaches. I understand as fans we always look to break down the games (win or lose), nothing more telling of that than commenting on a thread that ranks players' performances. In the context of an individual game's performance, it is okay to critique things, and being a loyal fan doesn't mean you have to toe the company line and blindly agree with every decision that's made. However, it has gotten really mean-spirited with the bad-mouthing and finger pointing. Some people questioning HCBS's abilities and even going so far as wanting him to get shown the door. Saying they hope Tyshawn transfers. Many of the comments I've read are from posters you didn't hear from all year long, and you have to wonder about their loyalty, for they are truly fair-weather fans. When it comes from those who have lived & died with this team year in and year out, it brings shame on all of Jayhawk Nation. We still had a great season, Bill Self is still a great coach, Sherron is still one of the all-time greats, and all of the players are still great kids. To those departing we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and to those returning we can't wait to see you all next year! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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Theutus 4 years, 4 months ago

Staying on the positive side of things, i agree with bg_duck. Little will be exactly what we need moving forward. He's an older more experienced leader.... He's got more fight in him than anyone i've seen in a long time, if not ever.

Last year he was consistently fighting and pulling down boards against guys 5 or 6 inches taller than him, and with a broken bone!

Assuming the Morris twins keep improving (they have earned so much respect in my book with their growth), Little will come in and be the amazing forward we need to create offensively, and still average 5-10 boards a game. I'm also hoping EJ gets considerable playing time (if not starting) next season. He's a freak athlete, and with a little vote of confidence and some quality PT, i think he could be one of (if not the best) PG's in my time as a Jayhawk fan.

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BrockIII 4 years, 4 months ago

There are some bold predictions here regarding KU's squad next season. Saying things along the lines of next year's team will surpass this year's team is really going out on a limb. We knew (or thought we knew) what we had this year. We do not know what we have next year. The last time you saw Johnson, Releford, Robinson, and Withey play, they looked raw and unpolished, but showed potential. Hopefully these guys improve leaps and bounds this offseason and work painfully hard to fine tune their games.

Also, you better hope that KU reels in Selby. The addition of him doesn't guarantee anything, but he is a big game changer with his sick driving and perimeter shooting capabilities. Adding someone with his skill set could be the final peice to the puzzle.

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swense 4 years, 4 months ago

None of you aforementioned experts on the game of BB will read this but having watched the great teams of the past going back to Ray Evans, Charlie Black, Otto Scnellbacher and the 1952, 1953 and Wilt Chamberlin's team, I think they all had a killer instinct. Having said that, what I mean is those teams I think when it came to crunch time the players and Coaches put the hammer down on the opponent. Now we have to get ahead in order to put the hammer down, we didn't do it against UNI. I am very proud of this Jayhawk team and wish all members a great future and a wonderful summer, come back next year and provide us with more great BB. Coach Self and the rest take some time and have a fun spring and summer, golf and do whatever makes you and your family happy. See you next year 2011.

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VegasJhawk09 4 years, 4 months ago

Tom, dont be so hard on X, man. He was probly in shock. Either that or he internalized his emotions until he could release them in a more private and comfortable setting. Who knows. Or maybe your right and X knew he was going to the NBA when the game was over.

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VegasJhawk09 4 years, 4 months ago

Either way, you cant say he wasnt a team player and didnt improve his all around game this year.

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Firebirdguy31 4 years, 4 months ago

The thing that bothers me most about X and some other players that have played at KU is that it seems like they don't bleed crimson & blue like true die hard KU fans/players. Sherron, Cole, Manning... and many, many others truly love this school. They come back, they cheer, they agonize with defeat, they love this school like we do.

The entire Henry family has played for KU, but for some reason Carl Henry seemed reluctant to send his boys here. Why? If C.J. could pick any school to attend and play basketball for as a walk-on, why did he not choose KU from the start? I just reread this article from early last summer and it made me feel a little better on how the Henrys feel about KU.

http://theshiver.com/2009/06/carl-henry-clears-the-airpart-1/

I didn't get an opportunity to see Carl at the games and see him cheer, or not cheer, or whatever he did during the game, so I haven't seen him cheer.

I want the Henry family to come to KU games long after X and CJ are gone and cheer with us. We are all happy that they're here and we are all a part of the same family.

We just don't want to be used as a stepping stone and then thrown aside once they're done with us.

So if X stays another year or doesn't. We don't mind. We want him to succeed. We just want them to come back and show their support, and bleed crimson & blue.

RCJH

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