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Elijah Johnson lights up Aggies again

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1. Elijah Johnson: The Aggies brought out the best in Johnson again. He looked comfortable running the point for stretches and nailed 5 of 7 three-pointers, all five free throws and had four assists, one turnover and two steals on his way to 26 points.

2. Thomas Robinson: Had 19 points, 10 boards, four assists and a steal in a strong 33-minute effort. Also made both three-point attempts.

3. Jeff Withey: Blocked four shots and altered many more to go with 11 points and six rebounds. But in his past five games (two of which he had no attempts) he has shot just .680 from the line.

4. Tyshawn Taylor: Battling sickness all week, he sucked it up and played hard to contribute 16 points and four assists. He had four turnovers.

5. Travis Releford: Made both field goal attempts and shot 3 of 4 from the line.

6. Conner Teahan: Didn’t make a shot but hustled his way to four rebounds and three assists with just one turnover.

7. Kevin Young: Had a bad turnover and didn’t get a rebound but scored four points in 10 minutes.

8. Justin Wesley: Had two boards and a steal in nine minutes.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Had a bad turnover, an assist and a steal in five minutes.

10. Jordan Juenemann: Played three minutes.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (284 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (267 points)
3. Jeff Withey (236 points)
4. Elijah Johnson (219 points)
5. Travis Releford (210 points)
6. Conner Teahan (166 points)
7. Kevin Young (140 points)
8. Justin Wesley (110 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (79 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)
11. Jordan Juenemann (8 points)

Comments

actorman 6 years, 11 months ago

It's amazing how much productivity EJ can get off the bench, isn't it? (You all heard Bobby Knight refer to him coming off the bench, right? Although I realize he later tried to cover his typical stupidity by saying that he was effective starting or coming off of the bench.)

milehighhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

I thought his "cover-up" was hilarious: So what you're saying, coach, is that Johnson plays well when he is in the game? Gotcha.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 11 months ago

we obviously have great depth when we have a guard as good as Elijah Johnson stepping in off the bench.

Maybe he meant was Elijah Johnson always plays better after Coach has pulled him out of the game for Teahan, and then puts him back in. (grasping at straws here)

Scott Smetana 6 years, 11 months ago

Is EJ our Point Guard next year? I originally thought it was going to be Tharpe and was worried that Tharpe wasn't getting that much PT. Maybe Bill has EJ in mind for next year.

Kye Clark 6 years, 11 months ago

I've always thought EJ was going to run the point next year.

baldwinjhawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Next Year starting lineup

pg EJ sg BMac pf P Ellis sf TRel C Withey

Alohahawk 6 years, 11 months ago

Excluding injuries, those 5 will be starting at the end of next season. Because they will already know Self's system, Traylor or Young might start over Ellis, in the first few games. Depends on how quickly Ellis learns Self's defensive system and his x's & o's. In the long run, Ellis will get more minutes than Traylor or Young. KU will need his points productivity and his rebounding.

Who knows, Traylor might be a beast at the low block power forward position. He has that muscular, Jamison/Robinson look.

Who will red-shirt next year, if any? I'd say Peters, or perhaps Lucas. And they both could, if Sampson or Parker were to sign on.

There's a slight chance Withey could be lured into leaving early to the NBA, which would dramatically alter the entire post rotation for 2012 - 2013. For obvious reasons, JW needs his senior year to develop as much as he can under Danny. Otherwise, he'll be playing a lot of D League. Because both twins jumped last season, it appears Self is trying to cover all his bases this time around.

Some have suggested that White might red shirt, but with the recruits already committed for the 2013 - 2014 season, I'd say there would be no reason to do so.

The main question I have for 2012 - 2013 is how far along Tharpe develops. He's needed to back up EJ. He doesn't need to score a whole lot. Just control the ball, not turn it over, and play good defense.

John Randall 6 years, 11 months ago

Is it tomorrow yet in alohaland?

You're just bassackwards about early-vs-late season in 2012-13.

justanotherfan 6 years, 11 months ago

I think Traylor will start next season over Ellis, probably for the entire year. Ellis is a really good player, but he is, from my watching, only an average HS rebounder. With that particular lineup (and missing TRob), you need your PF to be an above average rebounder. Withey is a solid rebounder, but he's not such a monster on the glass that I'd safely go with him and a pair of average rebounding forwards in Releford and Ellis.

I think Ellis provides some scoring punch off the bench next year because I think he is stronger offensively than Traylor, but defense and rebounding are a must for the PF position next year, and I think that means Traylor.

REHawk 6 years, 11 months ago

It looks as though EJ will start at point, with Tharpe backing him up, and BenMac playing the 2 guard, if he comes along as promised.

jgkojak 6 years, 11 months ago

I like our team next year - should be solid, but w/some actual depth coming off the bench, another Top 5 season.

John Randall 6 years, 11 months ago

Young is what he is – mediocre mid-major player who took a hiatus to mature and found a vacancy at a top-tier program, where he has developed enough to belong in the mix for playing time one more year. Only delusional fans could have expected more.

Ryan Mullen 6 years, 11 months ago

Can EJ's family visit him for each game from here on out? Please!!!!!

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