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Calming influence of Ellis sets soph apart vs. UTEP

1. Perry Ellis: Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” came to mind during the late-game collapse: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ...” Ellis was a calming voice of reason, surrounded by madness. And even he had two turnovers and a foul during UTEP’s 18-7 stretch that started with 1:59 left and ended with seven seconds left as a 14-point lead dwindled to three points. Ellis led KU with 19 points, had seven rebounds and made 7 of 8 free throws.

2. Joel Embiid: Established himself as leading candidate to be chosen with No. 1 pick in 2014 NBA draft. Was nothing short of spectacular in Bahamas in variety of ways. He passed, rebounded, scored and blocked shots in a way that left the tongues of scouts hanging. Had nine points, six rebounds, seven blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 21 minutes in this one. Three-game Battle 4 Atlantis totals: 48 minutes, 29 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocked shots, 13 personal fouls, .632 from the field, .714 from the line.

3. Wayne Selden: Scored eight of teams first 10 points and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six turnovers. One-handed follow jam raised the roof.

4. Naadir Tharpe: Made 2 of 5 three-pointers and contributed 11 points and four assists. Still could do better job penetrating or keeping the ball moving with a pass to create scoring opportunities for others. Making that change will require making others’ shots a priority over his own.

5. Jamari Traylor: Hustle resulted in two offensive rebounds and he made 4 of 4 free throws in eight-minute stint.

6. Andrew Wiggins: Strong defense kept him on floor for 34 minutes. Totaled six points, seven rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

7. Tarik Black: Pulled down five rebounds in 11 scoreless minutes. Whistled for just one foul.

8. Frank Mason: Nobody played better than he did in the first two games, nobody worse in the third. Committed two fouls in final 24 seconds when KU was trying to protect a six-point lead. Almost committed another one on final possession. Lost his head, playing with no awareness of time and score. Misfired on all four three-pointers, making him 2 of 14 on season. Did way more good things than bad during tourney.

9. Andrew White III: Never got into a rhythm and had nothing to show for four scoreless minutes but a missed three-pointer and a foul.

10. Conner Frankamp: Missed two shots and committed a foul in five minutes.

11. Landen Lucas: Picked up one rebound, one foul in six minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

  1. Joel Embiid 65
  2. Perry Ellis 65
  3. Andrew Wiggins 64
  4. Frank Mason 54
  5. Wayne Selden Jr. 53
  6. Andrew White III 39
  7. Tarik Black 32
  8. Jamari Traylor 27
  9. Conner Frankamp 17
  10. Landen Lucas 12
  11. Brannen Greene 10
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Comments

Suzi Marshall 10 months ago

Better scorecard. Ellis was hept his head calm down the stretch even when making two critical errors in that stretch. We continue to have significant problems finding a true PG.

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Erich Hartmann 10 months ago

Disagree with final sentence. "Finding" a PG and "training" the PG we have found are 2 different things. Hmm, which statement applies here???? If the lightbulb still hasnt come on, lets say 6 games into the season, Self is "training" Mason to Self's ways, unless of course, you think a frosh in his SIXTH game can run the offense flawlessly. But to give you some positives on Mason, see his game vs. Duke, on a national stage...and read the article above (did you?) where it was said that Mason played 2 out of 3 good games in Atlantis. He will be a good one, but learning Selfball takes time. But you know that if you have watched how frosh do under Bill Self in the 11yrs he has been here. No issue with Tharpe, as getting the frosh to learn the things Tharpe already knows is the "gap" or ground we have to cover. Keep watching the development is all I can say.

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Suzi Marshall 10 months ago

I was on the Mason bandwagon until Atlantis, including the 'Nova game. In that game, the ball stuck in his hands and he delivered 0 assist in 26 minutes. The primary job of the PG is to make the team better and Tharpe/Mason did not do that. I'd like to see Selden get a chance at PG, although the 6 turnovers vs UTEP give me some pause.

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Erich Hartmann 10 months ago

All I can say is expect more uneven PG play as this is a whole new team. If you recall Mario Chalmers as a freshman--> he FAILED as a PG, and had to be moved to the 2guard for the duration of his KU career. RussRob didnt become the best PG/combo in the Self Era until his JUNIOR season, with that vaunted assist:turnover ratio greater than 2:1. Expect much of this season to be a learning experience for Frank Mason, with high-talent moments + bonehead plays. Same as we have seen, right? Im not worried, and no way seen enough of him to be "off" the Mason bandwagon. People had a love-hate feeling with Sherron & Tyshawn also (l loved both, and would play in any big game with either, too bad EJ didnt have Tyshawn for 1 more year)...you just hope they keep getting better sooner rather than later.

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Asad Zoberi 10 months ago

I am puzzled by the rotation Bill Self is using. Only 4 mins for AW3, and no mins for Greene. I think Frankamp should have red shirted. He is not ready for Div 1 level as of yet. Greene should have gotten the mins. He is bigger, stronger and has at least till this point shown a better shooting touch than CF. These are the games where AW3, and Greene should be getting the experience but it is really frustrating to see Bill Self going back to his rotation philosophy.

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Erich Hartmann 10 months ago

Dont be puzzled, as even Self is still testing and evaluating different lineups. You realize different lineups provide different things, depending on height or ball-handling ability, right? You have also seen Greene make poor shot selection decision after decision in game after game, right? We all saw it, and announcers jumped on it every game its happened. Yes, some of those shots went in, but if you dont understand Self's whole mantra of "high% looks", then you will always be puzzled by what Self is doing, especially with his perimeter players. You/we also dont know how well Greene is doing in practice, which is a big, BIG part of proving you are ready for game minutes. If you cant make the proper decisions in practice, low chance you will during game stress conditions. Greene will be an awesome player for us, just very frosh right now. Keep watching his development. AW3 is further along, but he didnt do much vs. UTEP when he had the chance, did he? He will be another great player for us. Keep watching him.

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Barney Kruse 10 months ago

I've been able to watch more Okie State than KU on tv this year. Used to be that I never missed a game. It's sad to think it is all about the almighty dollar any more. Perhaps because thousands of us aren't able to watch and cheer anymore is why we lost our mojo... it's only weird if it don't work, right?... and it ain't working.

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Yolanda Gay 10 months ago

Frank Mason is a good, clutch player for a freshman. But his performance at Bahamas makes me think he shouldn't be on the floor in final minutes in a close game. There are some things you can excuse a being a freshman; but his fouls were not.

Black will probably start the rest of the year, being a senior. Self endears himself to seniors. But Embiid will definately be getting more minutes. It was funny Self said he talked to Joel's dad after the game his dad attended. The General didn't know much about basketball but said Joel needed to work on freethrows.

I hope Greene is out of the doghouse. I think he and AW needs to get more minutes.

Even before the Bahamas, Wiggins appears to get winded fast??

I really like Ellis, he does his work like a professional. I keep forgetting, he's only a soph. Kevin Young played most of the minutes last year. So he's a young pup himself.

It's going to be interesting to watch this young men throughout the year.

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Kent Richardson 10 months ago

Kevin Costner in Waterworld would have placed third during the entire Battle for Atlantis. There was no discernable plot for our play or the movie.

Wiggins with all that sick talent was really sick.

If the Incredible Hulk and Tarik were in the same front court both would foul out but Hulks would not be able to shoot free throws.

If Joel and Andrea Hudy would have a baby. Well, never mind.

Glad to tap the ruby slippers and get back home.

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