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Sophomore's sensational night earns top grade vs. Toledo

1 - Perry Ellis — A rough hit to the head from a Georgetown player, which resulted in a mild concussion and a bruised nerve in his neck, didn’t keep Ellis from being at his best. He picked up six of his game-high 11 rebounds on the offensive glass and scored 21 points without turning the ball over once. Ellis runs the floor hard, which results in easy buckets and extra rebounds. He even mixed in a three-point shot during his big night and has made 3 of 6 on the year.

2 - Naadir Tharpe — Shook off a rough start and finished with 20 points and eight assists, to go with five turnovers. Tharpe made 4 of 5 three-pointers, boosting his season long-range percentage to .429. Made 7 of 8 field goals and played with strong confidence in every aspect of the game.

3 - Andrew Wiggins — Held Rian Pearson, a 16.6 points-per-game scorer, to 10 points with strong defensive effort. Also scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, but made just 1 of 4 three-pointers.

4 - Joel Embiid — It didn’t seem as if he played one of his stronger games and still he produced 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Also had three turnovers. You have to love how he looks so disappointed in himself when he disappoints his coach. Impressed Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk with his demeanor and talent. The coach summed him up in one word: “Special." Wiggins said of Embiid: “Even when you think he’s not playing good he’s playing good. He affects the game in so many different ways it’s unbelievable.”

5 - Frank Mason — Threaded the needle with beautiful passes ranging from long, on-the-money deliveries, to bounce passes on the fly to a nice lob to Wiggins in transition. Ran the team well during his 23 minutes and had seven assists and one turnover. Fearless competitor.

6 - Wayne Selden, Jr.— Mixed sloppy turnovers with nice post feeds during and up-and-down night. Scored eight points and had three assists and four turnovers, one of which probably should have gone to Tharpe.

7 - Jamari Traylor — Is refining nicely a move that leaves slower defenders helpless. Facing the basket, he ball-fakes left, takes a quick, long stride right, and a couple of bounces is later is going in for an uncontested dunk or layup. In nine productive minutes, he produced four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

8 - Tarik Black — Toledo’s leading scorer on the night, sophomore center Nathan Boothe, scored nine of his 15 points during the seven minutes Black guarded him. Black did produce four points and three offensive rebounds during his seven minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene — Picked up a rebound in five minutes, all of which came in the first half.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 114

Andrew Wiggins 108

Perry Ellis 108

Frank Mason 85

Wayne Selden Jr. 83

Naadir Tharpe 79

Jamari Traylor 62

Tarik Black 53

Andrew White III 46

Brannen Greene 30

Landen Lucas 27

Conner Frankamp 23

Justin Wesley 2

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Comments

Jonathan Allison 7 months ago

How many of Tharpe's TOs came in the first 4 minutes? Seemed at least 2 maybe 3 I think. He played well for most of the game after he came back in off the bench.

Mason definitely played well too. Mason reminds me of Tharpe last season, except for Mason doesn't turn it over. I know that Self wants him to push the tempo, but too often it seems that Mason tries to force the action when he doesn't have an opening. He drives himself into a bad layup attempt. When Tharpe was at his best last season (and this season) he was pushing it in transition but probing the defense in the half-court set and then finding the open man. He was not at his best when he drove straight to the basket, even if his intent was to drive and dish. He was at his best when he would purposefully dribble into the middle of the defense and then pass to an open shooter, cutter, or big man.

I'm really impressed with Mason's ball protection though. I read it on the notebook aticle that in the last 4 games or however many he's had a 12:2 A:TO ratio. It's unbelievable to me that a freshman who plays with such reckless abandon can play at that level. The next step in his development is to learn that an ill-advised shot attempt usually ends the same as a TO, and that he can better utilize the weapons around him when he learns how to attack the defense under control and exploit the holes left behind after it collapses. a 12:2 assist/turnover ratio, and yet still such room to improive, what tremendous potential that young man appears to have!

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Doug Cramer 7 months ago

Embiid and Wiggins - These guys are progressing well...and you can see them growing up.

Which is why I bring this up...I really hope they stick around another year. We want to see these guys star in the NBA. They both could use another year to learn from Self...and to throw on a few more lbs of muscle.

Hope that Marcus Smart's move to stay at Ok St. sticks with other guys that are eager to leave too early.

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Doug Cramer 7 months ago

Which is why White and Frankamp should have redshirted.

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Dirk Medema 7 months ago

Except that they have been needed already, and likely will be even more when fouls mount in various games.

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Dirk Medema 7 months ago

Loved the comment - I think from Piper, that you really have to be impressed by an athletic move (Embiid's) when someone as uber-athletic as Wiggins is impressed. The quickness of the spins by those 2 in particular is just amazing.

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