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Mason's play-making sets him apart vs. Lafayette

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Kansas guard Frank Mason III, drives for a basket against the Lafayette Leopards Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, drives for a basket against the Lafayette Leopards Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

1 - Frank Mason III: Played fast when the situation called for it, patient when it was the right play, and consistently did all the things a team needs of its point guard. Again showed great shot selection and never hurried anything. Made 6 of 8 shots from the field and 2 of 3 from three on his way to 14 points, nine assists and just one turnover. Is one of four Jayhawks to reach double figures in three-pointers made this season (Brannen Green and Wayne Selden Jr. 13, Sviatoslav Mykyhailiuk 11) with 12, and Mason has the highest percentage of them all at .522.

2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Made 4 of 7 three-pointers and used his quickness, long arms and explosive jumping ability to produce 23 points and10 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass.

3 - Cliff Alexander: Coach Bill Self said before Friday’s practice that Alexander would get his first start the next day, but he played his way out of that in practice and came off the bench. Produced 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes.

4 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Did a nice job of driving and dishing on his way to 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal. Made 2 of 5 three-pointers.

5 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Has made 7 of his last 14 three-pointers after starting the season 4 of 18. Scored all 11 of his points in 12 first-half minutes, during which he made 3 of 4 three-point shots.

6 - Hunter Mickelson: Active big man followed terrific week of practice with by far his best effort for Kansas in his most extensive playing time. Had eight points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 17 minutes. Had four offensive rebounds.

7 - Jamari Traylor: His two best games of the season have been his last two since coming off a suspension. Dominated the offensive glass, where he picked up six of his seven boards. Also scored 11 points and had a blocked shot and a steal. Has averaged 12 points and six rebounds the past two games.

8 - Perry Ellis: Limited to 12 minutes and finished with four points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. “He didn’t feel well today,” coach Bill Self said. “Something wasn’t right.”

9 - Brannen Greene: Missed weights so he didn’t get into the game until the second half. Played six minutes and hit a three-pointer from the left corner.

10 - Landen Lucas: Scoreless with one rebound in six minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Perry Ellis - 78

Cliff Alexander - 78

Frank Mason III - 76

Wayne Selden Jr. - 73

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 54

Jamari Traylor - 45

Brannen Greene - 43

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 39

Devonté Graham - 39

Landen Lucas - 36

Hunter Mickelson - 12

Comments

Bernard Gregory 3 years, 8 months ago

Is this the 1st time Frank has been #1 on the ratings.

Ian Emerson 3 years, 7 months ago

Amazing that Frank leads the team in 3 point percentage.

Erich Hartmann 3 years, 7 months ago

And Connor Frankamp likely saw this 3pt% improvement by Mason in practice...and along with much-improved decision-making to go with Mason's athleticism and power, at 190lbs, there was little CF could do to compete. Similar argument vs. Graham, who drew rave reviews very early (accurate 3gunner, driver, defender, 6ft2...).

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