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Andrew Wiggins is KU's top player vs. Texas (and probably the best in the Big 12)

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Soared way above the rim on his three dunks, played terrific defense and made 3 of 5 three-point shots on his way to 21 points. Once the game had turned into a blowout, Wiggins let others take the shots. Outscored Texas 15-2 by himself during a six-minute, first-half run. He’s playing with far more confidence than earlier in the season and clearly is the most deserving candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year honors.

2 - Joel Embiid: Still playing with a sore back, Embiid totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and six blocked shots in 21 minutes. His throw-back, one-handed dunk will be shown on the big board for years.

3 - Wayne Selden: Played a terrific game and had the stats across the board to show for it. Had eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot without turning it over once. His best work was done on the defensive end.

4 - Frank Mason: Effectively applied pressure to Isaiah Taylor and played a terrific game at the other end as well, making 6 of 7 field goals, including 2 of three three-point shots.

5 - Tarik Black: The two top freshmen are not the only one-year Kansas players who have hustled their way into crowd-favorite status. On an amazing play that drew a huge ovation, Black’s right arm kept extending until it got all the way to the hoop and he dropped it in from so far away it didn’t look possible for him to get his arm all the way there. He followed that up with a slam on a lob from Jamari Traylor.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Played a much better defensive game and dished five assists with two turnovers. Rough shooting night (1 for 9 overall, 0 for 5 from three) resulted in just two points.

7 - Conner Frankamp: Had five points, two assists and a rebound without turning it over in eight minutes. Looked good taking it all the way to the hoop for a bucket and made 1 of 3 three-point shots. 

8 - Jamari Traylor: Active. That’s what the team needs him to be and that’s what he was. He was summoned early to replace Perry Ellis because Texas targeted Ellis by throwing it inside to Jonathan Holmes. Traylor played him better than Ellis did, even though Holmes had a strong game. Traylor scored just two points, but added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

9 - Perry Ellis: Was the only player who didn’t have a strong defensive game. He played 19 minutes and contributed eight points and two rebounds.

10 - Andrew White: Picked up three points and a rebound in three minutes.

11 - Justin Wesley: Hustled his way to three rebounds in three minutes.

12 - Brannen Greene: Played three minutes, lost the handle on his dribble, but regained it before turning it over. Needs to be less sloppy with the ball, but his shooting touch and size make him a potential March contributor.

13 - Landen Lucas: Took and missed one shot in three minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 238

Joel Embiid 228

Perry Ellis 220

Wayne Selden Jr. 201

Naadir Tharpe 186

Frank Mason 177

Jamari Traylor 148

Tarik Black 132

Brannen Greene 70

Andrew White III 63

Conner Frankamp 60

Landen Lucas 48

Justin Wesley 15

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Comments

Margaret Schadler 7 months, 1 week ago

Please top referring to Embiid as one and done. It is his decision to make, and I hope he takes another year at least to get his body ready for the battering it will take in the NBA.

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Joseph Leon 7 months, 1 week ago

And even with Wiggins, he needs to stay a year to work on his leadership skills. Other than the excitement of college b-ball, leadership training is the one thing that college ball offers over the NBA. If he was already team leader as a frosh, that would be one thing. But he isn't yet (unless he assumes the leadership role in the tournament), and if he leaves after one year, he will never have the chance to be the leader of his peers for years to come.

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Robert Brock 7 months, 1 week ago

Perhaps Wigs and Joel will stay all four years and get lousy office jobs paying thirty grand with feeble benefit packages. Really.

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Joseph Leon 7 months, 1 week ago

exactly what i suggest. also, after graduation, they should do the office jobs for free while people cheer them on because its more fun when you do it for the pure love of the work.

but seriously, i'm just talking about maximizing their NBA career and total earnings, not just their first contract. I'm sure Bill Self fills them in on it, and they're not depending on me for advice.

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Joel Teply 7 months, 1 week ago

Not sure if any single play will top Tarik's slam. I don't think the bench can take witnessing another

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