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.
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