Selden stays hot, tops ratings vs. K-State
1 - Wayne Selden: He’s playing like a guy whose confidence is soaring. He again cited the confidence shown him by his coach and teammates, who repeatedly reminded him they want him to become a big scorer. He nailed a three from the top of the key in the final seconds of the first half to go into the locker room with 14 of his 20 points. He added four rebounds and three assists. He made 7 of 10 shots and 3 of 5 three-pointers. Two games into Big 12 play, Selden is averaging 22 points and shooting .592 from the field and .533 from beyond the three-point semicircle.
2 - Andrew Wiggins: Was the best player on the floor during a second half in which he scored 17 of his 22 points, had four offensive rebounds and a memorable throw-back jam along with making 3 of 4 three-point shots. Wiggins also did a nice job on Kansas State freshman Marcus Foster, limited to seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.
3 - Joel Embiid: Was ejected from the game for throwing an elbow. Made the most of his 19 minutes with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Kansas State let him take the straight-away jumper from a couple of feet behind the free-throw line, as did San Diego State. He decided to shoot this time and opened the game making a 17-footer and later hit a three-pointer, the first of his career. “You gotta give up something,” Weber said. “If you go out on him, they’ll swing it and get an (isolation) in the post. You gotta have a game plan and go with it.”
4 - Perry Ellis: Hit the offensive boards, three of his five coming at that end. He’s tough to stop from scoring when he does that. Had 12 points, a block and a steal and didn’t turn it over.
5 - Naadir Tharpe: Shot poorly (1 of 7, 0 for 5 from three) and in some cases a little too eagerly, but did a terrific job of playing fast, penetrating well and consistently setting up teammates. Had nine assists and didn’t have a single turnover.
6 - Tarik Black: Played a terrific game on the floor at the same time as Jamari Traylor. They played with excellent chemistry together, setting each other up for easy buckets. In 15 minutes, Black blocked two shots and totaled four points and four rebounds.
7 - Jamari Traylor: Totaled six points, three rebounds an assist and a blocked shot in 16 minutes. He and Black played with high energy and loud confidence.
8 - Frank Mason: Pressured the ball well and took good care of the ball until throwing careless behind-the-back pass in final minute. Did a nice job of penetrating and would have had more than two points had he not missed a layup. Steadily becoming a better passer.
9 - Conner Frankamp: Played just five minutes, but it was a very comfortable five minutes. He hit the only shot he took, a three-pointer that set the crowd on fire.
10 - Brannen Greene: Made two free throws and grabbed a rebound, playing just the final minute of the game.
11 - Justin Wesley: Also played just the final minute.
Joel Embiid 141
Perry Ellis 134
Andrew Wiggins 133
Wayne Selden Jr. 112
Frank Mason 104
Naadir Tharpe 104
Jamari Traylor 80
Tarik Black 65
Andrew White III 50
Conner Frankamp 35
Brannen Greene 34
Landen Lucas 31
Justin Wesley 7