Tharpe puts the point in point guard at Iowa State
1 - Naadir Tharpe: Came out on fire and never cooled off. Made 7 of 9 shots form the field, 3 of 4 from three, 6 of 7 free throws and had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists to go with four turnovers. Played with big-time aggressiveness from start to finish.
2 - Andrew Wiggins: His father, former NBA guard Mitchell Wiggins, told him to concentrate on rebounding in one of their daily phone chats, and realizing that father knows best, he did that. When the freshman trains his mind on something, he can reach unbelievable heights. He had a stunning 19 rebounds to go with 17 points.
3 - Joel Embiid: After his down-low dominance at both ends in the second half, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg called him, "the best player in the country." Finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists, two steals and for the second game in a row, one technical. Showed phenomenal footwork.
4 - Wayne Selden: Didn't have his shot working (2 for 7, 1 for 5 from three), but had another impressive passing night and had six assists and just one turnover.
5 - Perry Ellis: Couldn't get his shot to drop (4 of 13) and wasn't at his best against the physical Cyclones. Totaled eight points and six rebounds.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Had rough stretch when he telegraphed a lazy pass that was intercepted and then didn't see the ball when it was passed to the man standing next to him, an easy bucket that could have been prevented with more alert play. But he battled well on the boards, picking up five rebounds.
7 - Tarik Black: Two points, one rebound and five fouls in five minutes. On this night, the fouls were excusable because Kansas needed a player who could show Iowa State wasn't the only team with physical bigs.
8 - Frank Mason: Played aggressively, scored on strong drive to the hoop, missed an open three, defended aggressively and had two points and two fouls to show for nine minutes.
9 - Brannen Greene: The first man off the bench, he went scoreless in four minutes.
10 - Conner Frankamp: Missed a three-pointer one minute into his time on the floor and was sent to bench for rest of night.
11 - Justin Wesley: Played less than a minute.
Joel Embiid 150
Andrew Wiggins 143
Perry Ellis 141
Wayne Selden Jr. 120
Naadir Tharpe 115
Frank Mason 108
Jamari Traylor 86
Tarik Black 70
Andrew White III 50
Conner Frankamp 37
Brannen Greene 37
Landen Lucas 31
Justin Wesley 8