Perry Ellis top Jayhawk in home win vs. Baylor
1 - Perry Ellis: His aggressiveness returned after a brief vacation and he scored 16 of his 18 points and had both of his steals in the second half. He turned a two-point lead into a seven-point one in the span of 21 seconds. Buried a jumper from the left corner, stepped into the passing lane for a steal, took it in for a dunk, was fouled and made the free throw. Taking it up strong, Ellis made 6 of 8 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws and he blocked two shots.
2 - Frank Mason: Did a terrific job of penetrating and was not to be denied attacking the rim. He did a great job of finding teammates after breaking down the defense. Mason made 4 of 5 from the field, 1 of 2 from three, and totaled nine points, six assists, a steal and just one turnover. Mason, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound steel ball of aggressiveness keeps opponents in retreat, teammates in urgency mode.
3 - Andrew Wiggins: Fellow Canadian Brady Heslip made his fourth three-pointer with 8:24 left in the first half. Wiggins started guarding him shortly after that. Heslip didn’t score again until there were less than four minutes remaining in the game. Shaking off a slow start, Wiggins scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and led the team with 17 rebounds.
4 - Joel Embiid: He plays so far above the rim and is impossible to stop when lobs are on target. It wasn’t necessarily one of his better games, but still he finished with 12 points.
5 - Naadir Tharpe: He continues to shoot with confidence and has boosted his three-point percentage to .441. He made 2 of 3 long ones and those were the only shots he took. In his past three games he has made 8 of 11 three-pointers.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Can anyone remember the last time they said, “Why did he take that shot?” after a Traylor shot? He still turns it over, but other than that, his game is rounding into shape. He played 13 minutes in this one, and totaled four points, six rebounds and two turnovers. He again showed he has the ability to score on drives to the hoop. For the season, Traylor is shooting .727 from the field and .806 from the line.
7 - Wayne Selden: His save that resulted in Joel Embiid scoring and Selden sitting on the laps of two Baylor fans was the hustle play of the year for Kansas.
8 - Tarik Black: Sprained his right ankle late in a game in which he delivered two points, a rebound, a blocked shot, a steal and a strong physical presence. After the game, Black said he was fine and wanted to return.
9 - Brannen Greene: Buried a three for the second game in a row and picked up a rebound in four minutes. None of the seven quarterbacks Kansas has used to start football games since the departure of Todd Reesing ever has overthrown an intended receiver as badly as he overthrew one Monday, but overall he’s showing enough progress to believe he’ll be a valuable offensive weapon soon.
10 - Conner Frankamp: Picked up an assist in four minutes, giving him six assists and three turnovers in 90 minutes this season.
Joel Embiid 166
Perry Ellis 154
Andrew Wiggins 153
Naadir Tharpe 131
Wayne Selden Jr. 128
Frank Mason 123
Jamari Traylor 99
Tarik Black 80
Andrew White III 50
Brannen Greene 44
Conner Frankamp 39
Landen Lucas 31
Justin Wesley 8