Aggressiveness makes Perry Ellis best on court
1 - Perry Ellis: In three games since missing a shot at the rim that would have been a game-winner at West Virginia, Ellis has scored 23, 24 and 28 points. He was at his very best Saturday with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Ellis has become so aggressive of late, attacking off the dribble, throwing down dunks with authority and making it clear who the best player on the court is. He’s played himself into position to win Big 12 Player of the Year honors and he’s done it without a scoring threat playing opposite him in the post.
2 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Has scored 14 points or more in four of his past five games and has averaged 6.6 rebounds in that stretch. He definitely has learned to use his perfect basketball body and athleticism to make things happen near the rim at the both ends. With Cliff Alexander, the team’s best defensive rebounder, sidelined, Oubre grabbed nine defensive boards.
3 - Frank Mason III: Isaiah Taylor is a tough point guard to guard and even though Mason couldn’t keep him out of the paint (nobody can), he made him work hard, pestering him relentlessly. Mason also made sure Kansas didn’t play sloppy. He had just one turnover in 39 minutes to go with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
4 - Landen Lucas: Had five points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.
5 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Still not finishing at the hoop. He made just 1 of 7 shots, but he did a good job of drawing fouls on wild drives to the hoop and made 5 of 6 free throws. Had a big blocked shot in the second half and two steals to go with seven points and three rebounds in 30 minutes.
6 - Jamari Traylor: Had two rebounds and a blocked shot in 11 scoreless minutes.
7 - Brannen Greene: Had a three-pointer from the left corner blocked and once missed an open Ellis on the fast break. Had two points an assist and a rebound in 11 minutes. With defenses more mindful of not losing sight of him, Greene has rushed some shots and has made 2 of 14 three-pointers in the past five games.
8 - Hunter Mickelson: Played five minutes, blocked a shot and was whistled for two fouls.
9 - Devonté Graham: Whistled for two fouls in seven minutes and missed the only shot he took.
10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Played two minutes and produced a rebound and blocked shot.
Frank Mason III - 219
Perry Ellis - 215
Wayne Selden Jr. - 187
Cliff Alexander - 170
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 167
Brannen Greene - 130
Jamari Traylor - 122
Devonté Graham - 101
Landen Lucas - 93
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 83
Hunter Mickelson - 31