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Wayne Selden Jr. steps up in Big 12 semifinal

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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) lays in two of his 20 points in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) lays in two of his 20 points in the Jayhawk’s 62-52 win over Baylor in the semi-final of the Big 12 Tournament Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. by Richard Gwin

1 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Missed his only two three-point shots, but more importantly, he made 7 of 7 inside the three-point semi-circle. He consistently drove hard to the hoops and drew whistles. Finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

2 - Perry Ellis: Hit an early three and played well in many ways until limping off the court, never to return. Coach Bill Self said he expects Ellis to be fine for today’s Big 12 tournament title game. Played 26 minutes and totaled 11 points and six rebounds.

3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Not nearly as dynamic as in the quarterfinal victory vs. TCU, Oubre had a good defensive game and contributed nine points, five boards, an assist and a steal. 

4 - Frank Mason III: Couldn’t get anything to drop early but came on late with a big steal and scored all eight of his points in the second half. Took one bad shot when he could have dumped it inside to Ellis. Had four assists, two steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes. 

5 - Hunter Mickelson: Played just six minutes, but looked comfortable against Baylor’s big bodies and made his presence felt defensively. Totaled two points, two steals and two blocked shots.

6 - Landen Lucas: Totaled four points, six rebounds, two blocked shots in 25 valuable minutes.

7 - Devonté Graham: Turned it over twice in 11 minutes, which is the main reason he didn’t get on the court for longer. Made 2 of 3 shots and scored four points.

8 - Brannen Greene: Hit a three-point shot from the left corner, breaking a string of 15 consecutive misses. Strangely, he sometimes freezes for an instant before turning to run the other way in making transition from offense to defense and even from defense to offense at times. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

9 - Jamari Traylor: Made just 1 of 4 free throws and missed both shots from the field, but he five rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III - 249

Perry Ellis - 226

Wayne Selden Jr. - 207

Kelly Oubre Jr. - 197

Cliff Alexander - 170

Jamari Traylor - 140

Brannen Greene - 135

Devonté Graham - 118

Landen Lucas - 117

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 92

Hunter Mickelson - 48

No Selection - 10

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

For full disclosure tho, Wayne needs to do something about his FT's. Would have finished with several more than he got if he were just bad, but still good to see the better effort all around - well except for a few of those transitions.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

They also need to change the way assists are given out also. Lucas should have about a half dozen for sealing the big in the middle of the zone to spring the guards free for dunks (early) and Mason's layup (late).

Jonathan Briles 4 years, 6 months ago

I think its time Traylor and Hunter switched minutes. Hunter has delivered great minutes lately and Traylor has really slumped. Plays only six minutes and gets 2 points 2 steals 2 blocks and a rebound. What does Traylor really bring except high energy and a decent passing game when playing a zone? Traylor has not been bringing his usual energy and without that he is just not that great. Hunter has a softer offensive touch and much better blocking and rebounding ability. I will admit that ISU is probably not the team for Hunter. A little too athletic and quick for him, but when the tournament comes I would like to see him in there a lot more.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

It seems that Jamari's head is his own worst enemy. If he gets a bad or cheap foul early, then it seems to effect the rest of his game. I think he had 2 moving screen fouls yesterday - 1 early and 1 late.

That being said, you know coach sees and loves energy, positioning, passing, and all those non-statistical aspects of the game so much more than we ever do. I think he has also commented on getting stuck in player usage patterns. It has been good to see Hunter getting more minutes, but also being more effective in those minutes than he was earlier in the year. It would be nice if there was a quickness pill he could take, because MacKay would likely eat him alive.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

Hunter doesn't move well on offense, doesn't have soft hands (he bobbles the ball a lot), and doesn't make good passes. Traylor has developed into a better all around player than Mickelson.

Doug Merrill 4 years, 6 months ago

Hard to understand why Mickelson is ranked above Lucas, given these descriptions...

5 - Hunter Mickelson: Played just six minutes, but looked comfortable against Baylor’s big bodies and made his presence felt defensively. Totaled two points, two steals and two blocked shots.

6 - Landen Lucas: Totaled four points, six rebounds, two blocked shots in 25 valuable minutes.

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