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Josh Jackson tops ratings vs. Baylor

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Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) rejects a shot from Baylor guard Al Freeman (25) during the first half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) rejects a shot from Baylor guard Al Freeman (25) during the first half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Josh Jackson: He’s getting better and he was awfully good in the first place. His sixth double-double and second in a row against a top 4 team included 23 points and 10 rebounds. Had two blocked shots in the first half. Pump-fake, drive and two-hand slam broke 64-64 tie and Kansas never trailed.

2 - Frank Mason: Played phenomenal defense at the end and drove to the lane so relentlessly to draw fouls, more than making up for an off shooting night. Made just 3 of 12 shots and 1 of 3 3-pointers, but was 12 for 12 from the line, had four rebounds, three steals, six assists and just two turnovers in 38 minutes. In a word, he’s a winner.

3 - Devonte’ Graham: Strong game on his way to 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field and 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

4 - Landen Lucas: All five of his points came in the second half, as did 7 of 11 rebounds.

5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 3 of 5 3-pointers and is shooting .423 on the season on them. Scored 11 points and is averaging 10.6.

6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Set up beautifully by Mason for an easy bucket and blocked two shots in a productive five minutes.

7 - Dwight Coleby: Scoreless in six minutes, he was made a couple of defensive mistakes, but he also had six rebounds.

8 - Lagerald Vick: Missed all four shots, including two 3-pointers, in a scoreless 14 minutes.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) goes into the seats trying to save a ball during the first half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) goes into the seats trying to save a ball during the first half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

SEASON STANDINGS

1- Frank Mason - 199
2 - Josh Jackson - 184
3 - Devonte’ Graham - 181
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk - 138
5 - Landen Lucas - 132
6 - Lagerald Vick - 115
7 - Carlton Bragg - 96 (suspended indefinitely)
8 - Udoka Azubuike - 48 (out for season)
9 - Mitch Lightfoot - 39
10 - Dwight Coleby - 38

Comments

Ben Kane 8 months, 3 weeks ago

you can really see josh growing up. two foul calls against him yesterday and he was unhappy with both but he just smiled and played on. he's going to be scary good by march.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Its been really fun to see the development of our freshmen phenoms the last few years. I think that was one of the knocks on Bill Self prior to Wiggins and Embiid - that his development of one-and-done type talent was weak compared to the Calapari's of the world.

Josh is certainly making a strong case for being the top freshmen in the country! RC

Joe Joseph 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Was it Self's ability (or perceived lack thereof) to develop/coach OAD talent, or has Calipari simply had the opportunity to coach more, REALLY GOOD OAD talents?

You look at some of those guys that came through UK: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Towns... Those guys are all bonafide NBA superstars. Embiid is that type of guy. Wiggins is close. Jackson probably will be as well. But Henry, Selby, Alexander, Diallo? None of those guys will be NBA all-stars. That's not Self's fault... Those guys just lack the athleticism/skill/drive to be superstars at the next level.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 8 months, 3 weeks ago

That's a valid question. Certainly Calipari has had more than his fair share of McDonald All Americans, so a good percentage of those will pan out to be superstars regardless of the coach.
But a potential recruit may have looked at Henry, Selby, Alexander, Diallo, etc. and seen HCBS as 0-4 in that area and may have seen Calipari as the safer choice. Regardless, now that should be a moot point.

Pius Waldman 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I do not know if your name is plastered on websites that shares accusations of wrong doing might effect how you play but the last player evaluation you have might be an example to judge. I'm hoping his next game might get his rating much higher.

Armen Kurdian 8 months, 3 weeks ago

What's it say to Carlton Bragg that the team just beat two Top-5 teams w/o his help?

Joe Joseph 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm interested to see if JJ can keep this streak of phenomenal play going. He could potentially play himself into first-team All-American status along with BIFM, who would have to play his way out of it.

Savages!!

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