Devonte' Graham tops ratings in season-opener
1 - Devonte' Graham: Whistled a beauty of a no-look, one-handed pass off the dribble from mid-court to Svi Mykhailiuk under the hoop for the most memorable of his 12 assists. Also had 10 points and fell three rebounds shy of a triple-double. Didn't score a point in the second half and still was the most influential player on the floor. Primed for a terrific senior year.
2 - Lagerald Vick: Made some really nice plays, scoring and passing, during his time playing in the middle of Tennessee State's zone. Made 4 of 7 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points and had five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Needs to cut down on turnovers (four).
3 - Marcus Garrett: Started in place of Malik Newman and didn't look the least bit out of place in contributing 10 pounds and 10 rebounds. Had just one of KU's 20 turnovers.
4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 3 of 6 3-pointers and totaled 15 points and five rebounds.
5 - Udoka Azubuike: Played 30 minutes and showed the wear and tear of that in the second half. Still holds the ball too long in the post when a scoring opportunity doesn't present itself, but he's a load to try to defend. Totaled 13 points, six rebound and two blocked shots.
6 - Malik Newman: Getting bumped from the starting lineup seemed to elicit the intended response. Newman brought fire off the bench, hitting the first shot of his Kansas career, a 3-pointer from the right corner, and following that up with a hard, under-control drive to the hoop in transition for two more points. Rest of night didn't always go as smoothly, but he did contribute 12 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot to go with four turnovers.
7 -Mitch Lightfoot: Had six points, five boards, three blocked shots, a steal, four turnovers and four personal fouls. He makes mistakes, but they're always mistakes of aggression.