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Another big night for Perry Ellis earns sophomore top billing

1 - Perry Ellis: Took eight shots from the field and totaled 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. Showcased a variety of offensive skills, using his strong handle to drive to the hoop, his patient, purposeful, creative footwork to get open shots down low and his soft touch at the line. He made 6 of 8 field goals, 10 of 12 free throws, picked up a steal and didn’t have a single turnover.

2 - Wayne Selden: Coach Bill Self reminded him he made just 12 three-point shots in the non-conference season, a nice way of not only challenging him but giving him a confidence-boost by letting him know he, in no uncertain terms, wants him to become a three-point threat. He certainly was, making 5 of 10 three-point shots. Selden also finished strong at the hoop in transition. Nothing new there. Scored 15 of his career-high 24 points in first 8:14 of game.

3 - Naadir Tharpe: Did a terrific job of getting to the paint to set up teammates for buckets and had a hot shooting night as well. Made 5 of 7 field goals, 2 of 3 three-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws for 17 points. Had three assists and just one turnover.

4 - Conner Frankamp: Ran the team at the end of the first half after Naadir Tharpe picked up his third foul and did so with the poise of a veteran. He looked active on defense — a little too active at times (four fouls) — picked up two big defensive rebounds and hit 2 of 3 shots, 1 of 2 three-pointers. Self told him before the game that he thought this would be a good game for him to play.

5 - Jamari Traylor: Quick, strong, explosive and full of hustle and muscle, Traylor used all of that to contribute 5 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal to more than compensate for 3 turnovers.

6 - Joel Embiid: Played with goggles because of a scratched left eye that resulted in swelling around the eye. Took him a while to get used to playing with impaired vision, but still managed to produce 6 points, 6 rebounds and big blocked shot in the second half.

7 - Andrew Wiggins: Played like a freshman, which, by the way, he is. Took a couple of jumpers early on the clock that anybody could get at any time. With KU trying to protect a late lead, Wiggins took off on a drive with 20 seconds left on shot clock, not a good decision that resulted in his team losing the ball on a held ball. After getting a steal at the other end, he took off and lost the ball out of bounds when there was no reason to do anything but secure the ball. Made 2 of 9 shots and finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

8 - Frank Mason: Deuces were wild: 2 points, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls in 8 minutes.

9 - Tarik Black: Missed a shot at point-blank range and produced 1 rebound, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 5 minutes.

10 - Justin Wesley: Trillion club entry with 1 minute and the rest zeroes.

11 -Brannen Greene: Had an assist and a foul in 5 minutes.

12 - Andrew White: Made cameo appearance.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 132

Perry Ellis 126

Andrew Wiggins 123

Wayne Selden Jr. 101

Frank Mason 100

Naadir Tharpe 97

Jamari Traylor 75

Tarik Black 59

Andrew White III 50

Brannen Greene 32

Conner Frankamp 32

Landen Lucas 31

Justin Wesley 6

Reply 3 comments from Zabudda Jayhawkmarshall Kingfisher

Embiid’s double-double stands out in loss to SDSU

1 - Joel Embiid: Doubled in the post by a pair excellent defenders all game, Embiid attempted just one shot in the first half. For the game, he made 3 of 5 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws. He had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Based on how quickly he picks up everything else and how well he shoots free throws, it probably wouldn’t take him long to gain confidence in a jumper from the free-throw line. The Aztecs gave him that shot all day and he passed it up.

2 - Frank Mason: Hit the two biggest shots of the game, a pair of late three-pointers, the first an open look from the right corner, the second a guarded three from the top of the key. Fumbled the ball away late, but it was his only turnover of the game. Mason always picks up the pace of the game and likes big spots.

3 - Andrew Wiggins: Misfired on all four three-pointers and was guilty of poor shot selection on some. Needed to stick his nose in the scrum a little more aggressively battling for rebounds and on drives to the hoop. Had a few impressive drives, but the ball kept trickling out. Had 14 points and five rebounds.

4 - Naadir Tharpe: Took a guarded three in transition late, a bad decision that marred a performance in which he had five assists without turning it over. He made 2 of 10 shots, 1 of 5 three-pointers. He was a little too quick with the trigger, mistaking that for the kind of aggressiveness KU needs out of him. Finished with a triple half-double (five points, five rebounds, five assists).

5 - Wayne Selden: Had trouble finishing drives and couldn’t hang with the taller Aztecs on the boards. In 26 minutes he contributed six points, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers.

6 - Perry Ellis: Seemed bothered by San Diego State’s length and athleticism and made just 1 of 8 shots from the field and finished with four points, five rebounds nad three blocked shots.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Mixed in two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 18 minutes.

8 - Landen Lucas: Always aggressive, Lucas picked up a blocked shot and offensive rebound in two minutes, but missed both free throws.

9 - Andrew White: Came out of heavy traffic with an offensive rebound, but later missed a wide-open three, which limited his playing time to three minutes.

10 - Tarik Black: Played six scoreless minutes and produced one offensive rebound, one blocked shot, one turnover and two personal fouls.

11 - Justin Wesley: Checked in on defense for the final possession of the first half.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 125

Andrew Wiggins 117

Perry Ellis 114

Frank Mason 95

Wayne Selden Jr. 90

Naadir Tharpe 87

Jamari Traylor 67

Tarik Black 55

Andrew White III 49

Landen Lucas 31

Brannen Greene 30

Conner Frankamp 23

Justin Wesley 3

Reply 1 comment from Jayhawkmarshall

Sophomore’s sensational night earns top grade vs. Toledo

1 - Perry Ellis — A rough hit to the head from a Georgetown player, which resulted in a mild concussion and a bruised nerve in his neck, didn’t keep Ellis from being at his best. He picked up six of his game-high 11 rebounds on the offensive glass and scored 21 points without turning the ball over once. Ellis runs the floor hard, which results in easy buckets and extra rebounds. He even mixed in a three-point shot during his big night and has made 3 of 6 on the year.

2 - Naadir Tharpe — Shook off a rough start and finished with 20 points and eight assists, to go with five turnovers. Tharpe made 4 of 5 three-pointers, boosting his season long-range percentage to .429. Made 7 of 8 field goals and played with strong confidence in every aspect of the game.

3 - Andrew Wiggins — Held Rian Pearson, a 16.6 points-per-game scorer, to 10 points with strong defensive effort. Also scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, but made just 1 of 4 three-pointers.

4 - Joel Embiid — It didn’t seem as if he played one of his stronger games and still he produced 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Also had three turnovers. You have to love how he looks so disappointed in himself when he disappoints his coach. Impressed Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk with his demeanor and talent. The coach summed him up in one word: “Special." Wiggins said of Embiid: “Even when you think he’s not playing good he’s playing good. He affects the game in so many different ways it’s unbelievable.”

5 - Frank Mason — Threaded the needle with beautiful passes ranging from long, on-the-money deliveries, to bounce passes on the fly to a nice lob to Wiggins in transition. Ran the team well during his 23 minutes and had seven assists and one turnover. Fearless competitor.

6 - Wayne Selden, Jr.— Mixed sloppy turnovers with nice post feeds during and up-and-down night. Scored eight points and had three assists and four turnovers, one of which probably should have gone to Tharpe.

7 - Jamari Traylor — Is refining nicely a move that leaves slower defenders helpless. Facing the basket, he ball-fakes left, takes a quick, long stride right, and a couple of bounces is later is going in for an uncontested dunk or layup. In nine productive minutes, he produced four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

8 - Tarik Black — Toledo’s leading scorer on the night, sophomore center Nathan Boothe, scored nine of his 15 points during the seven minutes Black guarded him. Black did produce four points and three offensive rebounds during his seven minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene — Picked up a rebound in five minutes, all of which came in the first half.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 114

Andrew Wiggins 108

Perry Ellis 108

Frank Mason 85

Wayne Selden Jr. 83

Naadir Tharpe 79

Jamari Traylor 62

Tarik Black 53

Andrew White III 46

Brannen Greene 30

Landen Lucas 27

Conner Frankamp 23

Justin Wesley 2

Reply 6 comments from Dirk Medema Table_rock_jayhawk Perses Plasticjhawk

Wiggins’ double-double vs. Florida locks up top spot

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Contributed 26 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. He also drew two fouls on Florida’s leading scorer, Casey Prather, limited to 11 scoreless first-half minutes with Wiggins guarding him. Had four of KU’s 24 turnovers, but on a night the ballhandlers were having difficulty getting into the hands of the shooters, he had to try to make things happen. Was KU’s best scorer, rebounder and defender, competing hard from start to finish.

2 - Jamari Traylor: Always embraces a physical game and the Gators delivered that in the paint. Was in the game late because of it as KU staged a comeback. Traylor had five points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.

3 - Joel Embiid: Phyiscal Florida center Patric Young was a tough matchup for Embiid, a relative newcomer to the game who is susceptible to giving up offensive rebounds. His presence at times made Florida guards think twice about taking it to the hoop. He blocked three shots and did a nice job of staying out of foul trouble so that he could stay on the floor for 30 minutes. Had six points, six boards, two assists, a turnover and a steal.

4 - Brannen Greene: Energized the team with hustle and made a three-point shot, had a key steal late in the game when Kansas was pressing and made both of his free throws. Unforced turnover with 55 seconds left and Kansas trailing it by six, spelled curtains for the Jayhawks, but the effort he showed was good for his development and helped KU’s comeback effort.

5 - Perry Ellis: Self went with Traylor over Ellis at crunch time. The sophomore forward didn’t mix it up underneath to the extent the team needed him to do so against the physical Gators.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Sometimes frustrates his coach by not keeping the ball moving quickly enough and will never be a serious threat as a finisher at the rim, but on a night KU had just 11 assists (24 turnovers), he picked up five assists to go with three turnovers and two points.

7 - Frank Mason: He’s new to the point-guard position and it showed, especially in a first half in which KU had 16 turnovers. Shot the ball better (2 of 3 three-pointers) but had trouble figuring out the best means of attacking Florida’s 1-3-1 zone defense and had a rough night getting the ball to shooters. The team plays faster with him at the point than with Thapre, but this wasn’t his best effort.

8 - Tarik Black: Picked up two rebounds in three minutes but still has trouble hitting shots from close range. He missed both of his attempts, including one uncontested bunny.

9 - Wayne Selden: Turned it over 56 seconds into the second half, was yanked and never appeared in the game again. Played 14 minutes, time enough for four turnovers, four points, one assist, one rebound and a 1-for-4 shooting night.

“It was a tough night for him,” KU coach Bill self said. “He, Perry, and obviously Frank, that was a pretty tough night for those guys. Hopefully they can, and I think they can, they can learn and respond, handle situations better moving forward.”

10 - Andrew White: Accidently knocked the ball out of teammate Joel Embiid’s hands when they both battled for it and didn’t get up a shot in two minutes.

11 - Landed Lucas: Played two minutes and committed a foul.

12 - Conner Frankamp: Played less than a minute.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 88

Joel Embiid 86

Perry Ellis 83

Frank Mason 69

Wayne Selden Jr. 63

Naadir Tharpe 53

Andrew White III 46

Jamari Traylor 45

Tarik Black 38

Brannen Greene 22

Conner Frankamp 20

Landen Lucas 19

Reply 5 comments from Phil Leister Don Frey Ashwingrao Jayhawkmarshall Christopher Johnson