Marcus Garrett takes top spot in KUsports.com ratings after tough loss to Duke
1 – Marcus Garrett – Easily KU’s best player in this one, Garrett was efficient on offense — five assists and two turnovers — and his usual lockdown self on defense. His 5-of-13 shooting night wasn’t the prettiest, but even that was the product of a player who was forcing the action and trying to attack the Duke defense.
2 – David McCormack – Another ugly shooting line (2-of-7) did not erase an otherwise solid night. Starting in the 4 spot for the second game in a row, McCormack added 13 rebounds and six points to go along with two steals and a blocked shot. He misfired on a few jumpers, turned it over three times himself and still looked a little overmatched defending the perimeter. But all in all it was a decent first step in his sophomore season.
3 – Udoka Azubuike – He has to get more than four shots, but some of that is on his teammates. Azubuike was active all night and grabbed eight points and eight rebounds. His four turnovers were a problem, but he dished four assists and even hit two of the three free throws he attempted.
4 – Ochai Agbaji – He started out great and was a key part of the Jayhawks’ 14-0 second-half run that put them up by nine. But, strangely, Agbaji was at his worst in transition, where he suffered many of his five turnovers and missed a few opportunities to get Kansas easy points.
5 – Devon Dotson – One assist and six turnovers isn’t what you want to see from your point guard. Still, Dotson’s ability to drive to the rim at will helped keep KU in this one. In 38 minutes, he hit five of nine shots but missed his first three 3-pointers. The only one that went in was the bank shot at the buzzer that did not matter.
6 – Tristan Enaruna – The lone freshman who played double digit minutes had a solid debut for the Jayhawks. Enaruna tallied five points and grabbed two rebounds on 2-of-3 shooting, but impacted the game much more than those numbers suggest. The Jayhawks have something here and it would not be a surprise to see his minutes increase from 16 to much higher sooner rather than later.
7 – Silvio De Sousa – De Sousa’s junior debut was one to forget. He struggled at the 4, did only marginally better when playing the 5 and played just eight minutes, grabbing four rebounds and scoring three points, all on free throws.
8 – Christian Braun – Missed his only shot and fouled twice. Tough night — and place — to break into college basketball. He’ll get better from here.
9 – Jalen Wilson – Logged just two minutes and had a foul, a turnover and a quick-trigger missed jumper.
1 – Marcus Garrett – 9
2 – David McCormack – 8
3 – Udoka Azubuike – 7
4 – Ochai Agbaji – 6
5 – Devon Dotson – 5
6 – Tristan Enaruna – 4
7 – Silvio De Sousa – 3
8 – Christian Braun – 2
9 – Jalen Wilson – 1