Hot shooting from 3-point range moves Ochai Agbaji to the top of the list after 97-64 rout of Iowa State
1 – Ochai Agbaji — Any one of these top three could’ve claimed the No. 1 spot in this game. But I gave it to Ochai for the red-hot shooting display in the second half that blew the game open. And I put Braun third for that strange lob he threw high off the glass to no one. All three were terrific, though. And they reminded folks, if only for a night, just what KU can look like when they get rolling. Agbaji finished with 19 points, largely thanks to 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range.
2 – Jalen Wilson — His shot took another step forward, he continued to assert himself offensively and he was a beast on the boards again. The guy had a double-double with 18 minutes remaining in the game. He hit 7 of 10 shots to finish with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes.
3 – Christian Braun — You have to love his stat line — 18 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals — and you also have to love that he brought that street fight mentality to the floor for a third consecutive game. If the other two had not been so hot, Braun would’ve easily been considered Braun’s best all-around player in this one.
4 – Bryce Thompson – Played some really good minutes in the first half in his first game back from injury, looking more calm and comfortable than at any point during his first 10 games of the season. It’s likely he’ll only get better and more comfortable from here and that could be a big lift for Kansas. Tallied 8 points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 19 minutes.
5 – Marcus Garrett — Because so many of his teammates played so well, Garrett didn’t have to do much in this one. So he didn’t. Finished with 8 points on 3-of-7 shooting to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assits and 4 steals.
6 – David McCormack — You had to like McCormack’s energy and effort early on. He just still has to find a way to finish in close early in the game. He had five rebounds in the game’s first five minutes (3 offensive) and got opportunity after opportunity. But he kept coming up short. Still, 12 points and 6 boards with 2 blocks in 18 minutes is not going to upset anyone on the KU bench.
7 – Mitch Lightfoot — Right place, right time all night long, and he probably could’ve even scored a little more than he did. Still, he was ready to calm things down inside after McCormack started a little sped up. And numbers don’t show the value of that type of contribution.
8 – Dajuan Harris — Took a back seat to Thompson as Garrett’s primary backup in this one and wound up looking a lot more comfortable when he was in there.
9 – Tyon Grant-Foster – Played mostly in mop-up time, but he 2 of 3 shots (including a 3-pointer) and scored 5 points in 5 minutes.
10 – Latrell Jossell – Drilled a late 3-pointer like he’s been doing it all year. Helped get walk-on Chris Teahan in the stat book with an assist on the play.
11 – Tristan Enaruna — Played 7 minutes and scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting. With Thompson back and everyone else playing so well, he did not get the opportunities he had been getting.
12 – Gethro Muscadin – Played 4 minutes and grabbed 1 rebound in mop-up time.
1 - Ochai Agbaji – 173
2 - Jalen Wilson – 156
3 - Christian Braun – 147
4 - David McCormack – 145
5 - Marcus Garrett - 140
6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 105
7 - Dajuan Harris – 93
8 - Tyon Grant-Foster – 70
9 - Tristan Enaruna – 65
10 - Bryce Thompson – 59~
11 - Latrell Jossell – 13
12 - Gethro Muscadin - 9
~ missed more than a month of the season with back and finger injuries and returned to the lineup on Feb. 11.