AMES, IOWA — After Kansas won, 83-77, at Iowa State, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham credited the Jayhawks for getting back on track, with the help of guards Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick.
“It was a good bounce-back win. It’s not easy to win here,” Graham said before leaving Hilton Coliseum. “And we had guys step up and make huge plays, and just contributing and doing the little things to help us win.”
The Jayhawks had all five starters in double figures versus the Cyclones, as they scored more than 80 points for the first time since Jan. 9 (also against ISU).
“Coach was on us at practice about guys passing up open shots and stuff like that,” Graham said. “So he just wanted everybody to be aggressive looking for their shot, and I felt like that’s what we did.”
Following his team’s 84-79 home loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham said the defeat felt even worse because it came on the day dozens of former players returned to celebrate the program’s 120-year history.
“You want to win and play for them guys, because they built this,” Graham said. “Everything we’ve got, we’re living is because of them. So you wanted to get the ‘W’ for them.”
Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham shares his thoughts on the news would-be freshman forward Billy Preston has decided to play professionally in Bosnia.
Plus, Graham explains what he saw out of sophomore guard Malik Newman down the stretch, and why second-half baskets were so hard to come by for much of the 70-67 victory over Baylor.
In a battle of current and former Kansas basketball players, the young legs of the 2017-18 Jayhawks prevailed in a first-to-80 scrimmage in front of Bill Self campers Wednesday afternoon.
Watch some of the baskets from KU’s Udoka Azubuike, Devonte’ Graham, Mitch Lightfoot, Malik Newman, Sam Cunliffe and Lagerald Vick, who helped Self’s current roster prevail, 82-75.
Tulsa, Okla. — After Kansas moved on to the Sweet 16 by beating Michigan State, 90-70, at BOK Center Sunday night, junior Devonte’ Graham said the Jayhawks were difficult to stop because he, Frank Mason III and Josh Jackson were all producing.
“It’s hard to focus in on all of us at one time, because we all can do so much, and make plays off the dribble, we can shoot it, Josh can play inside-out,” Graham said. “And then Landen (Lucas) down low and then you get Dwight (Coleby) coming off playing like that, so it’s definitely hard to guard.”
Graham also said the Jayhawks (30-4) hope to use their recent loss in Kansas City, Mo., at Sprint Center this week as a reminder and motivator before they face Purdue on Thursday night.