Aldrich tops final ratings, season standings


After each KU basketball game this season, this is where you can find out the hardwood equivalent of The Nielsen Ratings from Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. He'll rate the Jayhawk scholarship players' individual performances, telling you who was worth tuning in to watch. If you agree or maybe even differ, make sure to comment and tell Tom how you really feel. (Scoring: Each week, the top player in the ratings will be awarded 10 points. Second best gets nine points. Third best gets eight points, and so on and so on. The season standings are at the bottom.)

1. Cole Aldrich: Had 17 points, 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals and was the biggest reason Kansas won the battle of the boards, 37-31. Had trouble covering Goran Suton away from the basket.

2. Sherron Collins: Played poorly in the final minutes defensively, taking care of the ball and missing a free throw, but he and Aldrich kept Kansas in it all the way until then. Made 9 of 13 shots.

3. Tyshawn Taylor: Had eight points and two assists, made all four free throws and turned the ball over three times. Could have been more aggressive offensively.

4. Brady Morningstar: Played well defensively and in the first half turned two steals into jams at the other end, but passed up too many shots in the second half and missed both three-point attempts.

5. Tyrel Reed: Hit just one shot but it was a huge one. His three-pointer from the right corner broke a tie with 4:58 left.

6. Markieff Morris: Took a few bad shots, but battled hard on the boards and made some defensive contributions.

7. Marcus Morris: Didn’t do well enough on the boards to merit more than 14 minutes of playing time.

8. Mario Little: Didn’t defend well enough to play more than seven minutes, which is unfortunate because when others were gun-shy, he likely wouldn’t have been afraid to shoot.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings (total points)
1. Cole Aldrich (302 points)
2. Sherron Collins (301 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (235 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (207 points)
5. Marcus Morris (193 points)
6. Tyrel Reed (184 points)
7. Markieff Morris (169 points)
8. Travis Releford (113 points)
9. Mario Little (110 points)
10. Quintrell Thomas (64 points)
11. Tyrone Appleton (35 points)
The Keegan Ratings: Conference/Postseason Standings (total points)
1. Cole Aldrich (170 points)
2. Sherron Collins (167 points)
3. Tyshawn Taylor (133 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (117 points)
5. Marcus Morris (113 points)
T6. Mario Little (100 points)
T6. Tyrel Reed (100 points)
8. Markieff Morris (97 points)
9. Travis Releford (56 points)
10. Quintrell Thomas (22 points)
11. Tyrone Appleton (16 points)


John Randall 13 years, 4 months ago

These rankings, never blatantly biased, but consistently downplaying the leadership of Sherron, show no surprises. Having only two players who made more than one or two appearances above #3 all season makes it inevitable that the cumulative totals are so close for those two, but I believe that is misleading.
For the team MVP, there is as much difference between SC and CA as there is between them and any other player. Sherron was the most important contributor on the court nearly every time out. No more than 7 or 8 games was another player, Cole included, the biggest factor in our success.
To pretend otherwise raises a big question in my mind over what makes it so hard for Keegan to acknowledge these facts.

jayhawkboogeyman 13 years, 4 months ago

This year, KU was Sherron's team. He took over the team that has the greatest tradition and highest expectations of any school in the county, and he did the best we could have hoped for. He is a little undersized to drive the lane as much as he does; he didn't have the athletes around him who could create their own shot; he came into the season with the shadow of the alleged "elevator" incident, and despite all that, he had the best individual season since Danny Manning. Not since Manning has KU been a one man team, and I could not be more proud of the way Collins represented the tradition. In the game last night, he left it all on the floor. His teammates looked for him to step up, and, despite a harassing defense by MSU, he did everything he could. Ultimately, he failed. But he also showed how much he has grown up, what kind of man he has become at Kansas. I am very proud of Sherron, not just for his individual performance, but for how he helped his teammates mature and how he represented Kansas. Sounds like he will be back next year. Having come from the neighborhood he did, he is a real inspiration, and I hope after he completes his degree and gives Jayhawk nation a blissful 2010 season that he becomes a solid NBA player and gives his son the childhood that Sherron couldn't have even dreamed of.

Hawker1 13 years, 4 months ago

I was shocked when I read that Cole Aldrich was the leader in all scoring and the funny thing is he and Sherron were the ones who carried this team so far in the tournament

janeyb 13 years, 4 months ago

Without the big man in the middle we don't get past the first round of the NCAA tournament. We probably don't win the Big 12 and maybe don't even get into the tournament. Sherron' drives many times depended on Cole to clear for him or rebound. Were the Morris twins ready for any of this? It isn't all about scoring. I go with Cole.

jaybate 13 years, 4 months ago

Aldrich outranking Collins in significance of contribution and excellence of play is of course absurd. Sherron had to carry the team on his back early while Cole found his game, then had to carry the team on his back, while Cole wore the mask and fought through his fear of being mugged again. Cole never had to carry the team on his back for any stretch. And there were many halves of games where Cole entirely disappeared as a factor; this never happened with Sherron. None of this is criticism of Cole. He matured even faster than expected, as Self said. But Sherron was already battle tested and ready; that was why Self assigned the bulk of the shooting to Sherron and not Cole throughout the season. Period.

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