Aldrich beats out Marcus Morris for No. 1


1. Cole Aldrich: Had 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.

2. Marcus Morris: Talk about effort. In the span of nine seconds, Morris totaled three offensive rebounds, two missed shots and a basket that put KU up 67-60 with 2:38 left in overtime.

3. Brady Morningstar: Had some beautiful passes early and finished with six points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

4. Sherron Collins: Made just 6 of 17 field goals and did not make any of his five three-point shots.

5. Tyrel Reed: Made the only three-point shot he took.

6. Markieff Morris: Has a higher three-point percentage (.636) than free-throw percentage (.568).

7. Tyshawn Taylor: Wild drive to the hoop and shot hard off the glass came seven seconds into the shot clock while protecting a three-point lead with less than three minutes left.

8. Thomas Robinson: Picked up a rebound and a steal in three minutes and on this night, those three minutes were needed because of how gassed the altitude-sapped regulars felt.

9. Xavier Henry: In Big 12 play, Henry is averaging 7.7 points and shooting .288 from the field. He played 17 minutes without scoring a field goal in this one and did not stand out defensively.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Sherron Collins (175 points)
2. Cole Aldrich (167 points)
3. Marcus Morris (150 points)
4. Xavier Henry (130 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (116 points)
6. Markieff Morris (100 points)
7. Tyrel Reed (86 points)
8. Thomas Robinson (70 points)
9. Brady Morningstar (68 points)
10. Elijah Johnson (56 points)
11. C.J. Henry (21 points)
12. Jeff Withey (10 points)

The Keegan Ratings: Big 12 Standings
1. Marcus Morris (53 points)
T2. Sherron Collins (50 points)
T2. Cole Aldrich (50 points)
4. Brady Morningstar (42 points)
5. Tyshawn Taylor (29 points)
6. Tyrel Reed (27 points)
7. Xavier Henry (26 points)
8. Markieff Morris (24 points)
9. Thomas Robinson (14 points)
10. Jeff WIthey (9 points)
11. Elijah Johnson (6 points)

Notes: C.J. Henry, though he is a walk-on, will be included in the Keegan Ratings.


KGphoto 12 years, 3 months ago

I had great seats for this one. Almost able to vomit all the way onto the court.

If we'd have missed one more free throw, I woulda made it.

jayhawker97 12 years, 3 months ago

Marcus played like it's his last game! he's the key KU player in OT. i'd put him as #1 - he did just about everything down the stretch.

Dirk Medema 12 years, 3 months ago

2-7 (FT's) does not = #1

Cole is the reason there was an OT and deserves #1.

Dr_Roach 12 years, 3 months ago

I too would give it to Marcus, with Cole a very close 2nd but this one is debatable.

James Miller 12 years, 3 months ago

It is debatable, but Cole deserved it. If Marcus would have had that same energy during regulation, then the game would not have been close. Our bigs our playing great. Now they have to learn to pass out of the triple team and hit open jump shooters.

fansincewilt 12 years, 3 months ago

Marcus Morris will take over the ratings next year for sure. This guy could go down as one of the all-time great Jayhawk player if we get to keep him all four years. He and Kief will be the glamor of the game next year. His ability to go outside and then back inside will be a difficult stop for any team. If he works just as hard on his game this off-season as last, he will be the Big 12 player of the year next year. I can't remember ever seeing a more improved player in the space of just one year. This guy is going to be a very good basketball player. It looks like he is getting the green light to shoot that three. I think I would rather see he or Reed taking that shot than any other. I think his Big 12 play this year has been a shock to many.

kusayzone 12 years, 3 months ago

Marcus couldnt play this way the whole game because he had 2 quick fouls in the first half! HCBS knew the power of COLE and made sure the big man was on the court! I dont think X should not be on the bottom of the list. I remember some nice drives and assists, and when Cole is out of the game, X becomes a rebounder! This should be renamed the Keegan Offensive Ratings...... or maybe the Offensive Keegan Ratings. It seems scoring is the criteria for rankings.

Celtic10 12 years, 3 months ago

Tyshawn took an ill-advised run at the hoop late (even Bill Rafferty was asking where are you going Tyshawn) -- but besides that he played pretty damn good... Defense was there; good angles on entry passes; hit his shots... but he is damned for making a bonehead move - perhaps deservedly so.. Meanwhile Sherron Collins took several AWFUL shots at important times, bad turnovers and got burnt on D - yet you continue to blow him...
Brady Morningstar took awful shots and got beat on D -- and I don't know who he's paying at the scorekeepers table - but boxscore says 1 turnover?? I don't think so... Both of those guys had multiple airballs last night. Tyrel Reed - who's job it is to shoot - took one shot in 20+ minutes???? Yet somehow Ty is rated 7??

Kye Clark 12 years, 3 months ago

Celtic - I too thought Tyshawn played pretty well. Kinda shows how biased Keegan is when the only thing he writes about the guy is that one play. Also, I don't know if this is a goof in the stats or what, but Brady was listed as only having one turnover, but I remember two of them. One time on a 2 on 1 fast break he threw it right to the opposing player, and on another play his post feed led Aldrich way too far and it went out of bounds. Maybe Cole was credited with the turnover since he somehow managed to get a hand on it, but the announcers were even commenting on how Brady went up to Cole and said "my fault". And I don't know if anyone noticed, but Tyrel was getting beat on defense all night. Drop Tyrel behind Tyshawn & 'Keiff and then the order would be right.

Drew Alan 12 years, 3 months ago

We almost lost this game because of missed free throws, and Kieff and Marcus were a combined 5 of 16 from the line. Marcus was on his way to a terrible game before he FINALLY showed up during overtime and carried us to victory. Marcus had ONE rebound in regulation. ONE REBOUND IN 25 MINUTES FOR OUR POWER FORWARD. He finally played with some effort and energy in overtime. Cole played solid throughout the game, and could have had a better point scoring night if not for at least 3 botched post feeds down the stretch.

Check my grades to see if you agree more/less than you do with Keegan...

justanotherfan 12 years, 3 months ago

I have no problem with the order per se, but if we are going to criticize Tyshawn for his ill advised drive with us protecting a 3 point lead, where is the criticism for Brady's turnover on the press break late in regulation. That play cost us a chance to get some separation and probably finish them off without overtime. That was as bad a turnover as you can have in that situation. He could have pulled the ball back out if he didn't have a play, or made a better pass (i.e., not right into the defender's chest), or finished the play himself. I don't know if that drops him down a spot, but it definitely should be mentioned in his analysis, because that was a big play.

BTW, if I were an opposing team and I saw KU put a lineup of Collins, Morningstar and Reed on the floor, I would press and take the ball out of Collins' hands. In the last two years, we have rarely had good possessions when that happens. That either has to get solved or we can't play that group together.

Steve Brown 12 years, 3 months ago

Love SC but #4 is too high for this game for him.

Cole played as expected left it all on the court,.#2 for me.

Marcus, sans FT, rose to the occasion above his normal effort. for me MM was #1. in Light's ratings.

Kye Clark 12 years, 3 months ago

justanotherfan - agreed! celtic10 pointed it out first and I had noticed when looking at the box score last night, how does Brady have one turnover? I'd forgotten about the press break turnover, to me that brings his total to at least 3. And I'm not sure if airballs count as turnovers (assuming the opposing team gains possession), but if they do, that's 4.

Lacy Mohler 12 years, 3 months ago

Collins had his 30 sec. last night. He drove to the hoop, made the shot and missed the free throw. In Keegan's eyes that is usually enough to place him #1 and put him at the top of the Wooden award list.

KU looked spent most of the game last night. I wondered (at the time not in hind sight) when we had the good lead mid-1st half why Self didn't put EJ, Withey, etc in for a minute or two just to give some guys a little more rest. What difference would it have made if KU lost the lead because of subs giving the starters some rest or because Collins saw the lead as a chance to start popping jump shots early in the clock just to show the pro scouts his razzle dazzle?

I don't think there is a way to rate the players in last night's game. Cole was #1 in regulation and Marcus was #1 in OT and then there were those other guys with a good play or two.

Phogie 12 years, 3 months ago

Hi Tom. Beside showing the points for everyone, can you show the number of times each player got a #1?

Christopher Johnson 12 years, 3 months ago

hawksincewilt and drgnslayr . . . I agree, but I highly doubt he'll be around next year. I bet by the end of the year, the pros will be druelling over Marcus more than anybody on our team.

Christopher Johnson 12 years, 3 months ago

Just looked at the nba stock watch. I'm surprised to see Marcus not on any sites . . . so maybe I stand corrected! He's just been such a beast the past three weeks, so I guess I've already forgotten about his lackluster play in the past. Man, I wish Markieff would start playing some inspired basketball. He looked better than Marcus the first few games . . . lack of focus?

TxJyHwk 12 years, 3 months ago

The other issue with Marcus (re: turning pro) - would he leave for the pros without Markieff?

86finalfour 12 years, 3 months ago

86finalfour (anonymous) says... Jay Bilas, ESPN:

" " A great college basketball team." You may have heard me say it and say it many times. And you may think it sounds unkind and trivializing. But it is not. And it happens to be true.

There are no "great" teams in college basketball this season. And there is only one team that has a chance to reach "great team" status before the end of the season, and that team is Kansas. "

Calling Xavier Henry....Xavier Henry!!!!

markster956 12 years, 3 months ago

Disagree on X not standing out defensively...I remember atleast 4 times where his man was wide open for a 3 and another couple of times that he got burned on the first step as teh guy drove towards teh basket.

fansincewilt 12 years, 3 months ago

I agree with txjyhawk that Marcus will wait at least one more year for Markief. They have a high probable chance of starting together on the greatest college basketball team of all-time. Actually,in a few years that will be true. The Morris twins will be big news in college basketball. Last year I didn't see it. This year it is becoming obvious. They will be unstoppable next year. But who will be the point guard. If Henry goes, Little and Releford are ready along with Morningstar and Reed. I am worried about the #1 position. Other than that I see another Big 12 championship and extended run in the NCAA. Self is a magician.

Kye Clark 12 years, 3 months ago

86finalfour - mix it up a little bro. This is the third article I've seen you post that exact same thing. I got it!

Kye Clark 12 years, 3 months ago

fansincewilt - well we'll have TT and EJ, one of those guys will run the point. My preference is for EJ. I like TT, but he plays too fast to run the team on a consistent basis. It is a bit of a concern, but I think that's only because we have been so spoiled with Sherron, maybe the best point guard to ever play here. Think about when Aaron Miles left, and we went through the growing pains of establishing a new point guard. Mario Chalmers floundered there, and Russell Robinson was coming off of a very lackluster freshman campaign. I'd say that all worked out, as I'm sure this will as well.

fansincewilt 12 years, 3 months ago

Whatever happens - the future looks very good for the Jayhawks for several years to come.

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