Andrew Wiggins' career night at TCU lands him at top of ratings
1 - Andrew Wiggins: Scored six more points (19) in the first half than the entire Kansas team did in the first half last year and needed just eight shots to do it. Finished with career-high 27 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Usually on the other end of lob plays, Wiggins set up Jamari Traylor with a beauty.
2 - Joel Embiid: Fouled out in 19 minutes, time enough to do plenty of damage against the undermanned, undersized Horned Frogs. Totaled 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, one of them from out of nowhere.
3 - Wayne Selden: Had 12 points, four assists, no turnovers, a block and a steal. Fed Wiggins with a perfect lob and generally played well in every facet of the game.
4 - Perry Ellis: Made plenty shots more difficult than they needed to be and missed them from close range. Made just 2 of 8 shots, but had a career-high 14 rebounds and made all four free throws.
5 - Frank Mason: He’s a 5-foot-11 enforcer born to wear boxing gloves, a football helmet and a point guard’s hat. Man, does he go to the hoop strong and close fast. Mix in in-your-face defense and steadily improving ball security and what you have is a terrific combination guard off the bench. Scored six points on 3 of 3 field goals and had an assist without a turnover in 15 minutes.
6 - Brannen Greene: If you’re standing on a railroad track — never a good idea, by the way — and you see his confidence coming down the tracks, good luck trying to get out of the way fast enough. It’s a lot of fun watching a talented athlete come strong out of struggling to adjust to better competition and more complex coaching than he received in high school. Knocked down an oh-so-soft swish from behind the top of the three-point semi-circle, took it hard to the hoop and scored six points with an assist, a steal and a turnover in 10 minutes. He’s developing into quite an offensive weapon off the bench. At one point, when Kansas went to a small lineup, Greene and Wiggins were the forwards. It went smoothly.
7 - Landen Lucas: Hustled so hard wrestling for the ball on the floor that a fight almost broke out. He’s not as fast, quick or explosive as KU’s other post players, but he gives it his all every possession on the floor. Produced seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.
8 - Jamari Traylor: Played 14 minutes, scored eight points and had an offensive rebound. Two quick fouls limited him to two first-half minutes.
9 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t attempt a shot from the field or the line in 20 minutes, but did have four assists and a steal and did not turn it over.
10 - Conner Frankamp: Looks very comfortable, very confident when running the team and shooting three-pointers. Made 1 of 2 long ones, had an assist and didn’t turn it over. Has played 100 minutes and has just three turnovers, impressive for a guy who has the ball in his hands a lot.
11 - Justin Wesley: Played well in front of hometown crowd. Made the most of his four minutes with two rebounds. The box score did not credit him with a blocked shot, but I seem to remember him blocking a shot. Is my memory deceiving me again?
12 - Andrew White: Played just four minutes, long enough to block a shot and gather a rebound. Missed only shot, a three-pointer.
Joel Embiid 177
Andrew Wiggins 165
Perry Ellis 163
Wayne Selden Jr. 138
Naadir Tharpe 135
Frank Mason 131
Jamari Traylor 104
Tarik Black 80
Brannen Greene 51
Andrew White III 51
Conner Frankamp 42
Landen Lucas 37
Justin Wesley 10