Devonté Graham outstanding as KU beats WVU


Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pushes the ball up the court against West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip during the second half, Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) pushes the ball up the court against West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip during the second half, Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

1 - Devonté Graham: Made his first five three-pointers, attempted just 10 field goals and scored 27 points. Added five rebounds and and four steals. Made 6 of 10 shots, 5 of 6 threes, 10 of 10 free throws. Kansas needed someone to have a huge game to counter the one West Virginia center Devin Williams produced (31 points, 10 rebounds). Was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

2 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Has a knack for showing up in the right place defensively to thwart plans. He also had his three-point touch working, none bigger than the one that fell through the hoop as the shot clock expired. The shot, taken from in front of KU’s bench, gave Kansas an eight-point lead with 2:41 left. Had it missed and West Virginia took it the other way for a bucket, who knows?

3 - Perry Ellis: Scored 17 points and averaged 19.3 points for the tournament. Made 5 of 11 field goals and 7 of 7 free throws.

4 - Frank Mason III: Questionable for the game because of a bruised left (top) foot, Mason decided to give it a try after it felt “decent,” in warmups. He played 38 minutes. Had seven assists and just two turnovers against West Virginia’s relentless pressure.

5 - Landen Lucas: Fouled out in 24 minutes and totaled six points and seven rebounds. Couldn’t contain West Virginia’s Devin Williams (31 points, 10 rebounds), but neither could anyone else in the tournament.

6 - Carlton Bragg: Played 31 minutes in the tournament and totaled 24 points and 13 personal fouls.

7 - Brannen Greene: Made his only three-pointer, dribbling into it. Also had a pair of assists and a pair of turnovers.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Had three turnovers and three personal fouls, one point and one rebound in nine minutes.

9 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Played three minutes and missed his only shot, a three-pointer.


Perry Ellis — 295

Frank Mason III — 292

Wayne Selden Jr. — 268

Devonté Graham — 267

Landen Lucas — 181

Jamari Traylor — 171

Carlton Bragg — 151

Svi Mykhailiuk — 142

Brannen Greene — 140

Cheick Diallo — 97

Hunter Mickelson — 89

Lagerald Vick — 28

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Mallory Briggans 6 years, 6 months ago

Much is made about about Mcdonald all americans and 5 star players............Those who are highly recruited ,the OADs .Sometimes hardwork and desire trumps all of that ,not being sought after or just being a roster filler sometimes you end up with a diamond in the rough. Little did we know Frank,Devonte,and Landen would elevate their game to the level that they have. None had the burden of being the savior ,the one to get us to the final four like when Wiggins came to town. The heart of a champion is beating in both Mason and Graham , Graham unafraid to take the big shot and Mason always willing to take it to the big men on the other team showing no fear .I was one those who felt Frank because of his size and Devonte who wasn't on the radar were roster filers WHO KNEW! Great job guys .


Jared Reeves 6 years, 6 months ago

Devonte's emergence has made a huge difference in this team. He has made so much progress from a year ago. It reminds me of Frank's breakout sophomore campaign.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 6 months ago

I watched the E highlights and couldn't even tell that Graham scored. Quite the contrast to other articles here that hardly mentioned a 20+ point game for Wayne. Obviously Graham was unconscious from deep in particular, but I was most pleased to see Wayne get out of his mini-slump. I think someone here even went so far as to say that he should stop shooting 3's because he wasn't any good at it. Not sure if was the same person that said Coach had lost it, and just couldn't keep up with K & C.

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