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Andrew Wiggins back atop ratings after 19-point effort against WVU

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Knows how to beat the buzzer at the half. In Waco, he did it with a half-court shot. In this one, he slammed home a teammate’s miss. Played aggressively, but still not finishing a lot of shots near the hoop. Why? Probably a combination of not having the strength because he is so many years from filling out physically and flying at 200 mph when 100 mph would do the job just as well. Led KU with 19 points and mixed in four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Burned for two of Eron Harris’ three three-pointers early, Wiggins decided to “turn him into a driver,” and completely shut him down.

2 - Tarik Black: On a day Joel Embiid couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, Black stepped in and was a force at both ends. He’s more than a bruiser. He’s an athletic bruiser, as he showed when he took a low pass from Wiggins and so quickly flushed it. His totals, 11 points and four rebounds, don’t capture the impact he had on the game in the paint.

3- Wayne Selden: Trapped on the perimeter, Selden stepped through it and knew there should be an open man in the opposite corner. There was. Selden fired a beauty to Perry Ellis for an easy dunk. Had the hot hand (5 of 7 overall, 3 of 5 from three) and contributed 17 points. Strong effort, but again threw a bounce pass into a crowded lane.

4 - Frank Mason: It took starter Naadir Tharpe a while to get going. Chasing Juwan Staten all over the place can do that to a point guard. Mason stepped in and blended his aggressive style with smart play to set up teammates and take good care of the basketball. Had five points, five assists and did not turn it over.

5 - Joel Embiid: Limited to 17 minutes by foul trouble, he still managed 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Given his size advantage, this could have been a huge game for him had he stayed out of foul trouble.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Played well down the stretch, sending the ball where it needed to go, but had trouble sticking with Staten, which gives him something in common with every other guard in the Big 12. 

7 - Jamari Traylor: Again playing well when paired with Black, Traylor had  a huge first half. Finished with seven points, three boards and two steals in 18 minutes.

8 - Perry Ellis: No reason he shouldn’t do a better job on the boards. Had a quiet eight points and four rebounds.

9 - Brannen Greene: Missed his only shot, but not by as much as he missed a pass, throwing it into the stands, sending coach Bill Self’s head into his hands. 

10 - Landen Lucas: Trillion-club entry with one minute and zeroes across the board.


Joel Embiid 202

Andrew Wiggins 196

Perry Ellis 188

Wayne Selden Jr. 168

Naadir Tharpe 162

Frank Mason 154

Jamari Traylor 125

Tarik Black 104

Brannen Greene 59

Andrew White III 53

Landen Lucas 43

Conner Frankamp 42

Justin Wesley 11

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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

Reply 9 comments from Reggiecomedy Rich Hetherington Greg Lux Plasticjhawk Erich Hartmann Jayhawkmarshall Rodney Crain Robert  Brock

Perry Ellis top Jayhawk in home win vs. Baylor

1 - Perry Ellis: His aggressiveness returned after a brief vacation and he scored 16 of his 18 points and had both of his steals in the second half. He turned a two-point lead into a seven-point one in the span of 21 seconds. Buried a jumper from the left corner, stepped into the passing lane for a steal, took it in for a dunk, was fouled and made the free throw. Taking it up strong, Ellis made 6 of 8 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws and he blocked two shots.

2 - Frank Mason: Did a terrific job of penetrating and was not to be denied attacking the rim. He did a great job of finding teammates after breaking down the defense. Mason made 4 of 5 from the field, 1 of 2 from three, and totaled nine points, six assists, a steal and just one turnover. Mason, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound steel ball of aggressiveness keeps opponents in retreat, teammates in urgency mode.

3 - Andrew Wiggins: Fellow Canadian Brady Heslip made his fourth three-pointer with 8:24 left in the first half. Wiggins started guarding him shortly after that. Heslip didn’t score again until there were less than four minutes remaining in the game. Shaking off a slow start, Wiggins scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and led the team with 17 rebounds. 

4 - Joel Embiid: He plays so far above the rim and is impossible to stop when lobs are on target. It wasn’t necessarily one of his better games, but still he finished with 12 points.

5 - Naadir Tharpe: He continues to shoot with confidence and has boosted his three-point percentage to .441. He made 2 of 3 long ones and those were the only shots he took. In his past three games he has made 8 of 11 three-pointers.

6 - Jamari Traylor:  Can anyone remember the last time they said, “Why did he take that shot?” after a Traylor shot? He still turns it over, but other than that, his game is rounding into shape. He played 13 minutes in this one, and totaled four points, six rebounds and two turnovers. He again showed he has the ability to score on drives to the hoop. For the season, Traylor is shooting .727 from the field and .806 from the line.

7 - Wayne Selden: His save that resulted in Joel Embiid scoring and Selden sitting on the laps of two Baylor fans was the hustle play of the year for Kansas.

8 - Tarik Black: Sprained his right ankle late in a game in which he delivered two points, a rebound, a blocked shot, a steal and a strong physical presence. After the game, Black said he was fine and wanted to return.

9 - Brannen Greene: Buried a three for the second game in a row and picked up a rebound in four minutes. None of the seven quarterbacks Kansas has used to start football games since the departure of Todd Reesing ever has overthrown an intended receiver as badly as he overthrew one Monday, but overall he’s showing enough progress to believe he’ll be a valuable offensive weapon soon.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Picked up an assist in four minutes, giving him six assists and three turnovers in 90 minutes this season.


Joel Embiid 166

Perry Ellis 154

Andrew Wiggins 153

Naadir Tharpe 131

Wayne Selden Jr. 128

Frank Mason 123

Jamari Traylor 99

Tarik Black 80

Andrew White III 50

Brannen Greene 44

Conner Frankamp 39

Landen Lucas 31

Justin Wesley 8

Reply 11 comments from Dirk Medema Onlyoneuinkansas Perses Plasticjhawk Kingfisher Reggiecomedy Bernard Gregory Len Shaffer Jayhawkmarshall

Tharpe tops ratings (again) in KU win over Oklahoma State

1 - Naadir Tharpe: His strong competitiveness showed when Marcus Smart picked him clean and Tharpe immediately did the same thing to him. He and Smart both did a strong job of running their teams, the biggest difference in their games being that Tharpe couldn’t miss a shot and Smart couldn’t make one, and Smart took better care of the basketball. Tharpe consistently turned back runs by hitting three-point shots and he did a good job of feeding center Joel Embiid, for whom the Cowboys had no solution. Tharpe made 7 of 8 field goals, 3 of 4 three-pointers and 4 of 4 free throws. He finished with 21 points, six assists, six turnovers and three steals in 39 minutes. He scored six of KU’s final seven points and hit a huge 18-footer that put his team up six with 36 seconds left, which at the time seemed like a dagger.

2 - Joel Embiid: Picked up a technical for the third game in a row when he, after the whistle, planted his palm on Le’Bryan Nash’s forehead and gave him a little shove. It didn’t hurt Kansas because the foul for which he was whistled on that play was his only of the game, other than the technical. He knows how to block shots without fouling because he’s keeping his arms straight up. Broke his own freshman record (seven, UTEP) when he blocked eight shots. His terrific hands and ability to get so high above the rim also make him a threat scoring against the zone, no matter how tightly guarded, because nobody can get their arms as high as he can. His conversion of Wayne Selden’s alley-oop pass when covered closely was yet another remarkable highlight for the 7-footer from Cameroon.

3 - Jamari Traylor: He has come a long way in a lot of ways. Always a terrific athlete, he now is using that to make strong basketball plays. He hit a free-throw line jumper, a new weapon, made 3 of 3 free throws and 3 of 3 field goals, had a huge blocked shot and again showed he can put the ball on the floor. Played 19 minutes and produced nine points and three rebounds.

4 - Tarik Black: KU’s best player on the court in the first half, when he scored eight points and made 4 of 5 shots, including a two-handed dunk he rocked to the back of his head. Also had a huge blocked shot and two rebounds. Never got off the bench in the second half, thanks to Embiid’s dominant performance.

5 - Frank Mason: He made just 1 of 3 free throws in the final 23 seconds but made up for it with the game-saving play, knocking the ball loose from Le’Bryan Nash before he could get up a shot. Had another big deflection earlier and hit a three that expanded a four-point lead to seven with 9:36 left. Mason, an amazing leaper who embraces contact, used those qualities to snare four rebounds.

6 - Brannen Greene:  Made good use of his seven minutes on the floor, scoring five points and hitting 2 of 3 shots, including 1 of 2 three-pointers. Good size and skills aren’t always accompanied by confidence, but they were in this one.

7 - Wayne Selden: Consistently long on his shot  (1 for 7) in first half, Selden compensated with strong defense, accurate free-throw shooting and three beautiful passes in a seven-point, three-assist, no-turnover half. As for the second half, he made several poor plays and turned it over four times. 

8 - Perry Ellis: Physical games don’t always bring out the best in Ellis and this was an example of that. He didn’t always go up strong and finished 3 of 8 from the field and totaled six points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

9 - Andrew Wiggins: Played so far below his standard that he sat most of the latter half of the second half and played just 23 minutes on the night. He contributed just three points and two rebounds and made just 1 of 5 shots in his worse game as a Jayhawk. That’s unfortunate timing for Baylor, Monday’s opponent.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Played just one minute and missed a three-pointer.


Joel Embiid 159

Andrew Wiggins 145

Perry Ellis 144

Naadir Tharpe 125

Wayne Selden Jr. 124

Frank Mason 114

Jamari Traylor 94

Tarik Black 77

Andrew White III 50

Brannen Greene 42

Conner Frankamp 38

Landen Lucas 31

Justin Wesley 8

Reply 9 comments from Rodney Crain Rich Hetherington Erich Hartmann Dirk Medema

Tharpe puts the point in point guard at Iowa State

1 - Naadir Tharpe: Came out on fire and never cooled off. Made 7 of 9 shots form the field, 3 of 4 from three, 6 of 7 free throws and had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists to go with four turnovers. Played with big-time aggressiveness from start to finish.

2 - Andrew Wiggins: His father, former NBA guard Mitchell Wiggins, told him to concentrate on rebounding in one of their daily phone chats, and realizing that father knows best, he did that. When the freshman trains his mind on something, he can reach unbelievable heights. He had a stunning 19 rebounds to go with 17 points.

3 - Joel Embiid: After his down-low dominance at both ends in the second half, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg called him, "the best player in the country." Finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists, two steals and for the second game in a row, one technical. Showed phenomenal footwork.

4 - Wayne Selden: Didn't have his shot working (2 for 7, 1 for 5 from three), but had another impressive passing night and had six assists and just one turnover.

5 -  Perry Ellis: Couldn't get his shot to drop (4 of 13) and wasn't at his best against the physical Cyclones. Totaled eight points and six rebounds.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Had rough stretch when he telegraphed a lazy pass that was intercepted and then didn't see the ball when it was passed to the man standing next to him, an easy bucket that could have been prevented with more alert play. But he battled well on the boards, picking up five rebounds.

7 - Tarik Black: Two points, one rebound and five fouls in five minutes. On this night, the fouls were excusable because Kansas needed a player who could show Iowa State wasn't the only team with physical bigs.

8 - Frank Mason: Played aggressively, scored on strong drive to the hoop, missed an open three, defended aggressively and had two points and two fouls to show for nine minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene: The first man off the bench, he went scoreless in four minutes.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Missed a three-pointer one minute into his time on the floor and was sent to bench for rest of night.

11 - Justin Wesley: Played less than a minute.


Joel Embiid 150

Andrew Wiggins 143

Perry Ellis 141

Wayne Selden Jr. 120

Naadir Tharpe 115

Frank Mason 108

Jamari Traylor 86

Tarik Black 70

Andrew White III 50

Conner Frankamp 37

Brannen Greene 37

Landen Lucas 31

Justin Wesley 8

Reply 7 comments from Keith Clark Perses Plasticjhawk Leikness Dirk Medema Lee Henry