A few KU video highlights from Game 2 win over Switzerland; plus, observations on each Jayhawk from Wednesday


Following Kansas' 83-79 victory over the Swiss national team in Game Two, I thought I'd share some KU video highlights from Wednesday.

I don't have all the best plays, but these are a few I was able to shoot when I wasn't blogging. The final clip is the Swiss team's offensive possession when trailing, 81-79, with about 20 seconds remaining.

Also, box score is up for those who haven't seen it.

Before I get to player observations, here's a general one: Both teams played much better Wednesday than they did Tuesday. The Swiss were making almost every jump shot between 15 and 18 feet and ended up making 21 of 33 two-pointers (64 percent).

Also, KU won despite an unfavorable whistle. Switzerland made 25 of 38 free throws, while the Jayhawks made 12 of 19. The discrepancy was worse in the first half, when the Swiss shot 20 free throws compared to KU’s four.

The officiating was better after halftime. The Jayhawks were definitely getting a tight whistle early, but in the second half, I don’t think the officiating impacted the game much for either team.

Here are my observations of the 15 players that checked in:

Jeff Withey — He played better in the second half after ending up in Self’s doghouse a bit in the first half. He contributed probably the biggest defensive play of the game, blocking a Swiss player’s shot with the game tied and around 30 seconds to go, which led to Kevin Young’s dunk in transition that gave KU the lead for good. Withey contributed three blocks but wasn’t as active defensively as he was in Game One, partly because the Swiss settled for a lot of jump shots. Withey once again struggled with isolation moves, missing badly when putting up turn-around shots while trying to take his defender in the post. The senior did come through for KU late, knocking down some crucial free throws in the fourth quarter. He finished 6-for-6 from the line and had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Perry Ellis — His first half was better than his second. He scored on a few nifty plays in the post, including a dribble drive on the baseline to a reverse lay-in that looks like his go-to move. Self got on Ellis during one timeout about not communicating defensively, which led to a Swiss three.

Elijah Johnson — Johnson wasn’t afraid to the guy to take most of KU’s shots late when the game was on the line. He didn’t make many of those shots, but he did draw enough attention to allow Young some space to grab offensive rebounds. One of Johnson’s highlights came with the shot clock winding down, as he put on a shake move to create separation before knocking down a stepback three (see video above). Johnson hit a couple threes in the second half and, from his actions and words so far, appears to the leader of this year’s team.

Ben McLemore — Limited to just five minutes because of a nagging groin injury. KU coach Bill Self said after the game that McLemore’s status was unknown for the Jayhawks’ final two games of the trip.

Travis Releford — Not his best game. Tried to force too many passes inside from bad angles. He also picked up four fouls in 22 minutes, though I remember two of them were questionable. Had just two field-goal attempts after playing great in transition during Game One on Tuesday.

Naadir Tharpe — For the second straight game, Self talked after the game about how he was pleased with Tharpe’s play in stretches. The sophomore once again had a couple nice passes in transition that led to baskets and also went 1-for-2 from three. He finished with five points, three assists and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Evan Manning — Got an opportunity to play once again but got the quick hook from Self after getting beat off the dribble before fouling his man while going for a reach-in. Self yelled at Manning, then took him out after just two minutes. The freshman had one defensive rebound.

Rio Adams — Self was frustrated with his defense, yelling at him that he was letting his man catch it wherever he wanted to. Adams also received a quick benching after taking an ill-advised shot: an 18-footer with 21 on the shot clock with no teammates in rebounding position. Adams still played better Wednesday than he did Tuesday, putting in a mid-range jumper for two points with two assists and no turnovers in 10 minutes.

Andrew White — White drew lots of praise from Self after the game, with the coach saying he liked the guard's confidence the most. White didn’t hesitate when putting up jumpers, and he was hitting them Wednesday. The freshman went 2-for-3 from three-point range and 6-for-9 overall, with many of his twos coming in the 15-to-18-foot range. He led KU with 16 points to go with one assist and two turnovers. He’s working hard defensively too, as he came away with three steals and also received lots of positive feedback from KU’s coaches when he was able to stop a Swiss drive by shuffling his feet. Through two games, White has been KU’s best newcomer.

Milt Doyle — Had a quiet five minutes, missing one running floater. Also picked up a personal foul.

Jamari Traylor — Traylor only played five minutes and had a couple highlights, drawing a charge defensively and also finishing an and-one following a nice pass from Zach Peters. Traylor missed the free throw and also another close shot inside. Though he moves well and is a huge body, Traylor still appears to be developing his offensive game, as in the first two games, he’s been mostly a ball-mover on that end.

Zach Peters — Drew positive reviews once again from Self, who said Peters was KU’s best big man in the first half. The freshman showed great instincts after an offensive rebound, using an up-and-under move to get his defender in the air before putting in a bank shot with a foul. Peters also showed nice touch in hitting a fadeaway jumper from about 10 feet on the baseline. His second half wasn’t as good, as he posted three turnovers in a five-possession span. He also seems to get blocked at least once in each game I’ve seen him, though that hasn’t affected his aggressiveness. He finished with seven points (3-for-5 shooting) and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

Landen Lucas — Had a productive six minutes, and on one occasion grabbed an offensive rebound before knocking in a 17-footer from the left elbow. He had two points and two rebounds, though he did foul a Swiss player that resulted in a three-point play. The freshman looked a little more comfortable offensively Wednesday compared to Tuesday.

Justin Wesley — The junior finished one lob from Johnson with a dunk, but on a few occasions, KU’s coaches were frustrated with Wesley regarding his defense. He had two points, two rebounds and a steal in nine minutes.

Kevin Young — For the second straight game, Young played his best in the fourth quarter. He rebounded a Johnson missed free throw for a stickback, grabbed another Johnson miss for a tip-in and also beat everyone down the floor to break the tie with a dunk in the final 15 seconds. All this came after a subpar first half when Young was chewed out for letting a Swiss player around him on a boxout just a few seconds after the KU senior checked in. Young finished with 14 points, making 6 of 7 shots with five rebounds (one offensive), though I know we missed one of his offensive rebounds, as he had two in the final few minutes.


seagull 9 years, 10 months ago

These KU uniforms are ugly without the red. Are these the regular season unis?

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 10 months ago

Do not think that they can use regular uniforms.

hawkpadre 9 years, 10 months ago

Could this be Kevin Young's breakout year?

Jayhawk_4_Life 9 years, 10 months ago

was just thinking "damn he looks a lot better"

Chris Shaw 9 years, 10 months ago

With a name like "KY" and a "Fro" to go with it..................He is an all around pimp! Mac Dad player pimp of the year!

Nathan Scholl 9 years, 10 months ago

@Seagull: no way those are regular season uniforms. They will always be multi-colored and with a Jayhawk on the shorts for regular season games. The unis they are wearing in these clips and throughout the Euro tour are glorified practice jerseys. Just something else Adidas provides to the Elite programs. Rock Chalk! Sad to hear Ben isn't playing, hope he gets better soon. Nice stuff from Andrew White these last two games. Impressive.

Jayhawk_4_Life 9 years, 10 months ago

so many new faces and numbers....shouldn't take long to get used to. It's weird not seeing Tyshawn out there though.

Tad Shurtz 9 years, 10 months ago

These clips are great. Thanks, Jesse. Andrew White is a pro.

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jesse for the stats that make the game more visual. What I see is Jeff Withey with a quiet double double these first two games. What I see is Kevin Young putting it all together and should provide leadership in late game situations. What I see is Elijah Johnson taking over for TT, and Nadir Tharpe following in the steps of EJ. What I see is Andrew White becoming the sharp shooter What I see is that the bench will make the starters work even harder so they dont get the hook, very much not like it was last year when the bench was so shallow. What I see is going to be a very fun and entertaining year of KU basketball What more could we ask for?

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 10 months ago

I must say I am very excited about how the Jayhawks have taken care of business these two games. It is going to be one interesting year with so much youth. I'm nervous after two games because last year KY was inconsistent (however great against zone), Releford is defensive in nature (and picked up quick fouls), EJ I think is great, but I know he was inconsistent at times. All that being said is with White starting to show why we got him, some notes about Ellis and Peters are putting me at ease a little.

The good news is this is usually the abyss of sports year, but we get a filling with the Jayhawks playing. Little bit disappointed it overlaps with the Olympics, but still great.

Alohahawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Mahalo. Thank you. Mahalo. For the box score. And for the player's breakdowns, Jesse. It's not like watching the game, but at least we get an overview of what the positives and negatives are for this team.

BTW. Best stat shown in the box score: If KU has a following of 200, and attendance for the game was 200, then the Jayhawks had 100% fan support on a game played halfway around the world. Rock Chalk and a big pat on the back to our fans!

JayhawkExpat 9 years, 10 months ago

Some clips from the 1st Half of KU vs. Swiss team in Fribourg on August 7 2012. Big disclaimer -- rank armature video taken with a flip, and uploaded at mobile quality due to bandwidth. Will try to upload a separate higher quality video next week. Enjoy if you like but no crap for quality please -- I know. Sorry in advance there are not any scores. Have shots from second half and Wed game as well.

edw100 9 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much JayhawkExpat. The video was great. Keep it coming, please :-)

Chris Shaw 9 years, 10 months ago

Great stuff Jayhawkexpat! However, that is some of the ugliest basketball I have seen in quite sometime. LOL! It took a Jeff Withey jump shot at the 4:25 mark of that video before I saw a made basket. That walk called on Tharpe was bogus!

Adam Collins 9 years, 10 months ago

Great video! Not only can you see some of the questionable ref calls (e.g., the "travel" by Tharpe) but I am assuming the Swiss player who clearly hits our guy in the face is the Swiss Spitter. Thanks!

JayhawkExpat 9 years, 10 months ago

Spitter was a forward, #10 - the guy that elbowed our guy was actually talking and joking with Elijah quite a bit. I think it may have been an accident but unclear.

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

Definitely ugly basketball! But for the first game jitters- and jet lag....did I already say ugly basketball? But the only way is up!!! Thanks for your efforts JayhawkExpat, and look forward to the rest of your video gems.

DanR 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the video, Expat. Upload whatever else you have!

HawkInAL 9 years, 10 months ago

If what I'm seeing is August with about a day and a half worth of coaching, I'm giddy to think about what this team will look like in March.

Brad Avery 9 years, 10 months ago

Andre White is going to be special. Smoothest jump shot this side of Kobe.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 10 months ago

I seem to remember an All-American fom UNC that got blocked all the time, but somehow always found himself at the free throw line. If Zach Peters can resemble any part of Tyler Hansbrough's aggressiveness at UNC.............than that is a good sign even if he does get blocked a couple times a game.

I said this in a Jeff Withey article a couple of weeks ago, but I hope Withey doesn't feel he has to be an offensive weapon on this squad. I hope EJ, McleMore, Ellis, and to some degree Releford are all options before Withey. Even the way White is playing right now, I would love to see that production coming off the bench with Tharpe, Peters, and KY. I just feel that if Withey focuses his energy on the defensive end than the offense will come naturally. I just don't want to see him try and become KU's 1st or second scoring option. I think he's better suited at clogging up the middle, creating offense from his defense, and becoming the 4th or 5th option on offense.

The only thing I am bummed about is McLemore. I was really hoping to get a good read on him during these games, but it looks like we as fans will have to wait till Late Night and the exhibition games in October and November.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 10 months ago

Does anybody else see a Joe Johnson comparison with Andrew White? I also see some Paul Pierce in there, but I have always thought Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce were similar, but Pierce obviously has the better overall game.

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