This is the third installment of the KU player ratings, and it’s the first time I’ve broken these out for a while. The first conference game and the road to 12 straight was reason enough to post these.
Please keep in mind that these ratings are just the thoughts of one person and are certainly up for debate, so if you have a beef, you know where the comments section is located.
Here’s the scale:
10 - Magical, extraterrestrial, godlike
9 - Outstanding, truly fantastic, utterly brilliant
8 - Great, excellent
7 - Good
6 - Slightly above average, close to ‘Good’
5 - Slightly below average
4 - Poor
3 - Terrible
2 – Disastrous
Frank Mason- 6- Ran the offense well. Was riddled with foul trouble. I’m actually kind of happy that Frank got to play sparingly (for him) before the OU game.
Wayne Selden- 9- What a first half for Wayne. At one point, he was 7 of 7 and a perfect four from three-point land. Had 18 in the first frame. Played a strong second half as well and finished with 24 points. Keep it up, Wayne.
Devonte’ Graham- 8- Came out on fire nailing his first two threes of the game and finished the first half with a great drive to the basket. Had a productive second half as well and ran the point single handedly for a good portion of the second half. Finished with 15 on six of eight shooting.
Perry Ellis- 7- Was part of the three-point barrage in the first half and fought hard in the paint against the Baylor bigs while the threes were raining down. Came to life in the second half and finished with 17 points and six boards.
Hunter Mickelson- 7- Got into some early foul trouble in the first half and featured only for the first few minutes of that half. The second half was a different story, as Hunter dominated on both ends.
Carlton Bragg- 6- Man, this kid has some energy and it’s easy to see why he’s the first big off the bench. Mickelson’s play in the second half limited his time after the break. Had a late three to show off his range.
Cheick Diallo- 6- Makes some seriously questionable decisions on the offensive end. Is it because he wants so desperately to play that he chucks up jumpers? Had an impressive block as well.
Landen Lucas- 3- Here’s one play that sums up Landen’s day: Cheick Diallo did a nice job of redirecting his man who missed with the rebound dropping off the rim and landing straight in Lucas’ hand. It then bounced out of his hand and rolled haplessly out of play. A similar play happened again in the second half, yet Bragg and Diallo are languishing on the bench. Why?
Brannen Greene- 6- Didn’t contribute much in the first half, but got a significant amount of time in the second half filling in for Frank Mason when he was in foul trouble.
Jamari Traylor- 6- Does a lot of the small things right. Had a great block in the second half on a 4 v 2 situation for Baylor.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk- 6- Drove strongly and was the beneficiary of some tight refereeing and got to the line twice in the first half. Was limited to mop up time in the second half.
Lagerald Vick-N/A- Made a three pointer.
Tyler Self- N/A- Came on with a minute to go.
Evan Manning-N/A- See above.
Overall, KU dominated from start to finish and there was no feeling that Baylor had a way back in. Credit to KU for not letting them to get close. Last year, that might not have been the case. On to Oklahoma.