Welcome to the latest edition of the player ratings, and this one comes with a little more marination so to speak. I usually just fire these off about an hour after the game, but I gave this one a little time to digest. So, agree or disagree, here are the player ratings for the great game against Kentucky.
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- His shooting was off again, but he made a clutch three to finally give KU the lead (which they again squandered), but his eight rebounds were huge. Still needs to be more prudent when driving the lane into the trees.
Wayne Selden- 9.5- Wayne’s performance earned him the highest score in this season’s ratings so far. He was impressive driving the lane and made smart decisions when taking three pointers. It all looked natural out there.
Devonte’ Graham- 6.5- Made a few huge threes and his five assists led the team. Still seems to get beaten too easily on defense, but he might be the best stealer of the ball that KU has had since Mario Chalmers.
Perry Ellis- 5- Got into foul trouble early, but grabbed some monster boards down the stretch and in overtime. This score would’ve been higher if he could’ve made a few more free throws. Eight of 13 from Perry is poor and could hurt the team in a more meaningful game. C’mon Perry!
Landen Lucas- 6- Got into foul trouble early and had to sit. Then he continued to sit as all the other players were more active. Missed an easy jumper in the second half and then didn’t come back until OT where he played his best basketball of the day.
Brannen Greene- 5- According to reports, a play was called at the end of the half and then Brannen decided to improvise. He didn’t see the court again except in the last 2.2 of regulation when KU needed a desperation chuck.
Jamari Traylor- 7- I actually thought Jamari was pretty good in this one and his athleticism was a necessity against UK in the second half.
Carlton Bragg- 7- He might not know what he is doing defensively, but the way he spreads the floor and makes opposing bigs guard at the top of the key could be a big plus going forward, especially if he ever gets to play with Perry for significant minutes.
Cheick Diallo- 6.5- Got some minutes in the first half and was active, Self praised him after the game and yet never put him in after the intermission.
LaGerald Vick -n/a- Barely played and committed a foul. Not sure if Bill Self hates Svi or not, but it seems like he would’ve been a better option that LaGerald.