This is the fourth installment of the KU player ratings, and the first #1 versus #2 matchup in Big XII conference game, so it was time to break these ratings out in back-to-back games.
What an epic battle. We will be talking about this one for a while around these parts, so let’s get straight to the ratings.
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- 8- Missed a few easy buckets early, nailed a key three in KU’s first half run. A guy who goes 5-20 from the field will rarely merit an eight, but the steal on the inbounds and clutch free throws show that Frank has something special.
Wayne Selden- 8- Had foul trouble early and didn’t have his best game from the field, but Wayne stepped up when it counted, both on the perimeter and driving the lane at the start of the third overtime.
Devonte’ Graham- 8- Had a few turnovers in the first frame, but also made some key defensive plays. Nailed six of seven free throws including some crucial ones down the home stretch when he was no doubt exhausted.
Perry Ellis- 9- Operated at will at times in the first half. Had 11 points and eight rebounds at the intermission. He finished with 27 and 13, with none more important than his offensive board and put back late in the second OT.
Hunter Mickelson- 5- Had stone hands in this one and was rewarded with a long stint on the bench after the half.
Brannen Greene- 6- Played a lot in the first half as Selden was in foul trouble. Did very little after that but played pretty well when he was on the court.
Jamari Traylor- 6.5- Got away with a blatant basket interference early and was a menace defensively in the second half. Only Jamari can nearly kill himself while blocking a shot.
Carlton Bragg- 5- Remains active but only played early in this one.
Cheick Diallo- 5- See above.
Landen Lucas- 7- A non-entity in the first period and was yanked immediately for Diallo. But the Portland native showed his value in the overtimes, grabbing most of his rebounds then and nailing five of six from the free throw line.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk- 5.5- Nailed a three early and somehow got three fouls called against him in the first frame. Didn’t play after that.