Post-Game Awards: Iowa State (Big 12)

Beware of the Blog’s Player of the Game is Perry Ellis. Perry Ellis loves the Sprint Center. It was this time last year that the then freshman came alive and helped KU to some impressive victories in the post-season. He did it again in the losing effort against Iowa State. In fact, he was so clearly the hot hand, I was confused as to why he didn’t get more shots off in the second half of this one. Regardless, it was one of his better performances as a Jayhawk. Perry finished with 30 points on 11 of 12 from the floor. He also snatched seven rebounds and added an assist. If he can keep it rolling, KU is in good shape. The sophomore has had some ups and downs in scoring this season, but with Embiid indefinitely out, KU is going to need him to pick up the scoring inside. If he can do that and Wiggins can continue to shine, KU may have a chance to play a little longer than next weekend.

Current Standings:

  • 1. Andrew Wiggins (10)
  • 2. Perry Ellis (6)
  • 3. Naadir Tharpe (5)
  • 4. Wayne Selden (4)
  • 5. Joel Embiid (3)
  • T-6. Frank Mason (2)
  • T-6. Tarik Black (2)
  • 7. Brannen Greene (1)

You let the whole team down Andrew Wiggins. Hard to tag a guy who had 22 points, but it took Wiggins becoming a volume scorer to do so. I understand that KU is better when he gets off more than 10 shots. But he wasn’t feeling it today like he has been the last couple and that’s fine. Perry missed one field goal the entire game, but only got 12 chances. Wiggins took 21 shots and made only 7 of them for 33.3%. I love the new aggressiveness, but the great players have to know when their shot isn’t falling and focus on getting the ball to the guy who can’t miss.  That guy was Perry and he may have been able to carry this team to victory if he had gotten 20 shots off instead of 12.