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The KUsports.com Ratings

Jeff Withey's defensive rebounding, passing stand out in win over Texas

Jesse Newell

**1. Jeff Withey:** Was efficient offensively and a big reason Texas posted a season-low offensive rebounding percentage (18 percent). The KU center also played a big part in getting KU easy buckets, blocking or altering shots before throwing the ball ahead to start KU's effective fast breaks. Withey posted 14 ...

Ben McLemore gives complete performance against Baylor

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2013/jan/14/ku-basketball-v-baylor/95888/ **1. Ben McLemore:** The freshman stood out for more than just his offense Monday. McLemore led KU in points (17), rebounds (eight), steals (three) and was one off the team lead in blocks (two). He was tough inside, hustled for rebounds and wasn't afraid to scrap in the pile ...

Kevin Young edges out Travis Releford for top honors

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2013/jan/12/ku-basketball-v-texas-tech/95839/ **1. Kevin Young:** The senior was Kansas' spark plug in the second half, lifting the team's energy with his hustle and also his up-and-under, fast-break dunk with 14:15 left. Young led KU with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, adding four rebounds, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes. ...

Ben McLemore gives Pierce-ian performance against Iowa State

Jesse Newell

**1. Ben McLemore:** Was it the best individual performance in Allen Fieldhouse since Paul Pierce scored 31 against Oklahoma? The freshman hit the game's biggest shot — a banked-in three with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it — and ended with 33 points on just 12 field-goal attempts, ...

Jeff Withey bails out KU 'D,' takes top honor

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2013/jan/06/ku-basketball-v-temple/95709/ **1. Jeff Withey:** Withey scored just eight points on 3-for-10 shooting, but his defense was so overwhelming he still earns the No. 1 spot. Temple coach Fran Dunphy marveled multiple times at Withey's effort in the postgame press conference. "We were at the rim a lot late, and Withey ...

Travis Releford edges out Naadir Tharpe for No. 1 spot

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2012/dec/29/kansas-basketball-v-american/95616/ **1. Travis Releford:** It's going to be hard for any KU player to have a more efficient night than Releford did Saturday. The senior made seven of eight field goals, which included a 5-for-6 performance from three-point range. Releford posted 19 points, two rebounds, three assists and no turnovers ...

Road environment no problem for Ben McLemore

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2012/dec/22/ku-basketball-v-ohio-state/95573/ **1. Ben McLemore:** Caught fire early and played with aggressiveness throughout. The freshman posted a game-high 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting, which included 3-for-6 shooting from three. He also had six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal to go with four turnovers in 36 minutes. His admirers ...

Jeff Withey paces KU against Spiders

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2012/dec/18/ku-basketball-v-richmond/95524/ **1. Jeff Withey:** Best player for KU in a landslide. The big man not only scored and blocked, he also showed his quickness, picking up his sixth and seventh steals of the year early in the second half near midcourt when anticipating passes. Withey posted 17 points on 7-for-9 ...

Ultra-efficient Elijah Johnson earns top billing

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2012/dec/15/kansas-basketball-v-belmont/95455/ **1. Elijah Johnson:** Productive in every aspect of the game. Scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting. Dished nine assists. Grabbed five boards. And guarded the other team’s best player. Johnson was aggressive from the get-go in this one and it paid off with a frame-worthy stat line. **2. Travis ...

Bouncy Kevin Young takes top spot

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2012/dec/08/ku-basketball-v-colorado/95303/ **1. Kevin Young:** His energy was contagious, and the senior's hustle paid off as he posted a career-high for his KU tenure with 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting. He made the easy and smart plays, with the box score showing seven of his eight makes were either layups or ...

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