Graham earns Big 12, national player of the week awards

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) swoops in for a shot during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

After exploding for back-to-back 35-point games in Kansas victories over Toledo and Syracuse, senior point guard Devonte’ Graham was named Big 12 player of the week on Monday.

Graham also picked up a pair of national weekly honors, snagging the same recognition from and The Lute Olson Award.

Asked Monday if he saw Graham’s hot start coming, Self slipped into comedian mode.

“Yeah, I expected him to get 35 the last two games,” he deadpanned. “If you look at his yearly stats, over seven games, I would (have thought) he’d be averaging about 18 and shooting about 40 percent from 3 and having a lot of assists. So, yeah, these were probably the stats I would’ve anticipated this early. But I wouldn’t have anticipated him scoring 70 points in a week, though. That’s a pretty good week.”

Graham entered last week’s Toledo contest averaging 12 points per game and now ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring with an 18.6 average.

Graham is not just leading Kansas scoring, he ranks second in the Big 12 in assists at 8 per game, fourth in steals (2.3), third in free throw percentage (92.3), fifth in 3-point field goals made (2.9), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and tied for third in double-doubles with two.

Monday marked the second time in Graham’s career that he had been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, with the other coming Feb. 15, 2016, when he scored his previous career high of 27 points at Oklahoma.