The KUsports.com Ratings

Red-hot Lagerald Vick tops KUsports ratings after home opener

**1 – Lagerald Vick –** Lights out from the jump, Vick did it all on Monday night, setting a career high with 32 points and knocking in 8-of-8 from 3-point range. **2 – Udoka Azubuike –** His energy and effort were so much better than against Michigan State and his stats backed ...

Daniel Wise tops ratings in ugly loss at Texas Tech

1 - Daniel Wise: Facing steady double-teaming, Wise battled his way to three solo tackles, two assists, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. 2 - Joe Dineen: Totaled two tackles for loss among his seven solo tackles, one of them a sack. Also nearly had an interception on a pass he got a ...

Carter Stanley tops ratings in 48-28 loss to Oklahoma State

1 - Carter Stanley: Made his first start of the season and performed in a way that makes it difficult to imagine it will be his final start. Completed 24 of 32 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception. Was sacked five times for 27 yards in losses and finished ...

Joe Dineen tops ratings in 26-7 loss at Baylor

1 - Joe Dineen: Had 11 solo tackles, two assists, two tackles for losses and two quarterback hurries. 2 - Pooka Williams: Thrown for 14 yards in losses on 14 plays to offset 103 gains for a net total of 89 yards on 14 carries. Busted a 72-yard run to set up KU’s only score. Defense keyed on ...

Pooka Williams tops ratings again in rout over Rutgers

1 - Pooka Williams: Rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, averaging 8.8 yards for the game and season. His third touchdown of the season went for 52 yards. 2 - Bryce Torneden: Has steadily improved since joining the program and has stood out three weeks in a row, this time with ...

Pooka Williams leads ratings in shelling of Central Michigan

1 - Pooka Williams: He’s so fast and changes directions so sharply at full speed that he’s hard to put a hand on, much less slam to the turf. Pooka rushed for 125 yards and had touchdown runs of 20 yards, freeing himself up the middle with sharp cuts, and 41 yards down the left sideline ...

Joe Dineen tops ratings in 26-23 loss to Nicholls State

1 - Joe Dineen: Had 12 solo tackles, several in big spots, and four assists. Was flagged for a face-masking penalty early in Nicholls drive that resulted in the field goal that sent the game into overtime, one blemish on an otherwise impressive night. 2 - Stephon Robinson: Blocked a punt ...

Svi (for 3) tops ratings in blowout victory vs. Omaha

**1 - Svi Mykhailiuk:** Came out of aggressive from the tip and never let up. Made 6 of 7 3-pointers, scored 26 points and had four rebounds and four assists to go with one turnover. **2 - Devonte’ Graham:** Kept team moving at fast pace, made 5 of 7 3-pointers and had eight assists, ...

Travis Releford tops ratings; KU’s point guards struggle

**1. Travis Releford:** KU's best player in the NCAA Tournament fittingly was the Jayhawks' best player against Michigan. The senior was excellent in transition, locked down on Trey Burke when given that assignment and was aggressive attacking the rim. In his final game, the senior posted ...

Travis Releford stellar on both ends against North Carolina

**1. Travis Releford:** Releford held North Carolina's leading scorer in conference play, Reggie Bullock, to a season-low-tying five points on 1-for-7 shooting. The senior Releford was just as good offensively, leading KU with 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting. No shot was bigger than his ...

Jeff Withey shines, KU guards struggle against WKU

**1. Jeff Withey:** Easily Kansas' best player offensively and defensively. Withey once again feasted on a team that wasn't ready for his impact defensively, as he contributed seven of KU's nine blocks. The senior also was efficient when he received it in the post, scoring a game-high 17 ...

Jeff Withey flummoxes Kansas State once again

**1. Jeff Withey:** After three games, Kansas State is still no closer to solving the defensive riddle that is Jeff Withey. Though KU's senior center had only one block, he altered numerous shots and was the big reason KSU made just 15 of 36 shots from two-point range (42 percent). Withey ...

Bench play a highlight for KU against Iowa State

**1. Perry Ellis:** The more he plays, the more teams will have to start respecting KU's 4 man offensively, which in turn should open up some room for Jeff Withey in the lane. Ellis scored in a variety of ways Friday, which included pinning his defender deep for layups and shooting jumpers ...

KU’s big men battle for No. 2 spot behind Ben McLemore

**1. Ben McLemore:** An elite shooter when he has his feet set on the perimeter. McLemore helped KU get off to a good start with hot shooting, posting a game-high 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting, which included 4-for-8 accuracy from three-point range. The freshman also added four rebounds, ...

Perry Ellis one of few positives for KU against Baylor

**1. Ben McLemore:** The freshman's best road game ended up being his last one. McLemore led KU with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting, which included 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range. A few of those threes were impressive too, including one where he jumped to catch a pass from the ...

KU’s senior bigs take top spots

**1. Jeff Withey:** Withey's first — and probably only — career three-pointer was the highlight of an efficient night. The center posted a team-high 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting, adding nine rebounds and four blocks in just 25 minutes. He also had no turnovers and has scored in ...

Ben McLemore easy pick for No. 1

**1. Ben McLemore:** The freshman scored 36 points on just 15 field-goal attempts, making 12 of 15 shots and seven of nine free throws. With the outburst, McLemore broke KU's freshman scoring record set 28 years earlier (to the day) by Danny Manning. McLemore looked like an NBA player ...

Elijah Johnson takes over against Iowa State

**1. Elijah Johnson:** So who saw that coming?* Johnson, who had made 38 percent of his twos and 27 percent of his threes during Big 12 play, single-handedly won the game for KU late, scoring a career-high 39 points on 13-for-22 shooting with 6-for-10 shooting from three-point range. The ...

Big man takes top spot for KU against TCU

**1. Jeff Withey:** After getting taken out of his game by TCU in Fort Worth (12 points, six field-goal attempts), Withey responded by taking over for stretches Saturday. The senior posted a team-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting, adding six rebounds and three blocks to go with two ...

Travis Releford comes through with crucial plays late for KU

**1. Travis Releford:** The senior made so many big plays it's almost hard to remember them all. Taking a charge to pick up Marcus Smart's fifth foul was huge. His defense on Markel Brown on the game's final possession was important, too. Then his hustle play to save the ball from going out ...