Kansas Basketball: Each Jayhawks Starter's Most Impressive Stat
As the Jayhawks won their 24th straight Big 12 opener on Wednesday night, the box score provided an array of impressive stats amongst a bevy of mediocre non-statistical performances.
With the win against Oklahoma, Bill Self's hard-to-read group barrels toward a brutal start to the conference slate but not without a host of intriguing, yet very impressive, individual stat lines.
Naadir Tharpe: Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
While Naadir Tharpe remains the incumbent at point guard for the Jayhawks, for what it's worth, freshman Conner Frankamp held the starter title in Thursday's second half after an impressive two-minute stretch to close out Oklahoma in the first half.
Despite inconsistencies all season, Tharpe still possesses an elite assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.54 following Wednesday's win in KU's Big 12 opener.
If the junior floor leader can hold serve, it will be the highest mark since Aaron Miles finished with a 2.7 ratio in 2003-04.
Wayne Selden Jr.: 24 Points vs. Oklahoma
As Wayne Selden tiptoed through November and December with a bevy of inconsistent weeks, dozens of Jayhawk fans wondered when the 5-star versatile slasher would break out.
His 38-minute, 24-point performance in Norman on Wednesday night was arguably the most impressive and well-timed offensive performance of any Jayhawk this season. Selden previously topped double digits in scoring just once in the last month and only four times all season before exploding for 24 on 5-of-10 three-point shooting against the baffled Sooners.
Andrew Wiggins: Attempted Free Throws
Wiggins' 94-feet value as a once-billed dynamic all-around player has been highly debated through 14 games. However, his willingness to absorb contact is undeniable, as he leads Kansas with 84 free-throw attempts.
Averaging six attempts per game, nearly one-third of his 15.3 scoring average is coming via the charity stripe, a number amongst the highest in the Big 12.
Perry Ellis: Five 20-Plus Scoring Games
Yes, we all know Perry Ellis needs to prove he can remain consistent against all opposing lineups.
That inconsistency is particularly evident in one impressive stat: five 20-plus-point games. While the Jayhawks have desperately needed those points, Ellis has twice brought an encore of five points or less in the following game.
Because Self's offense has never been friendly to high-scoring individual players, these five games are quite noteworthy.
Joel Embiid: Blocked Shots
Joel Embiid was expected to alter and occasionally swat a few shots during his freshman campaign, but no one expected the 7-footer would nearly take over where Jeff Withey left off last spring.
Embiid blocked 33 shots in nonconference play, or one more than 45 other teams had blocked as a team through last week's games.