Kansas finally notches a blowout win:
It’s about time the Jayhawks won the dang day (shout out to Kansas State’s new football slogan). Kansas annihilated South Dakota by a score of 89-53, in a game where the Jayhawks found themselves only up by ten points at halftime. The game was ended on a 30-7 run over the course of the last nine minutes of the ball game that powered the Jayhawks to their most convincing win of the season. Entering the game, South Dakota only allowed an average of 63 points per game, which makes the win even more impressive.
Exit Charlie Less, Enter Charlie Moore:
I gave some tough criticism to Charlie Moore on my last article saying that, if given the opportunity, he could not throw the ball in the ocean. I would like to proudly say that he clearly read my article and I must have motivated him to what is his best night in a Kansas Jayhawk uniform thus far (kidding). Charlie Moore was electric, lighting up the South Dakota defense from behind the arc with a 6-9 three point shooting display. Entering the game, Moore was a mere 3-23 from behind the line, and had struggled to find his place in the offense. Tonight, he shot the lights out of the ball and also made several fantastic plays including an amazing no-look pass on a fast break that resulted in a Dedric Lawson layup.
David McCormack will be a special player:
Another Jayhawk that broke loose tonight was the 6’10 freshman forward David McCormack, who had the best game of his young career with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. McCormack plays with tremendous energy, and is a presence literally everywhere on the court. You can tell he’s a guy that absolutely loves Kansas, and wants to play. His effort level and energy is unmatched, and it was nice to see him step up while Udoka Azubuike remains sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
McCormack reminds me a lot of a young Thomas Robinson. He has a natural and raw skill set, an absolute tank of a body, tremendous energy, and perhaps has a little too much excitement to put up a shot right when he touches the ball. With a year of coaching from Bill Self, and another year with Andrea Hudy in the weight room, I have absolutely no doubt that David McCormack will be a dominant presence next year, and especially in his junior campaign.
Quentin Grimes continues to struggle:
I looked forward to this game as possibly an opportunity for Quentin Grimes to step up and assert himself more on the offensive end. It was clear that this was an emphasis for Kansas right out of the gate as Bill Self tried to get him plenty of early touches. Despite scoring the first basket of the game with a nice turn around jump shot, Grimes finished the game with only 6 points on 3-9 shooting including 0-3 from the three point line. Grimes did attack the basket more with driving the ball, but struggled to finish at the rim. A play that stood out to me occurred in the first half, where Grimes had essentially a wide open lane for what should have been an easy dunk. Instead, he decided to try and force a pass to a guarded Dedric Lawson, which ended up getting tipped out of bounds.
Grimes is only as talented as his mindset will allow him to be. He’s a five star freshman with so much potential. If he can continue to play more aggressively, and develop a shoot first, pass second mentality I have no doubt that he will break out of his shell. All it takes is to see a few shots to go through the net. If, and when he does arrive, this Kansas team’s ceiling will rise tremendously.