This just in KU's pretty good

By Steve Sell
November 04, 2014

So what can we surmise from Kansas’ 85-53 basketball beatdown Monday of Division II Washburn?

Not much actually. Except that the Jayhawks appear to be really, really loaded again.

Sometimes the Jayhawks slumber at the start in these exhibition games, but not this time. They jumped all over the Christian Ulsaker-led Ichabods early and the halftime score was out of hand at 42-13.

Of course, the Jayhawks’ focus evaporated in the second half and the game disintegrated into nothing more than a glorified scrimmage.

Here’s what I took from the game, if you want to call it that:

• Cliff Alexander is going to be one of the nation’s top newcomers even though he’s still a bit raw. He’s not as tall as I thought, but he plays with a high motor and goes after anything that bounces off the rim. He’s an enforcer-type who’ll probably come off the bench for a while and provide instant energy.

• Frank Mason is much improved. Point guard play short-circuited the Jayhawks’ postseason run last year as they kept those sitting in the front row on their toes with a variety of misplaced rocket passes. Mason plays with a chip on his shoulder and his shooting stroke appears to be much smoother.

• Perry Ellis will be solid, but unspectacular. It wasn’t one of Ellis’ most inspiring games as he didn’t impose his will on the overmatched Ichabods like he should. He still looks soft at times.

• The Jayhawks have unmatched depth as they have 12 legitimate players. Even with the surprising departure of Conner Frankamp, there still doesn’t look to be enough minutes to go around. Bill Self will spread the minutes out early in the season, but some good players will be hoping to be thrown some scraps once conference play starts. 

• Svi Mkyailuik is an interesting player. He’s young (17), tall (6-8?) and skilled. But will he really be a factor this year? He is a shooter and will vie with Brannen Greene for minutes. One of them could be on the outside looking in.

• Freshman Devonte Graham will be a factor. Graham has a lot of speed and appears to be a good shooter. But he had a 1-to-1 ratio in turnovers to assists (3-3). 

• Freshman Kelly Ourbre Jr. is explosive. Oubre is going to be a serious contributor. A very gifted player who is probably better than Greene right now.

The Jayhawks have a team that’s not Kentucky-ready right now, but they’re definitely talented enough to make the Final Four.