Kansas wins first game at World University Games

It may be an auspicious preview of what’s to come for Kansas University’s 2015-16 men’s basketball team season, as they see early success representing the United States in the World University games in South Korea.

But perhaps they just got amped up read my article tracking them yesterday.

In any case, with the addition of SMU’s Nic Moore and the Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose, the Jayhawks earned a 66-57 win over Turkey in their World games opener. Kansas overcame an eight point deficit early in the first half by rallying around standout players Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis.

Selden, the 6’6 junior, demonstrated his offensive aptitude by contributing 19 points and contributed on the boards with eight rebounds. Ellis, the 6’8 senior, added to this with 17 points and six rebounds

Frank Mason also had a good showing with 12 points and four assists.

The coaching staff must be pleased with Selden’s performance, as Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star notes, he is blossoming into his role on the wing alongside two smaller guards. The former All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and former McDonald’s All-American has been a presence rebounding from the wing in the past, so Bill Self’s motion offence should look into more small ball rotations with Selden at the three if his current performance continues.

During the game, Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg was seen playing with a face mask after breaking his nose during practice. Resiliency and tenacity are great signs in a player and Kansas must be impressed with Bragg’s attitude.

The Jayhawks will play their next game on Sunday against Brazil.

And like last time, Rock Chalk, Jayhawks!

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