One night after wrapping up a spot in the quarterfinal round of the World University Games with a one-point win over Serbia, Kansas/United States took on Switzerland in its final group play match Wednesday night in Gwangju, South Korea. And Bill Self’s team didn’t have much trouble with the Swiss either, scoring 12 of the game’s first 15 points and going on to win by the final score of 96-57.
The leading scorer for the Americans was one of the two players on the roster who will not suit up for the Jayhawks this coming season in guard Julian DeBose, who plays his college basketball at FGCU. The rising senior led the way with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go along with four rebounds.
DeBose was one of four players to score in double figures, with Wayne Selden tallying 16 points and Perry Ellis and LaGerald Vick adding 11 apiece. Vick also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Nic Moore, who was the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year at SMU last season, dished out six assists with Kansas’ Frank Mason III racking up five himself.
The Americans shot 59 percent from the field (which includes a 5-for-16 fourth quarter), and one night after struggling mightily from beyond the arc against Serbia they rebounded to shoot 10-for-17 from three. Next up for Self’s team will be Lithuania in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
With Devonte’ Graham going down with a partially torn quad tendon, Kansas head coach Bill Self stated that he wanted to add another guard to his roster in advance of next month’s World University Games in South Korea. Saturday the coach did just that, with FGCU senior guard Julian DeBose being the addition according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
DeBose, who plays for former Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, averaged 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles in 2014-15. The 6-foot-4 guard shot 43.1 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc last season, and his addition gives the team some additional depth on the perimeter.
“He’s a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard who has been playing for Joe so he understands at least in theory what we are trying to do both offensively and defensively, Self told the Journal-World.
“Joe wanted us to take him all along,” Self added. “We decided to take our guys plus Nic (Moore, SMU). Then when Devonté got hurt (quad injury) we obviously needed to add somebody. He’ll be here today and be involved in everything starting tomorrow.”
With Graham and Brannen Greene (hip) out due to injury and Svi Mykhailiuk (Ukraine) unavailable, Self was in a position where he needed to add another piece on the perimeter for this trip. DeBose joins Moore, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden, LeGerald Vick, Evan Manning and Tyler Self as the guards headed to South Korea.
Before heading abroad the Jayhawks will play two exhibition games against Canada, the first of which being scheduled for Tuesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.