Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks have one of the best back courts in college basketball with Frank Mason and Devonte Graham. If you’ve watched any of their games this season, you’ve probably heard how they weren’t highly-touted coming out of high school and had other destinations planned prior to Self’s interest. Mason was headed for Towson, while Graham was on his way to Appalachian State. They ultimately ended up in Kansas like Dorothy, but instead of a trio of goofy companions coach Self had a different group in mind.
The trio of Mason, Graham and the best freshman in the country – Josh Jackson – combined for 27 of Kansas’ 39 points in the 2nd half, and also 12 of 13 in overtime. You want to talk about a Big 3…
Josh Jackson is incredible, though. Nathan Adrian had his number in the first meeting, evidenced by the tweet above, but at some point in the rematch Jackson woke up and realized no one in college basketball should be able to contain him. The potential No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft was a handful for WVU, as he scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, collected five steals and dished out three assists. And he was six-of-eight from the free throw line, something to hang your hat on if you’re a true freshman.