Well, early on in the contest with the Jayhawks clinging to a 13-10 lead, the effects of senior night showed as back court guards Elijah Johnson and Kevin Young connected for two.
If you watch the set, you should instantly give credit to head coach Bill Self. The play in which Johnson tossed the pass up for Young to catch and finish was clearly a designed set. Young began on the opposite block and came off a ball screen and reversal which cleared the right hand side of the court.
Upon the reversal to Johnson, Young was wide open with virtually no help defense. The pass however, may have been a bit short or at least a little off from what Johnson wanted. However, that didn’t matter. Young adjusted and finished with an easy reverse alley-oop dunk that is worth checking out.
Here is the video clip of the set and finish by Young:
Johnson and Young both sit at fourth and fifth respectively on the team in scoring, but each of the seniors continue to find ways to help out this Jayhawks squad alongside their more defined roles. We know of the outbreak that Johnson had scoring the basketball the other night, but it’s just their productivity across the line that will be tough to overcome next season.
Johnson for instance, is averaging 10.2 points, but that’s in addition to 3.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Young is similar, scoring 7.9 points per contest, but that’s alongside 6.9 rebounds.
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