Kansas Jayhawks Player Ratings on racquet sports
The Australian Open is up and running so we’re excited for several months of Grand Slam tennis action. Sounds good to me as I love tennis. Side note on racquet sports: You know what’s hot right now? pickle ball Because of these two things, we rank player performances based on racquet sports, and if you’re a traditionalist like me, you’ll like these. If you’re a pickleball enthusiast, look the other way. Here are the highly “scientific” criteria we use to rank players:
5 stars: Exceptional performance. This is a difficult rating to achieve and reserved for only the most impressive or impactful performances.
4.5 stars: Very strong performance, packed stat sheet, undeniable intangibles.
4 stars: A strong performance that falls just short of the above standards.
3 stars: Average performance. It could also be a very strong game in one aspect but a very bad game in another, such as: B. 15 points but seven turnovers. Could also be that the player played, did his job, but didn’t do much spectacular.
2 Stars: Below average performance or we just have higher expectations of the player that night.
1 Star: Rare, but when a player has a Stinker in all aspects.
Memorial No Star: Named for a former KU walk-on or Obscure player, and is awarded to players who did not have enough game time to contribute or whose performance does not otherwise deserve credit.
5 Stars: Tennis
The undisputed king of racquet sports. There was never a doubt. I have quite an affinity for watching the big tennis tournaments on TV and when the game is good it’s the best sports TV to watch.
Nothing was as good as a tennis match at the highest level.
4.5 Stars: Racquetball
I took racquetball at KU for my PE elective and came third at the end of the semester tournament. There needs to be more access to racquetball courts. Public courts must be a thing. We have tennis courts everywhere, why not racquetball? Reserve a spot for $5/hour? Sold.
Nobody was that good.
4 stars: table tennis/table tennis
One of the best basement games to play while drinking, and I’m not even talking about beer pong, I’m talking reality. The downside: the guy who owns the ping-pong table will own you if you play against him. That is an undisputed fact.
Jalen Wilson and Grady Dick were all Kansas had in this one. They combined for 47 of KU’s 69 points and made all five of the Jayhawks’ three pointers. The rest of the team was zero for seven. This team is not deep, I say that.
3 Stars: Badminton
The perfect game for a picnic or the 4th of July. It’s really portable and easy to set up. The downside is that sometimes the birdies get garbled and don’t float properly.
Dajuan Harris is clearly crushed. His head is wrong. Four assists and four uncharacteristic turnovers tell you he’s not at his best. He may not have had a concussion, but the effects of landing on his head in Manhattan are still manifesting themselves. I’m glad he has five days to get it right.
Kevin McCullar can now stop taking turn three at any time. A double-double of 14 and 12 is usually enough for a four-star stat, but momentum dies any time this guy raises one out of three at the moment. The lowlight was two in a row that would have taken KU to a nine and with each team unhappily tossing the ball into the crowd and each other’s hands for a good sequence afterwards, who knows where that momentum would have taken KU. I know I finished analyzing this, but when was the last time Kevin pulled a three-pointer out of the corner? Seems like at least five games.
Kansas doesn’t get much off the bench as Joseph Yesufu, Bobby Pettiford, Ernest Ede and MJ Rice combined for two points and six rebounds.
2 Stars: Pickleball
It’s not that I don’t like pickleball, but it gets in the way of my tennis. All these people who are too lazy to run around and play tennis (yes, I’m probably wrongly characterizing huge crowds) are now stealing tennis courts across the country and painting their little “I don’t have to run, but I still play sports!” Lines on a tennis court and then play for hours (you can because you never have to walk) while the rest of us looking for a workout have to sit there and listen to the annoying noise his ball and racket make. No, I’m not bitter, not at all.
That was KJ AdamsWorst game in a long time. Couldn’t make the easy ones in this competition and wasn’t even used in the late stages of the game when KU tried to come back. Finished with four points. I’m sorry I had to compare you to Pickleball, KJ.
1 Star: Pumpkin
Since Frasier and Niles Crane are the only people I’ve ever heard of playing squash, I’m assuming squash is a rich man’s game and is therefore at the bottom of this list.
Nobody was a one star hotel.