After seeing a significant increase in his numbers through his first three seasons with the Kansas basketball team, Dajuan Harris is averaging fewer points and steals across KU's 11 games in the 2023-24 season. He also is averaging more turnovers on a lower field goal percentage. However, when he does shoot the ball efficiently, the Jayhawks are a much better team.
In Saturday's 75-71 victory over Indiana, Harris poured in 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting. It was the first time in seven contests that he eclipsed double digits in the scoring department, and he even connected on a few late-game jump hooks to seal the win. That prompted college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein to dig deeper into how Kansas performs when Harris is putting the ball in the net, and the statistic he found is pretty surprising. Here is what he pointed out on X (formerly known as Twitter).
"Kansas is now 27-1 over the past four years in games where Dajuan Harris scores in double figures.- Jon Rothstein, X
The one loss?
A one-point defeat to Arkansas in last season's NCAA Tournament when Bill Self was not available to coach due to health issues."
To put it in simpler terms, Kansas needs Harris to be more aggressive on the offensive end. We have seen that he is capable of scoring with his heroics against Kentucky in the Champions Classic, but it absolutely kills the flow offensively when he misses his shots and is careless with his passes.
Another thing worth noting is that Harris shot 50% or better in 24 of those 28 games. Meanwhile, in the 89 career games where he scored nine or fewer points, he shot above 50% in just 30 of them. It is clear that Dajuan being an efficient scorer is one of the most important factors for this KU team.
There is no doubt that Dajuan Harris can play like one of the best point guards in college basketball. The question is whether he can be consistent enough with his shot-making — especially when the Jayhawks will need it most in March.