Tier 2: Baby Jays
4. Nicolas Timberlake
Nicolas got the start with Kevin sidelined with an injury. Timberlake got 31 minutes of action. He had an up-and-down night with multiple big plays and some head-scratchers as well. Timberlake hit two big threes and had a nice dunk in transition of his steal. Nicolas finished 3-for-8 from the field. He did have some lapses on defense, including leaving his man Jayden Nunn wide open for a potential game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left. He was fortunate it was a miss, and Nicolas tracked down the rebound. But he couldn't cash in as he missed the front end of the 1-and-1. We don't win without his contributions, so it was good to see the ball go into the basket for him. Timberlake knocked down eight points, two rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers.
5. Hunter Dickinson
Hunter had a nice scoring first half, pacing the Jayhawks with 13 points. He cooled off and only added two points in the second half. Hunter was targeted on defense as his man consistently set a high ball screen and rolled that Hunter struggled to get back and cover. His man Yves Missi, who averaged 10.5 points coming in, had 21 points. Hunter led us in scoring, so we wouldn't win without his points and rebounds, but defensively he was not there tonight. Hunter finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers.
6. Parker Braun
Parker played eight minutes and played his role well. Braun gave up one offensive rebound early but responded after with solid defense and moved the ball the rest of his action. Braun had two points, one rebound, and no turnovers. As Hunter struggled in the second half to produce, I would have liked to see a little more Braun, who provides us with a better defensive presence when Hunter is looking tired out there. Braun has shown he is more than capable of providing solid minutes off the bench and has been our most consistent bench player.