Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks got back to their winning ways on Wednesday with a 77-68 victory over No. 25 TCU.
While junior forward Dedric Lawson stole the show with a double-double, it was a freshman who earned some of Self’s highest praise.
Following the win over TCU, Self spoke glowingly about freshman guard Ochai Agbaji, who made his debut with seven points and four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
“I thought he was great. He had so much poise and he had never been in a big game,” said Self, per Jayhawk Insider transcription. “I think he is a pretty cool kid. I did not expect him to play 25 minutes, but I am not surprised he played this well.”
Agbaji had one of the highlights of the night with an impactful dunk on his first possession on the floor.
Dedric Lawson, who led the team with 24 points and 14 rebounds in the win over TCU, also had high praise for the freshman guard.
“He looks so comfortable out there, not rushing everything, making his shots,” Lawson said. “He made game-winning plays. You have to tip your cap to a guy who wasn’t highly recruited and I am glad he played.”
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Agbaji was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, per 247Sports.
Kansas improved to 13-2 on the season with last night’s win.