That’s more or less what Alexander did on Monday night during No. 5 Kansas’ 85-53 decimation of Washburn at Allen Fieldhouse, an expected beatdown in the Jayhawks’ exhibition opener.
In only 17 minutes of work, Alexander finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, a rather beastly night of production on his first test run of Allen Fieldhouse.
…For Kansas, of course, the first exhibition game always doubles as an introduction to a cast of newcomers. So let’s get the pleasantries out of the way. Freshman guard Devonte’ Graham, who started in the backcourt, appears to be the most poised and game ready, while wings Kelly Oubre Jr. (nine points) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (six points) each offered flashes of what they do best.
Oubre juiced the old barn with a thunderous left-handed jam that pushed Kansas’ lead to 65-32 with more than 11 minutes to play. Mykhailiuk stalked the perimeter and cashed in two of five from beyond the three-point line. Graham, meanwhile, showcased a steady hand in the backcourt, finishing with seven points and three assists while playing alongside sophomore combo guard Frank Mason.
But the memorable first impression mostly belonged to Alexander, who began the night on the bench and then offered a five-minute clinic on the power forward position.