Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 2/14/13
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The keys to the Kansas offense are being slowly handed to a sophomore point guard who hardly played last season, and whose performance this year has swung between maddening and marvelous. Sometimes all in the span of a week. Naadir Tharpe has gone from the also-ran bench guy playing garbage minutes to the guy getting the ball in the hands of Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey, the two best players for No. 14 Kansas, when the game is on the line. He's emerging as the next Tyshawn Taylor, the next Aaron Miles, the next Sherron Collins - the next guy to run the offense for one of the nation's marquee programs. "We're playing four perimeter guys and he's one of the four, so he's got a pretty big role," Kansas coach Bill Self acknowledged. "Naadir has had a big role for us for the entire year, but certainly of late. He's played some big minutes lately." Rarely has he been as marvelous as he was Monday night, when he had eight assists and one turnover in 27 minutes again...
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