Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Marcus Garrett

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) whips a pass to the wing during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) whips a pass to the wing during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Marcus Garrett

The official record for fewest turnovers in a season is nowhere to be found in the KU media guide. And the reason is probably simple.

There are too many guys who could/would qualify for the record unless the Jayhawks put some kind of disclaimer on the record, like “minimum 20 games” or something like that.

They do it for 3-pointers and 3-point attempts. And the same concept is used for field goals and free throws. So why no do it for turnovers? But I guess you can’t include everything.

The only mention of any kind of turnover record I could find in last year’s media guide was on Page 175, where it listed Raef LaFrentz as the record holder for most minutes in a game without a turnover — 47 in a double-overtime loss at Missouri in 1997 — and Tyshawn Taylor as the record holder for most turnovers in a single game, with 11 in a loss to Duke at the Maui Invitational in 2011.

What’s the reason for even bringing this up? I think Garrett could make a run at the record.... whatever it is.

Because I could not find the overall record anywhere, I looked back at the Bill Self era. Makes sense, right? I mean, Self team, Self style, why not look at who turned it over and who didn’t under Self?

Putting the disclaimer of having to have played in at least 30 games to qualify, I found that former KU forward Bryant Nash and former KU guard Tyrel Reed share the Bill Self record for fewest turnovers in a season by a player appearing in at least 30 games for a Bill Self-coached team.

Nash turned it over 15 times in 30 games in Self’s first season (2003-04) and Reed, who played a much bigger role, turned it over just 15 times in 36 games during the 2009-10 season.

Garrett is the defending champ, if you will, on this year’s squad, having led the Jayhawks with fewest turnovers (30) a season ago in a whopping 39 games.

Garrett finished turnoverless in 13 of those 39 games and also finished with just one turnover in 22 games. In addition to that, he never had more than two turnovers in a game and should be much more comfortable heading into his sophomore season.

Keeping it to 15 or fewer no doubt will be tough, but Garrett should benefit from the fact that Devon Dotson, Charlie Moore and even Quentin Grimes figure to handle the ball more than he will and his solid fundamentals, good vision and sound decision making also will aid him in the quest to keep his turnovers down.

Let’s say KU gets back to the Final Four, as they will be favored to do in the eyes of several college basketball fans and analysts across the country.

Assuming he stays healthy and KU makes the finals of the Big 12 tournament — win or lose — that would give Garrett at least 39 games this season, which would mean he could turn the ball over once every 2.6 games.

That’s a tall task and certainly should not be counted on, given the difficulty of KU’s schedule. But if there’s a Jayhawk who’s ready to make a run at the Self-era record, it’s Garrett. And, either way, he’s the smart bet to lead the regular rotation guys in fewest turnovers for the second year in a row.

Here’s a look at the Bill Self leaders in fewest turnovers per season, minimum 30 games:

• Bryant Nash – 15 in 30 games – 2003-04

• Mike Lee – 39 in 30 games – 2004-05

• Sasha Kaun – 23 in 33 games – 2005-06

• Sasha Kaun – 30 in 35 games – 2006-07

• Cole Aldrich – 21 in 40 games – 2007-08

• Travis Releford – 22 in 32 games – 2008-09

• Tyrel Reed – 15 in 36 games – 2009-10

• Mario Little – 19 in 32 games – 2010-11

• Naadir Tharpe – 22 in 32 games – 2011-12

• Perry Ellis – 20 in 37 games – 2012-13

• Tarik Black – 23 in 33 games – 2013-14

• Brannen Greene – 30 in 35 games – 2014-15

• Svi Mykhailiuk – 26 in 35 games – 2015-16

• Carlton Bragg Jr. – 28 in 31 games – 2016-17

• Marcus Garrett – 30 in 39 games – 2017-18

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

- Junior forward Mitch Lightfoot

- Junior forward Dedric Lawson

- Sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa

- Sophomore guard Charlie Moore

- Freshman guard Quentin Grimes

- Freshman guard Devon Dotson

- Freshman forward David McCormack


Joe Joseph

Marcus Garrett is good. Real good. People don't yet appreciate how good Marcus Garrett is.

But they will.

7 months, 1 week ago


Dan Burns

Joe, I hope your right but I don't think we'll see much until his senior year other than defense and toughness. His shot was none-existent last season. Even on the charity stripe, we didn't see consistency, however, like you, I really like this guy.

7 months ago


Steve Zimmerman

IMHO, #TO stat is more meaningful if someone is more actively passing, shooting the ball. Sure Marcus' TO was very low last season, but we have to look at whether he had good assist#, FG% as well. Someone might be just a weaver, with no TOs, but low assist# and scoring at the same time. That's what I feel what Marcus did last season. He wasn't actively participating in shooting or creating shots for others, but more of a facilitator in coach's weaving at the top of key. But Joe is right, Marcus is good, he can be real good. He has to show up, though. This kid can be explosive (remember his dunk vs WV, or Duke, can't recall), but that's like very rare. I'm very eager to see him growing as a solid contributor in FG% and assists this coming season. He has all the tools, he just need to use them during each game. He needs to practice lots of jumpshots, quick Js - he's going to need that if he wants to amp up his game. Godspeed, Garrett!

7 months, 1 week ago


Dirk Medema

TO / minute

7 months, 1 week ago


Mike Hart

Yes.. games played is a meaningless statistic with respect to turnovers. Let's face it... the "leader" for this record is Bryant Nash? He barely even PLAYED. Bryant averaged 4.9 mins/game. And Bryant was "tied" with Tyrel Reed.. who averaged 15.6 mins/game. Reed was a guard who actually had the ball in his hands while he was out there, while Nash was a garbage time, space-filler. Surely there are more substantive things to write about... or at least write about it on a minutes/TO basis like Dirk advises above. If you look at Tyrel Reed's FRESHMAN year, he played 23 games... 6.3 minutes a game or 145 mins. That's 2 less minutes than Nash (30 games, 4.9 mins/game)... and Reed had just 5 turnovers... to Nash's 15. Nash commited a turnover every 10 minutes he was out there... whereas Reed committed a turnover every 29 mins.

7 months ago


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