Big 12 Player of the year is Kansas junior Marcus Morris. The Philadelphia native finished the regular season averaging almost 19 points and seven rebounds per game. He shot better than 60% from the floor, helping the Jayhawks clinch their seventh straight Big 12 regular season title. Morris earned three Big 12 Player of the week honors this season.
Big 12 Defensive player of the year is Texas senior Dogus Balbay. The Turkey native anchored a Longhorn defense that finished atop the Big 12 in scoring defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. He ended the season among Big 12 leaders in assists, and averaged about 5 points per game.
Big 12 Newcomer of the year is Missouri’s Ricardo Ratliffe. The transfer from Central Florida Community College anchored the Tiger frontcourt by finishing among the league leaders in offensive rebounding. He scored about ten points per game and finishes with two Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors this season.
Big 12 Sixth Man Awards go to Colorado’s Levi Knutson and Baylor’s Quincy Acy. Knutson was one of the best 3-point shooters in the Big 12 this season, hitting almost 50% of his shots from beyond the arc, while Acy finished in the top ten of overall rebounding and blocked shots.
Big 12 Freshman of the year is Tristan Thompson of the Texas Longhorns. The Ontario, Canada native led the Big 12 in offensive rebounds and blocks while averaging about 14 points per game. He earned three Big 12 Rookie of the week honors this season and scored in double-digits in more than 20 games this year.
Big 12 coach of the year is Kansas’ Bill Self. Coaches and media ranked KU among the nation’s best all season as his squad clinched its 11th Big 12 title with a 14-2 conference record. This is Self’s third career Big 12 Coach of the year honor.
Colorado’s Alec Burks earns a spot on this year’s team after scoring more than 20 points per game in conference play and finished tied for the league lead in rebounding. The sophomore from Grandview, Missouri also finished in the top ten of the league in field goal percentage, shooting better than 40%.
Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen earns his second career All-Big 12 First Team honor this season after averaging almost 22 points per game in his senior season with the Wildcats — enough to lead the Big 12 in scoring. Pullen ranked among league leaders in steals, assists, 3-point percentage, and minutes played.
Marcus Morris of Kansas is an All-Big 12 First team member after earning Big 12 player of the year honors…
He’s joined on the All-Big 12 team by Texas sophomore Jordan Hamilton. The Los Angeles native averaged about 18 points and eight rebounds per game while ranking among the league leaders in field goal percentage, making more than 40% of his shots.
Missouri’s Marcus Denmon is on this year’s All-Big 12 team. The junior from Kansas City averaged more than 15 points per game and finished among the league leaders in steals and field-goal percentage.
Baylor’s Lacedarius Dunn is the final member of this year’s All-Big 12 First team. The senior from Monroe, Louisiana led BU with almost 18 points and 36 minutes per game. He finishes his career with the Bears as the Big 12’s All-time leading scorer.
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