Big XII Basketball Awards Announced

Yesterday marked the release of the Big XII Basketball awards. There is a good crop of players in the conference and weeding out the boys from the men was not something that was as easy as it may have been in past seasons. When thinking Big XII Basketball, names such as Perry Jones III or Royce White or Thomas Robinson come to mind, and these are just a few.

However, the biggest surprise is that the Oklahoma Sooners were unable to land a name on the list (outside of an honorable mention). Sure, they didn't play particularly well in conference play as a whole, but there were some stand out players. Romero Osby remained consistent throughout the season while Sam Grooms ranks among the top in the nation in categories. Some players were able to come on late, which in the eyes of the coaches bumped names like these and Steven Pledger down a few notches.

Congrats to all those who were mentioned. Without any further ado, here is the list of awards.

2011-12 PHILLIPS 66 ALL-BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Year: Thomas Robinson, Kansas, F, Jr., 6-10, 237, Washington, D.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeff Withey, Kansas, C, Jr., 7-0, 235, San Diego, Calif./Horizon
Newcomer of the Year: Royce White, Iowa State, F, So., 6-8, 270, Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins/Minnesota**
Co-Freshman of the Year: Quincy Miller, Baylor, F, Fr., 6-9, 210, High Point, N.C./Westchester Country Day School
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State, G/F, Fr., 6-7, 230, Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
Sixth Man Award: Michael Dixon, Missouri, G, Jr., 6-1, 185, Kansas City, Mo./Lee's Summit West**
Co-Coaches of the Year: Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State [Career and at ISU: 38-25, 2nd season]
Bill Self, Kansas [Career: 470-156, 19th season; At KU: 263-51, 9th season]
Ties in the voting created additional spots for Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year

All-Big 12 First Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Royce White, Iowa State** F 6-8 270 So. Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins/Minnesota
Thomas Robinson, Kansas** F 6-10 237 Jr. Washington, D.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas** G 6-3 185 Sr. Hoboken, N.J./St. Anthony
Marcus Denmon, Missouri G 6-3 185 Sr. Kansas City, Mo./Hogan Prep
J'Covan Brown, Texas G 6-1 197 Jr. Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial
All-Big 12 Second Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Quincy Acy, Baylor F 6-7 235 Sr. Mesquite, Texas/Horn
Pierre Jackson, Baylor G 5-10 180 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines/College of Southern Idaho
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State G 6-4 205 Jr. Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri F 6-8 240 Sr. Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan/Central Florida CC
Keiton Page, Oklahoma State G 5-9 165 Sr. Pawnee, Okla./Pawnee
All-Big 12 Third Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Perry Jones III, Baylor F 6-11 235 So. Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville
Scott Christopherson, Iowa State G 6-3 195 Sr. LaCrosse, Wis./Aquinas/Marquette
Jeff Withey, Kansas C 7-0 235 Jr. San Diego, Calif./Horizon
Kim English, Missouri G 6-6 200 Sr. Baltimore, Md./Randallstown/Notre Dame Prep
Phil Pressey, Missouri G 5-10 175 So. Dallas, Texas/Dallas Episcopal
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Quincy Miller (Baylor), Chris Allen (Iowa State), Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), Jamar Samuels (Kansas State), Steven Pledger (Oklahoma), Romero Osby (Oklahoma), Le'Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Myck Kabongo (Texas), Elston Turner (Texas A&M), David Loubeau (Texas A&M)
Big 12 All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Quincy Acy, Baylor** F 6-7 235 Sr. Mesquite, Texas/Horn
Jeff Withey, Kansas** C 7-0 235 Jr. San Diego, Calif./Horizon
Jordan Henriquez, Kansas State F 6-11 250 Jr. Port Chester, N.Y./The Winchendon School [Mass.]
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State G 6-4 205 Jr. Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
Michael Dixon, Missouri G 6-1 185 Jr. Kansas City, Mo./Lee's Summit West
Big 12 All-Rookie Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Pierre Jackson, Baylor** G 5-10 180 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines/College of Southern Idaho
Quincy Miller, Baylor F 6-9 210 Fr. High Point, N.C./Westchester Country Day School
Royce White, Iowa State** F 6-8 270 So. Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins/Minnesota
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State G/F 6-7 230 Fr. Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
Myck Kabongo, Texas G 6-1 169 Fr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/St. Benedict's Prep [N.J.]

** - Unanimous Selection

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