Sooners Sweep Big 12 Athlete of Year Awards

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A pair of athletes from the University of Oklahoma won the two Big 12 Athlete of the Year Awards announced on Tuesday, July 26.

OU senior guard Buddy Hield won the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year, and OU sophomore pitcher Paige Parker is the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year.

It’s the first time a pair of Sooner athletes have swept those Big 12 awards, and the 6th time in conference  history one school has won both awards.

Hield was the consensus national player of the year in men’s basketball, leading OU to their first Final Four since 2002.

He was selected 6th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Draft in June.

Parker was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, and led OU to their third national championship in school history.

She didn’t lose a single game in conference play and was named the Women’s College World Series most outstanding player.

Parker is the third Sooner to win the Big 12 female award in the last four years, all of them softball players, joining Keilani Ricketts in 2013 and Lauren Chamberlain in 2015.

Parker is the fourth Sooner to win the female award.

Basketball player Stacey Dales won in 2002.

Hield is the fourth Sooner to win the Big 12 male award and the first since Sam Bradford in 2009.

The other OU male winners are Jason White in 2004 and Josh Heupel in 2001.