Hield Repeats As AP Releases Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards
Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield became the first two-time winner of the Associated Press Big 12 men’s basketball Player of the Year.
The AP released its men’s basketball postseason honors on Monday, March 7, with Hield a unanimous winner of the Player of the Year, receiving all 20 votes cast.
Kansas coach Bill Self was the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the fifth time, receiving 12 of the 20 votes.
Iowa State’s Deonte Burton is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, edging out OSU freshman guard Jawun Evans for the award.
The AP first team All-Big 12 consists of Hield, Kansas forward Perry Ellis, Iowa State forward Georges Niang, Iowa State guard Monte Morris, and Texas guard Isaiah Taylor.
The second team had six players due to a tie in the voting: Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler, Baylor forwards Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, Kansas guard Frank Mason, West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige, and West Virginia forward Devin Williams.
The Big 12 Tournament begins Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Oklahoma State will start the event by playing Kansas State at 6:00 pm, while Oklahoma begins on Thursday night when they meet Iowa State at around 8:15 pm.