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    Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Release from the Big 12.

    IRVING, Texas - For the second straight year, a Baylor standout has been named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, as guard Pierre Jackson was honored in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Forward Amath M’Baye (Oklahoma) is the Preseason Newcomer of the Year, while Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) is the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

    Jackson leads BU after dishing out 223 assists last season, the second-best total in school history. He is third among returning Big 12 scorers (13.8 ppg) and had 27 double-figure scoring efforts in 2011-12, including an average of 17.6 points in the final eight contests. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press.

    M’Baye sat out last season after transferring from the University of Wyoming. He is expected to make an immediate impact for the Sooners after starting all 31 games as a sophomore in 2010-11, averaging 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds with 29 blocks. M’Baye is just the second foreign native in Big 12 history to earn one of the three major preseason awards. Victor Avila of Oklahoma (native of Mexico) was picked as the Preseason Newcomer of the Year in 1998-99.

    Smart was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas and led his high school to back-to-back state championships. He averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.8 steals while shooting 66.9 percent. This summer, he started all five games as Team USA won the FIBA Americas U18 Championships. Smart is the second straight OSU player to be named top freshman in the preseason (Le’Bryan Nash) and third in league history (Desmond Mason, 1996-97).

    The Preseason All-Big 12 team was also announced. In addition to Jackson, Jeff Withey (Kansas), Rodney McGruder (K-State), Nash and Myck Kabongo (Texas) were recognized.

    Preseason Player of the Year
    Pierre Jackson, Baylor, G, 5-10, 180, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines/College of Southern Idaho

    Preseason Newcomer of the Year
    Amath M’Baye, Oklahoma, F, 6-9, 215, Jr., Bordeaux, France/University of Wyoming

    Preseason Freshman of the Year
    Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, 6-4, 225, Fr., Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus

    2012-13 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

    Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
    Pierre Jackson, Baylor G 5-10 180 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines/College of Southern Idaho
    Jeff Withey, Kansas** C 7-0 235 Sr. San Diego, Calif./Horizon
    Rodney McGruder, Kansas State** G 6-4 205 Sr. Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
    Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State** G/F 6-7 230 So. Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
    Myck Kabongo, Texas G 6-1 180 So. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/St. Benedict’s Prep [N.J.]

    Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):
    Isaiah Austin, Baylor; Elijah Johnson, Kansas; Romero Osby & Steven Pledger, Oklahoma; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Sheldon McClellan, Texas

    ** - Unanimous Selection



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    I don't get the love for Withey. When I saw him in Ames, he couldn't hold Royce's jock.


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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    All I can say is that it looks like we are under the radar again. Time to roll.


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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    How is Clyburn not Newcomer of the Year? Will was All-MWC and averaged more points and rebounds than M’Baye. M'Baye was only honorable mention in the same conference. How does he get elevated over Clyburn?



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Will got the short end of the stick



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    They are preseason awards, so who gives a ****. Post season awards are the only ones that matter.


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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    The post season award I'm most interested in would be the conference championship...individual awards would just be icing on the cake



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    I don't get the love for Withey. When I saw him in Ames, he couldn't hold Royce's jock.
    using stats from an espn article, KU held opponents to 39% shooting from 2pt range in the ncaa tourney. Whitey blocked 17% of the team's 2pt attempts. that's why coaches love him - his defense is stellar.



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Not to mention basing one game for someones overall performance is a terrible idea.



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    I don't get the love for Withey. When I saw him in Ames, he couldn't hold Royce's jock.
    He had a bad game at ISU, but did you watch KU towards the end of the year, specifically in the tournament? Withey was dominant, and I'm pretty sure he broke the record for blocks in an NCAA tournament run. He had 10 blocks against NC State, and dominated Jared Sullinger and OSU with 8 blocks.



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Screw 'em all. Prove it on the court yet again Cyclones. We have a solid group ready to rock, "the Mayor" coaching and most importantly... HILTON MAGIC!



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    That may be the least-impressive preseason Big 12 team of all time.

    I don't even care about the exclusion of ISU players.

    Take our top 7 vs. the preseason first team (and top HMs) in a head-to-head. I think I'd like our chances.



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    So would we be the first team to win the conference with no pre-season recognition from the coaches?



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    That may be the least-impressive preseason Big 12 team of all time.

    I don't even care about the exclusion of ISU players.

    Take our top 7 vs. the preseason first team (and top HMs) in a head-to-head. I think I'd like our chances.
    No kidding... Mcgruder 1st team? Babb shut him down big time.



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    Re: Preseason Big 12 Hoops Awards

    I don't get the love or hype for Kabongo....I have seen nothing that leads me to believe it...



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