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Sooners' Hield Leads All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors
March 08, 2015
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After becoming the first Sooner to lead the Big 12 in scoring since 2008-09, junior guard Buddy Hield has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Iowa State's Jameel McKay was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year, while OU's TaShawn Thomas is the Newcomer of the Year. Texas forward Myles Turner is the Freshman of the Year, with Baylor's Taurean Prince earning the Sixth Man Award. Bob Huggins of West Virginia was selected as Big 12 Coach of the Year for the first time.

Hield's 17.4 points per game was the best in the league for all games played, while his 18.5-point average also ranked first in conference competition. He ranked in the top 15 in rebounding (5.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.424), free throw shooting (.804) and steals (43). The junior has scored in double figures in all but one Big 12 game, including 20 points or more eight times. Hield is the second Sooner (Blake Griffin, 2008-09) to earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors.

McKay became eligible in December and finished third in conference play in rebounding with 7.4 boards per game. The junior was second in blocks with 45 in 18 league contests, while his total of 50 rejections overall was third among Big 12 players despite playing in just 21 games. He has finished the regular season strong, posting double-doubles in the final three outings. McKay is the first Cyclone to be named the Big 12's top defender.

Thomas transferred to Oklahoma prior to this season and made an immediate impact. The senior forward scored in double figures 17 times and had 42 blocked shots. He shot 51.4 percent on the season (second in the league), was a three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and has started all 126 games of his career. Thomas is the fifth OU player to be chosen for newcomer accolades.

For the fifth time, the Freshman of the Year is a Texas Longhorn. Turner has 87 blocked shots, three away from the Big 12 single-season freshman record and five short of the school mark. He has recorded at least five blocks in nine different games and also leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg) while placing second in scoring (10.8 ppg).

Among the top 15 in overall scoring and rebounding, Prince established his presence without making one start in Big 12 play. He finished third in conference action with 15.6 points per contest and was fourth in field goal percentage (.473). He has a team-best 25 games in double-figures in 2014-15 and has reached the plateau in 15 consecutive outings. Prince is the third Baylor Bear to win the Sixth Man Award.

Huggins led the Mountaineers to the second-highest win total in the Big 12 after being selected sixth in the conference preseason poll. West Virginia has 11 conference wins for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign and its 23 wins overall are the most since the 2009-10 Final Four season. The award is the 11th Coach of the Year accolade for Huggins in his 33-year coaching career.

The All-Big 12 First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams were also announced, while conference coaches also selected All-Defensive and All-Newcomer Teams. Juwan Staten (West Virginia) was the lone repeat selection on the first team.

The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Coach of the Year: Bob Huggins, West Virginia
Player of the Year: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Jameel McKay, Iowa State
Sixth Man Award: Taurean Prince, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma
Freshman of the Year: Myles Turner, Texas


All-Big 12 First Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Rico Gathers, Baylor F 6-8 275 Jr. LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy
Georges Niang, Iowa State F 6-8 230 Jr. Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School
Perry Ellis, Kansas F 6-8 225 Jr. Wichita, Kan./Wichita Heights
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma G 6-4 212 Jr. Freeport, Bahamas/Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.]
Juwan Staten, West Virginia G 6-1 190 Sr. Dayton, Ohio/Dayton
 
All-Big 12 Second Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Kenny Chery, Baylor G 5-11 180 Sr. Montreal, Quebec/Archbishop Carroll [D.C.]/State Fair CC
Taurean Prince, Baylor F 6-7 215 Jr. San Antonio, Texas/Earl Warren
Monté Morris, Iowa State G 6-2 170 So. Flint, Mich./Beecher
Frank Mason III, Kansas G 5-11 185 So. Petersburg, Va./Massanutten Military Academy
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State F 6-7 235 Sr. Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
 
All-Big 12 Third Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Jameel McKay, Iowa State F 6-9 215 Jr. Milwaukee, Wis./Indian Hills CC [Iowa]/Marquette/Pulaski
TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma F 6-8 242 Sr. Killeen, Texas/University of Houston
Phil Forte, Oklahoma State G 5-11 185 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus
Isaiah Taylor, Texas G 6-1 170 So. Hayward, Calif./The Village School [Texas]
Myles Turner, Texas F 6-11 240 Fr. Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity
 
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Dustin Hogue (Iowa State), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Marcus Foster (Kansas State), Thomas Gipson (Kansas State), Nino Williams (Kansas State), Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Ryan Spangler (Oklahoma), Kyan Anderson (TCU), Jonathan Holmes (Texas), Devin Williams (West Virginia)
 
Big 12 All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Rico Gathers, Baylor F 6-8 275 Jr. LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy
Jameel McKay, Iowa State F 6-9 215 Jr. Milwaukee, Wis./Indian Hills CC [Iowa]/Marquette/Pulaski
Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State F 6-8 230 Sr. Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro
Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State G 5-11 185 Sr. Hopkinsville, Ky./Christian County/LSU
Myles Turner, Texas F 6-11 240 Fr. Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity
Jevon Carter, West Virginia G 6-2 185 Fr. Maywood, Ill./Proviso East
 
Big 12 All-Newcomer Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Jameel McKay, Iowa State** F 6-9 215 Jr. Milwaukee, Wis./Indian Hills CC [Iowa]/Marquette/Pulaski
Kelly Oubre, Kansas G 6-7 200 Fr. New Orleans, La./Findlay Prep [Nev.]
TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma F 6-8 242 Sr. Killeen, Texas/University of Houston
Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State G 5-11 185 Sr. Hopkinsville, Ky./Christian County/LSU
Myles Turner, Texas F 6-11 240 Fr. Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity
** - Unanimous Selection
Ties in the voting created an additional spot on the All-Defensive Team
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