Big non-conference wins have rewarded Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and Deonte Burton (Iowa State) with the final Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week for the 2015 calendar year. Hield is honored for the second time this season, while Burton earns accolades for the first time.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, 6-4, 214, Sr., Freeport, Bahamas/Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.]
Hield was named MVP of the Diamond Head Classic as the Sooners won three games in route to the title. The senior guard averaged 28.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, combining for a total of 86 points to set a new tournament scoring record. He set a career-high with 34 points in Friday’s championship game versus Harvard, his fourth 30-point outing of the year. Hield shot 60.5 percent (26-of-43) over the three games, including 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from 3-point range, while making 21-of-22 (.955) from the free throw line. He has scored 25 or more points in five straight contests, the first Sooner to accomplish the feat since 1994-95 (Ryan Minor).
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Deonte Burton, Iowa State, G, 6-4, 250, Jr., Milwaukee, Wis./Vincent/Marquette
Burton helped the Cyclones record a big road victory with an 81-79 win at No. 22 Cincinnati. The junior guard, who became eligible a week ago after transferring to Iowa State, scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes against the Bearcats. He connected on his only 3-point field goal attempt and also had an assist on a nifty bounce pass in transition to Monte Morris. Burton also added one rebound in route to his 17th career double-figure scoring effort.
2015-16 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards
|Date||Player of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|November 16||Rico Gathers, Baylor, F, Sr.||Vladimir Brodziansky, TCU, F, So.|
|Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State, F, Jr.|
|November 23||Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr.||Chris Olivier, Oklahoma State, F, Sr.|
|November 30||Monté Morris, Iowa State, G, Jr.||Eric Davis Jr., Texas, G, Fr.|
|Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas, G, Jr.|
|December 7||Taurean Prince, Baylor, F, Sr.||Dean Wade, Kansas State, F, Fr.|
|December 14||Jameel McKay, Iowa State, F, Sr.||Eric Davis Jr., Texas, G, Fr.|
|Javan Felix, Texas, G, Sr.|
|December 21||Cameron Ridley, Texas, C, Sr.||Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.|
|December 28||Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr.||Deonte Burton, Iowa State, G, Jr.|