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Jayhawks Sweep Weekly Menís Basketball Honors
January 20, 2014

Kansas teammates Naadir Tharpe and Joel Embiid have been named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week after Jayhawk victories against two top 10 opponents last week. It is the first weekly accolade for Tharpe, while Embiid is the top rookie for the second time. Six different KU players have captured at least one weekly honor this season.

Naadir Tharpe, Kansas, G, Jr., 5-11, 170, Worcester, Mass./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Tharpe was the catalyst as Kansas recorded victories at No. 8 Iowa State (77-70) and versus No. 9 Oklahoma State (80-78). The junior guard averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while making 82.4 percent (14-of-17) of his shots from the field. He started the week with a career-high 23 points at ISU on 7-of-9 shooting before adding 21 points against the Cowboys, making 7-of-8 shots from the floor in that game. Tharpe was 6-of-8 (.750) from 3-point range during the week and connected on 9-of-10 (.900) from the free throw line.

Joel Embiid, Kansas, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Yaounde, Cameroon/The Rock School [Fla.]
Embiid made his presence felt in the two Jayhawk wins by averaging a double-double (14.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg) while adding 13 blocked shots in the two contests. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and five rejections in the game at Hilton Coliseum before adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks versus OSU. Against the Cowboys, he became the first freshman in Big 12 history to have 10 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and eight blocked shots in a game. The eight rejections set the KU freshman single-game record, tied the Big 12 freshman record for all contests and broke the mark for a conference game. Embiid has 49 blocks this season, third on the Kansas single-season freshman list.

2013-14 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards

  Player Newcomer
Nov. 11 Naz Long, Iowa State, G, So. DeAndre Kane, Iowa State, G, Sr.
    Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma, F, So.
Nov. 18 Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, F, Sr. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, G, Fr.
  Perry Ellis, Kansas, F, So.  
Nov. 25 Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, So. DeAndre Kane, Iowa State, G, Sr.
Dec. 2 Cory Jefferson, Baylor, F, Sr. Joel Embiid, Kansas, C, Fr.
Dec. 9 Dustin Hogue, Iowa State, F, Jr. Kenny Chery, Baylor, G, Jr.
    Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma, F, So.
Dec. 16 Georges Niang, Iowa State, F, So. Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma, G, Fr.
Dec. 23 Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, G, Sr. Tarik Black, Kansas, F, Sr.
Dec. 30 DeAndre Kane, Iowa State, G, Sr. Nathan Adrian, West Virginia, F, Fr. 
Jan. 6 DeAndre Kane, Iowa State, G, Sr. Marcus Foster, Kansas State, G, Fr.
Jan. 13 Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, So.   Wayne Selden, Kansas, G, Fr.
Jan. 20 Naadir Tharpe, Kansas, G, Jr. Joel Embiid, Kansas, C, Fr.



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