March 10, 2004
DALLAS - Oklahoma State senior Tony Allen and head coach Eddie Sutton highlight the 2004 Coaches All-Big 12 Team, the conference office announced Wednesday. It marks the fourth time in the last five years the Big 12 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year come from the same institution.
Allen was the coaches' vote for Big 12 Player of the Year as the mentors chose first, second, third, and honorable mention teams in addition to player, newcomer, and freshman of the year. Coaches were not allowed vote for their own players on the ballot. In all there are 31 student-athletes represented on the 2004 all-conference squad.
Allen, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year last season, led Oklahoma State to its first conference championship since tying Kansas for the Big Eight title in 1990-91. The Chicago native ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.1 ppg), leads the league in steals per game (2.1) and is 19th in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Other student-athletes who received player of the year votes from the coaches include Texas Tech senior Andre Emmett, Oklahoma State junior John Lucas, and Kansas junior Wayne Simien.
Oklahoma State junior Joey Graham is the coaches' selection for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The forward from Brandon, Fla., transferred from the University of Central Florida and ranks 22nd in the conference in scoring (11.5 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.565). Graham is the fifth Big 12 Newcomer of the Year for Oklahoma State in the last seven years, joining Tony Allen in 2003, Maurice Baker in 2001 and Doug Gottlieb in 1998. Gottlieb was the Associated Press selection while Colorado's Kenny Price was the coaches' choice. Others who received coaches votes for 2004 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year included Kansas State junior Jeremiah Massey and Missouri junior Jason Conley.
Big 12 Freshman of the Year goes to Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson. The Bronx, N.Y., native led the Cyclones in scoring with 15.4 points per game, ranking 10th in the league. He was also among Big 12 leaders in assists (third with 4.6 apg), steals (fifth with 1.7 spg) and rebounding (15th with 6.1 rpg). Former Big 12 Freshmen of the Year selections from Iowa State include Jake Sullivan (2001) and Marcus Fizer (1998). Others who received coaches' votes for Big 12 Freshman of the Year included Oklahoma guard Drew Lavender, Texas forward P.J. Tucker, Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson and Missouri forward Linas Kleiza.
In his 14th season at Oklahoma State and 34th season overall, Sutton has guided the Cowboys to their first Big 12 Conference championship and the No. 7 ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Sutton has guided OSU to 20 victories in 12 of his 14 seasons, including the last seven consecutive, the longest such streak in school history. This season the Cowboys were 15-0 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, their first undefeated home season since 1994-95.
Joining Allen on the coaches' All-Big 12 first team are Lucas, Simien, Emmett, and Colorado junior David Harrison. Emmett becomes the first player in Big 12 history to be named first team all-conference three consecutive seasons. He is the leading scorer in Big 12 history with 2,179 points heading into this week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, March 11-14 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Simien ranked second in the conference in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg). Lucas (14.9 ppg, 4.8 apg) and Harrison (17.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg) were both honorable mention All-Big 12 honorees last season.
The Big 12 Coach of the Year and Player of the year also hailed from the same school in 1997 (Kansas' Roy Williams and Raef LaFrentz), 2000 (Iowa State's Larry Eustachy and Marcus Fizer), 2001 (Eustachy and Jamaal Tinsley), and 2002 (Williams and Drew Gooden).
2003-04 Men's Basketball Coaches All-Big 12 Team
Wayne Simien, Kansas (Jr., F, 17.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, Leavenworth, Kan.)
Andre Emmett, Texas Tech (Sr., G, 20.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, Dallas, Texas)
Tony Allen, Oklahoma State (Sr., G, 16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, Chicago, Ill.)
John Lucas, Oklahoma State (Jr., G, 14.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, Houston, Texas)
David Harrison, Colorado (Jr., C, 17.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, Nashville, Tenn.)
Brandon Mouton, Texas (Sr., G, 13.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, Lafayette, La.)
Arthur Johnson, Missouri (Sr., F/C, 15.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, Detroit, Mich.)
Rickey Paulding, Missouri (Sr., G, 15.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, Detroit, Mich.)
Michel Morandais, Colorado (Sr., G/F, 16.4 ppg, 3.2 apg, Guadeloupe, French West Indies)
Keith Langford, Kansas (Jr., G, 16.1 ppg, 3.5 apg, Fort Worth, Texas)
Jackson Vroman, Iowa State (Sr., C/F, 13.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, Bountiful, Utah)
Aaron Miles, Kansas (Jr., G, 9.4 ppg, 7.4 apg, Portland, Ore.)
Nate Johnson, Nebraska (Jr., G, 13.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, Kansas City, Kan.)
Joey Graham, Oklahoma State (Jr., F, 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, Brandon, Fla.)
Jeremiah Massey, Kansas State (Jr., F, 15.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, Detroit, Mich.)
Brian Boddicker, Texas (Sr., F); Travon Bryant, Missouri (Sr., F); J.R. Giddens, Kansas (Fr., G); Royal Ivey, Texas (Sr., G); Jason Klotz, Texas (Jr., C); Drew Lavender, Oklahoma (Fr., G); Ivan McFarlin, Oklahoma State (Sr., F); Andy Slocum, Texas A&M (Sr., C); Curtis Stinson, Iowa State (Fr., G); Jake Sullivan, Iowa State (Sr., G); Harvey Thomas, Baylor (Jr., F); James Thomas, Texas (Sr., C); Terrence Thomas, Baylor (Sr., F); P.J. Tucker, Texas (Fr., F); Blair Wilson, Colorado (Sr., G/F); Antoine Wright, Texas A&M (So., F/G)
Player of the Year - Tony Allen, Oklahoma State (Sr., G, 16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, Chicago, Ill.)
Newcomer of the Year - Joey Graham, Oklahoma State (Jr., F, 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, Brandon, Fla.)
Freshman of the Year - Curtis Stinson, Iowa State (Fr., G, 15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, Bronx, N.Y.)
Coach of the Year - Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State