Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced
          Release: 03/07/2005
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March 7, 2005

Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M
Big 12 Coach of the Year

Wayne Simien, Kansas
Big 12 Player of the Year

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DALLAS - Wayne Simien (Kansas) has been named Player of the Year and Taj Gray (Oklahoma) was chosen as Newcomer of the Year, highlighting the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards. Daniel Gibson (Texas) was honored as Freshman of the Year, while Billy Gillispie (Texas A&M) was picked as Coach of the Year.

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

Simien, a unanimous selection, becomes the fourth KU player to earn Big 12 Player of the Year recognition. The senior forward led the Big 12 in scoring (19.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.1), the only player in the conference to average a double-double. He posted 12 games with 20 points or more, including a career-high 32-point effort versus Oklahoma State on Feb. 27. One of his top outings was on March 2 against Kansas State, when he became just the seventh player in Big 12 history to record 20 or more points and rebounds in the same contest. Simien also had seven different games where he was perfect from the free throw line, finishing the regular season hitting at 82.8 percent from the stripe.

Gray is the third player from Oklahoma to garner the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award. The junior forward finished second in the league behind Simien (14) with 10 double-doubles. He led the Sooners in scoring with 14.7 points per game and ranked fourth in the conference in rebounding (7.8). Gray was first in the league with 57 blocks and also led the way with 96 offensive rebounds. He finished the regular season second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.570).

Gibson becomes the second Longhorn (T.J. Ford, 2002) to be tabbed Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The guard topped UT in scoring, averaging 14.5 points to go along with 118 assists. Since the mid-January loss of two of Texas' top scorers, Gibson led UT in scoring in seven of its final 12 contests. He has posted double-figure scoring in 13 of the last 14 outings, including four games with 20 points or better. Gibson was fourth in the conference in steals, with 52 in 29 games.

Gillispie is the first Aggie mentor to be named Big 12 Coach of the Year. He led Texas A&M to a tie (San Diego) for the nation's top turnaround, as the squad posted 12 more wins than a year ago. The Aggies also tied the league mark for best turnaround with its eight-game conference improvement after going winless last season. Gillispie set a school record for most wins by a first-year coach and has the Aggies one win away from their first 20-win campaign since 1986.

The All-Big 12 First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams were also announced, with each league squad represented. Simien and Lucas were unanimous picks on the first team, as both repeated from 2003-04.


Wayne Simien, Kansas, Sr., F, 6-9, 255, Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth**

Taj Gray, Oklahoma, Jr., F, 6-9, 235, Wichita, Kan./Redlands (Okla.) CC

Daniel Gibson, Texas, Fr., G, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas/Jones

Billy Gillispie (Texas State `83) - At Texas A&M: First Season, 19-8 (.703); Career: Third Season, 49-40 (.551)

Wayne Simien, Kansas**Sr.F6-9255Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth
Taj Gray, OklahomaJr.F6-9235Wichita, Kan./Redlands (Okla.) CC
Joey Graham, Oklahoma State**Sr.F6-7225Brandon, Fla./Brandon/UCF
John Lucas, Oklahoma StateSr.G5-11165Houston, Texas/Bellaire
Ronald Ross, Texas TechSr.G6-2185Hobbs, N.M./Hobbs
Curtis Stinson, Iowa StateSo.G6-3215Bronx, N.Y./Bronx Regional/Winchendon Prep
Keith Langford, KansasSr.G6-4215Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley
Jeremiah Massey, Kansas StateSr.F6-7230Detroit, Mich./Oxnard (Calif.) CC
Brad Buckman, TexasJr.F6-8235Austin, Texas/Westlake
Antoine Wright, Texas A&MJr.F6-7210San Bernardino, Calif./Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Jared Homan, Iowa StateSr.C6-10250Remsen, Iowa/St. Mary's
Aaron Miles, KansasSr.G6-1175Portland, Ore./Jefferson
Kevin Bookout, OklahomaJr.F6-8259Stroud, Okla./Stroud
Daniel Gibson, TexasFr.G6-2190Houston, Texas/Jones
Jarrius Jackson, Texas TechSo.G6-1185Monroe, La./Ouachita
ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (Listed alphabetically by school)
Aaron Bruce, BaylorFr.G6-3190Horsham, Victoria, Australia/Horsham College
Richard Roby, ColoradoFr.G6-6190San Bernardino, Calif./Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Linas Kleiza, MissouriSo.F6-8245Kaunas, Lithuania/Montrose Christian
Joe McCray, NebraskaFr.G6-5210Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Laurinburg Institute (N.C.)
Terrell Everett, OklahomaJr.G6-4185Charleston, S.C./Southwest Missouri State-West Plains CC
Ivan McFarlin, Oklahoma StateSr.F6-8240Missouri City, Texas/Willowridge
Joseph Jones, Texas A&MFr.C6-9240Normangee, Texas/Normangee
Acie Law, Texas A&MSo.G6-3185Dallas, Texas/Kimball

** - Unanimous Selection

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