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March 6, 2006

DALLAS - Teammates P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas) have been named Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, highlighting the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards. Michael Neal (Oklahoma) was picked as Newcomer of the Year, Brandon Rush (Kansas) is Freshman of the Year and Bill Self (Kansas) earned Coach of the Year honors.

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

Tucker, a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team choice, is the first Longhorn to earn Big 12 Player of the Year recognition. He leads the team and ranks sixth overall in the conference in scoring (16.1), while leading the league in rebounding (9.0). He is also fourth in field goal percentage with a .531 mark. He has led UT in scoring seven times in league play and is second in the Big 12 overall with 10 double-doubles.

Aldridge wins the first defensive honor awarded by the Big 12. He is first in the Big 12 with 59 blocks overall, including 27 in conference games. He has 81 defensive rebounds in 2005-06, ranking third in the league. Aldridge can score as well, leading the Big 12 with 13 double-doubles.

Neal is the second-straight Sooner and fourth overall to win Newcomer of the Year. One of the top long-range threats in the Big 12, the junior college transfer ranks first in conference games in 3-point field goal percentage (.495) and 3-point field goals per game (3.86). He is also averaging a team-best 14.8 points in league action. He has shot 50.0 percent or better from beyond the arc 11 times this season.

Rush is the first freshman in conference history to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team. The top scoring freshman in the conference with 15.1 points per game, Rush also ranks seventh with a 6.6 rebounding average. He is the fourth KU player to surpass 400 points (408) in his freshman season. The native of Kansas City, Mo. is the second Jayhawk to win freshman accolades (Jeff Boschee, 1998-99).

Self wins his first Big 12 coaching honor and the third for a Jayhawk mentor. After returning just 21.2 percent of his scoring from a year ago, Self guided KU to a share of the Big 12 regular season championship, its sixth in league annals. Starting three freshmen and two sophomores, Kansas recorded its 18th straight season with at least 22 victories.

The All-Big 12 First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention teams were also announced, while conference coaches also selected All-Defensive and All-Rookie Teams for the first time.

2005-06 PHILLIPS 66 ALL-BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
P.J. Tucker, Texas, F, Jr., 6-5, 225, Raleigh, N.C./Enloe

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas, F, So., 6-10, 237, Dallas, Texas/Seagoville

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Michael Neal, Oklahoma, G, Jr., 6-3, 191, Mesquite, Texas/Lon Morris Junior College

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Brandon Rush, Kansas, G, Fr., 6-6, 202, Kansas City, Mo./Mt. Zion Academy (N.C.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Bill Self, Kansas

Overall Record: 276-128; 13th seasonRecord at Kansas: 69-23; 3rd Season

All-Big 12 First TeamPos.Ht.Wt.Cl.Hometown/Previous School(s)
Richard Roby, ColoradoG6-6195So.San Bernardino, Calif./Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Brandon Rush, KansasG6-6202Fr.Kansas City, Mo./Mt. Zion Academy (N.C.)
LaMarcus Aldridge, TexasF6-10237So.Dallas, Texas/Seagoville
P.J. Tucker, Texas**F6-5225Jr.Raleigh, N.C./Enloe
Jarrius Jackson, Texas TechG6-1185Jr.Monroe, La./Ouachita

All-Big 12 Second Team
Curtis Stinson, Iowa StateG6-3215Jr.Bronx, N.Y./Bronx Regional/Winchendon Prep
Cartier Martin, Kansas StateF6-8220Jr.Houston, Texas/Nimitz
Terrell Everett, OklahomaG6-4188Sr.Charleston, S.C./Southwest Missouri State-West Plains CC
Taj Gray, OklahomaF6-9238Sr.Wichita, Kan./Redlands Community College (Okla.)
Joseph Jones, Texas A&MF6-9250So.Normangee, Texas/Normangee

All-Big 12 Third Team
Will Blalock, Iowa StateG6-0205Jr.Boston, Mass./East/Notre Dame Prep
Thomas Gardner, MissouriG6-5213Jr.Portland, Ore./Jefferson
Brad Buckman, TexasF6-8235Sr.Austin, Texas/Westlake
Daniel Gibson, TexasG6-2190So.Houston, Texas/Jones
Acie Law, Texas A&MG6-3185Jr.Dallas, Texas/Kimball

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Aaron Bruce (Baylor), Mario Chalmers & Julian Wright (Kansas), Jimmy McKinney (Missouri), Aleks Maric & Wes Wilkinson (Nebraska), Kevin Bookout & Michael Neal (Oklahoma), Mario Boggan & JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State), Martin Zeno (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Mario Chalmers, KansasG6-1182Fr.Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett
Russell Robinson, KansasG6-1196So.New York, N.Y./Rice
Taj Gray, OklahomaF6-9238Sr.Wichita, Kan./Redlands Community College (Okla.)
LaMarcus Aldridge, TexasF6-10237So.Dallas, Texas/Seagoville
P.J. Tucker, TexasF6-5225Jr.Raleigh, N.C./Enloe

Big 12 All-Rookie Team
Curtis Jerrells, BaylorG6-1200Fr.Austin, Texas/Del Valle
Mario Chalmers, Kansas**G6-1182Fr.Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett
Brandon Rush, Kansas**G6-6202Fr.Kansas City, Mo./Mt. Zion Academy (N.C.)
Julian Wright, KansasF6-8218Fr.Chicago Heights, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor
Michael Neal, OklahomaG6-3191Jr.Mesquite, Texas/Lon Morris Junior College

** - Unanimous Selection

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