K-State Tang Big 12 Coach of the Year, Johnson & Nowell First Team

Player of the Year: Jalen Wilson (Kansas)

Rookie of the Year: Keyontae Johnson (K-State)

Defensive Player of the Year: DaJuan Harris (Kansas)

Freshman of the Year: Keyonte George (Baylor)

Sixth Man Award: Sir’Jabari Rice (Texas)

Most Improved Player: KJ Adams (Kansas)

Coach of the Year: Jerome Tang (K-State)

Adam Flagler (Baylor)*

Jalen Wilson (Kansas)*

Keyontae Johnson (K-State)

Markquis Nowell (K-State)

Marcus Carr (Texas)

Keyonte George (Baylor)

Gabe Kalscheur (Iowa State)

Gradey Dick (Kansas)

Damion Baugh (TCU)

Mike Miles Jr. (TCU)

LJ Cryer (Baylor)

Kevin McCullar Jr. (Kansas)

Kalib Boone (Oklahoma State)

Sir’Jabari Rice (Texas)

Erik Stevenson (West Virginia)

Gabe Kalscheur (Iowa State)

Dajuan Harris (Kansas)

Kevin McCullar Jr. (Kansas)

Markquis Nowell (K-State)

Moussa Cisse (Oklahoma State)

Keyonte George (Baylor)

Years Holmes (Iowa State)

Gradey Dick (Kansas)

Keyontae Johnson (K-State)*

Sir’Jabari Rice (Texas)

Keyonte George (Baylor)*

Tamin Lipsey (Iowa State)*

Gradey Dick (Kansas)*

Miloš Uzan (Oklahoma)

Pop Isaacs (Texas Tech)

* Denotes unanimous selection

Irving, Texas – Kansas’ Jalen Wilson was the unanimous Player of the Year, while Kansas State’s Jerome Tang was named the Coach of the Year in his first season to highlight the 2022-23 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards, which are selected by head coaches.

The Jayhawks collected two more individual awards as Dajuan Harris Jr. was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year, while KJ Adams Jr. received the award for the best player.

The Wildcats’ Keyontae Johnson was the unanimous choice for Newcomer of the Year, Baylor’s Keyonte George won Freshman of the Year and Texas’ Sir’Jabari Rice received Sixth Man honors.

Wilson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg) and double-doubles (10), while he is second in minutes played (35.2). The junior forward is vying to become the seventh player, the fourth Jayhawk, in Big 12 history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding. Wilson has two 30-point performances and 17 games with 20 or more points this season. His 38 points at K-State on Jan. 17 are the most in a conference game this year. He is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Also a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, Wilson was joined on the first team by Baylor’s Adam Flagler, also a unanimous selection, K-State’s Johnson and Markquis Nowell along with Texas’ Marcus Carr.

Known for his instincts on defense, Harris also directs the KU offense from his guard position. The junior guard leads the Conference in assist/turnover ratio (3.4), second in assists (6.3), fourth in steals (2.0) and fifth in minutes played (34.0). He averages 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Johnson made his triumphant return to the basketball court on Nov. 7 in K-State’s season opener against UTRGV after a two-year absence following a medical emergency against Florida State on Dec. 12, 2020. He was named the National March Madness Player of the Week and the Big 12 Rookie of the Week after the first two Wildcats games. The senior forward collected a total of five All-Rookie honors in the Conference this season as he is second in the league in scoring (17.8), fourth in rebounding (7.0), second in field goal percentage (.519) and fourth in goals. (6). ). He is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.

George entered the season as the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. He is sixth in the league in scoring (16.0), fifth in three-point field goals (2.4) and sixth in free throw percentage (.794). George holds the program record for most 20-point games by a freshman (12), and his 16.0 ppg average is sixth best among all NCAA freshmen. The guard earned two Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors.

As the Longhorns’ first bench player, Rice is second on the team in scoring (12.6), fourth in assists (63) and minutes (24.2) and fourth in rebounding (3.5). The senior guard has reached double figures 20 times this season and is second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.870). He earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors on Feb. 6 after helping UT to wins over No. 11 Baylor and No. 7 K-State.He scored a team-high 23 points to lead Texas over No. 3 Kansas in the regular-season finale. Adams started every game in the 2022-23 season. after making one start as a freshman last year during KU’s national championship run. He improved his averages to 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 27.2 minutes from 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.8 minutes as a rookie. He has scored in double figures in 17 games this season after not scoring in double figures in his first seven contests.

Picked last in the Big 12 preseason poll, Tang has led Kansas State to a tie for third place with an 11-7 conference record and a current 23-8 overall record in his first season as a collegiate head coach. The 23-8 start is the best by any first-year coach in NCAA Division I and the second best in K-State history. The Wildcats are 7-4 against top-25 opponents this season, including 3-2 against top-10 opponents. Tang inherited a team with just two returning key players and brought in 13 newcomers.

Big 12 teams will begin postseason play with the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship March 8-11 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.

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