The 20th Big 12 Tournament begins Wednesday at the Sprint Center. We look back at the event’s two decades in a language familiar in basketball: Teams of honor.
Here is a list of the Big 12’s best playmakers in its history.
Doug Gottlieb, Oklahoma State (1997-2000)
Before becoming one of the game’s top analysts, Gottlieb piled up assists for the Cowboys. He has the league’s two best assist seasons and holds the record for assists in a single Big 12 Tournament. Plus, he shares a league record with 18 assists in one game.
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T.J. Ford, Texas (2001-03)
From Big 12 freshman of the year to Wooden and Naismith Award winner as a sophomore, Ford is one of three Longhorns to have his number (11) retired.
Aaron Miles, Kansas (2001-2005)
Nobody piled up the assists like Miles, whose 954 rank ninth in NCAA history. He never made first-team all-conference but helped Drew Gooden, Nick Collison and Wayne Simien become Big 12 players of the year.
DJ Augustin, Texas (2006-08)
Kevin Durant’s wing man as freshmen then turned in a big sophomore season when he won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard.
Monte Morris, Iowa State (2013-present)
A Bob Cousy Award finalist, Morris led the nation in assist-turnover ratio in 2014 and 2015 and is among the top five nationally this season. Plus, he averages 14.5 points.
Big 12 career assist leaders
954: Aaron Miles, Kansas (2001-05)
793: Doug Gottlieb, Oklahoma State (1997-00)
668: Kirk Hinrich, Kansas (1999-03)
636: John Roberson, Texas Tech (2007-11)
611: Diante Garrett, Iowa State (2007-11)
Career assists average
8.0: T.J. Ford, Texas (2001-03)
6.5: Pierre Jackson, Baylor (2011-13)
6.3: Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State (1999-01)