Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield and Kansas’ Bill Self are repeat winners as The Associated Press’ Big 12 player and coach of the year, respectively.
Hield is the first player in the conference’s 20 seasons to twice win AP’s top Big 12 player award, and Self got his fifth AP coach of the year award.
Hield had quite a repeat performance to post a remarkable first in the 20 seasons of Big 12 men’s basketball.
Hield, the conference’s top scorer, is the AP’s Big 12 player of the year for the second consecutive season. He was a unanimous pick this time, getting all 20 votes cast.
Hield wasn’t alone in repeating as an All-Big 12 pick in the awards that were announced Monday. He is joined on the first team for the second straight year by Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis, also a unanimous pick, and Iowa State senior forward Georges Niang. They are the league’s top three scorers.
Iowa State junior guard Monte Morris and Texas junior guard Isaiah Taylor rounded out the top five players.
There also was a repeat winner for coach of the year, with Self winning for the fifth time in 11 seasons. He is the fourth coach in conference history to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.
Self received 12 of 20 votes after the Jayhawks won their 12th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. Tubby Smith got six votes after Texas Tech finished 9-9 in conference play, and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins got two from an AP panel of sportswriters and sportscasters who cover the league on a regular basis. In voting by the Big 12 coaches, they tabbed Smith as coach of the year.
Before last season, when Self became the first four-time winner, he also won the AP coaching award in 2006, 2009 and 2011.
Hield averages 25.1 points per game, and is the nation’s best with 4.1 made three-pointers per game — all career highs for the 6-foot-4, 214-pound guard from the Bahamas. He goes into this week’s Big 12 Tournament with nine 30-point games, the same as the rest of the league combined this season. His 124 total 3-pointers this season are already a Big 12 record.
Niang is second in the Big 12 at 19.4 points a game, and is the only player in the nation averaging 19 points and six rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Ellis, who is averaging 16.5 points per game, finished the regular season with consecutive 20-point game, giving him 11 this season.
Morris is the Big 12 leader with 7.1 assists per game and also averages 14.2 points and 4.0 rebounds a game. Taylor leads Texas with 15 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Because of a tie for the final spot, there are six players on the AP’s second team, which, like the first team, comprises only seniors and juniors. The second-team picks were: Baylor senior forwards Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince; Kansas junior guard Frank Mason, West Virginia senior guard Jaysean Paige; and Mountaineers junior forward Devin Williams, and Oklahoma senior forward Ryan Spangler.
Iowa State junior guard Deonte Burton is the conference’s newcomer of the year in a close vote over Oklahoma State freshman point guard Jawun Evans.
Burton has averaged 10 points a game this season after sitting out a year after transferring from Marquette. He got nine of the 20 votes, Evans got seven and TCU sophomore guard Malique Trent, a junior college transfer, got three. Kansas State freshman forward Dean Wade got the remaining vote.
Associated Press All-Big 12 awards
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
COACH: Bill Self, Kansas
NEWCOMER: Deonte Burton, Iowa State
All-Big 12 first team
Perry Ellis, Kansas, F, 6-8, 225, Sr.
Georges Niang, Iowa State, F, 6-8, 230, Sr.
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, 6-4, 214, Sr.
Monte Morris, Iowa State, G, 6-3, 175, Jr.
Isaiah Taylor, Texas, G, 6-3, 185, Jr.
Rico Gathers, Baylor, F, 6-8, 275, Sr.
Taurean Prince, Baylor, F, 6-8, 220, Sr.
Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma, F, 6-8, 234, Sr.
Devin Williams, West Virginia, F, 6-9, 255, Jr.
Frank Mason III, Kansas, G, 5-11, 185, Jr.
Jaysean Paige, West Virginia, G, 6-2, 210, Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION: Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), Lester Medford (Baylor), Aaron Ross (Texas Tech), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Jordan Woodard (Oklahoma)
Note: There was a tie for the final second-team spot
Voters: Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Mark Cooper, Tulsa World; Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman; Guerin Emig, Tulsa World; Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News; Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Justin Jackson, The Dominion Post; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Kevin Lyttle, Austin American-Statesman; Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810; Krista Pirtle, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; John Shinn, Norman Transcript; Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald.