It was a Sunflower State sweep when the Big 12 announced its basketball scholar-athlete of the year awards Thursday. Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis, for the second straight year, and Kansas State junior guard Kindred Wesemann were the winners.
Nominees for the award must be a junior or senior with at least a 3.20 grade-point average and who participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s contests.
Ellis, a sport management major with a business minor from Wichita, was a consensus second-team All-America selection this season as the Jayhawks won their 12th straight Big 12 regular-season title and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Wesemann, from Pleasant Hill, Mo., is a kinesiology major who led the Big 12 in three-pointers as the Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.