Campus Corner

The all-time Big 12 Tournament team

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.

Paul Pierce, Kansas

Pierce scored 30 against Missouri in the first Big 12 championship game and 26 against Oklahoma in the second, earning most outstanding player honors for both.

Hollis Price, Oklahoma

Price seemed to live for the postseason. Oklahoma won three straight tournaments and Price was huge in all of them, named the tournament’s top player in 2002 and 2003.

Marcus Fizer, Iowa State

Fizer dominated the regular season and continued his reign in the 2000 Big 12 Tournament by averaging 26.3 points and being named the most outstanding player. He was the first to be named Big 12 regular season and tournament MVP.

Kevin Durant, Texas

Of course Durant would have a monster tournament. In his future home, Oklahoma City, Durant became the only player in tournament history to average 30 points (30.7), leading the Longhorns to the 2007 finals, where they lost to Kansas.

Mike Singletary, Texas Tech

In the greatest of all tournament scoring games, Singletary set an event record with 43 points, including 29 straight for the Red Raiders, who overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Texas A&M in a 2009 opening round game.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Players

1997: Paul Pierce, Kansas

1998: Paul Pierce, Kansas

1999: Jeff Boschee, Kansas

2000: Marcus Fizer, Iowa State

2001: Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma

2002: Hollis Price, Oklahoma

2003: Hollis Price, Oklahoma

2004: Tony Allen, Oklahoma State

2005: Joey Graham, Oklahoma State

2006: Mario Chalmers, Kansas

2007: Kevin Durant, Texas

2008: Brandon Rush, Kansas

2009: DeMarre Carroll, Missouri

2010: Sherron Collins, Kansas

2011: Marcus Morris, Kansas

2012: Kim English, Missouri

2013: Jeff Withey, Kansas

2014: DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

2015: Georges Niang, Iowa State

Related stories from Kansas City Star

  Comments