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.
It’s no surprise that some of the most successful point guards from the league’s earliest days have gone on to coaching careers, including two at the NBA level.
Tyronn Lue, Nebraska, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach
The former All-Metro star from Raytown High won a ring with Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and Lue now leads LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Nice company.
Jacque Vaughn, Kansas, former Orlando Magic head coach
Orlando Magic got better in each of his three years, but not good enough for Vaughn to keep his job. He was a San Antonio Spurs’ assistant before moving to Orlando and is back with the Spurs, working in the front office.
Jerod Haase, Kansas, Alabama-Birmingham head coach
Vaughn’s backcourt mate upset Iowa State in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Haase started his career on the Kansas bench and went with Roy Williams to North Carolina before becoming a head coach.
Jeff Boschee, Kansas, Missouri Southern head coach
Most outstanding player of 1999 Big 12 Tournament as a freshman, Boschee started coaching career at Barstow before moving to Joplin.
Bryan Petersen, Iowa State, Kirkwood Community College, head coach
Petersen started all 64 games of his Iowa State career (2007-09) and has returned to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, school where he started his college career. The Eagles are in the NJCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since 2011.