The Daily’s Big 12 men’s basketball awards

Daily Staff

Big 12 First Team:

G: Jacob Pullen KSU Sr. 19.6 ppg 3.6 apg 37.6% 3-pt FG

G: Alec Burks CU So. 19.5 ppg 6.2 rpg 2.6 apg

G: Jordan Hamilton UT So. 18.5 ppg 7.6 rpg 39.8% 3-pt FG

F: Tristan Thompson UT Fr. 13.5 ppg 7.7 rpg 2.3 bpg

F: Marcus Morris KU Jr. 17.3 ppg 7 rpg 59.7% FG

Big 12 Second Team:

G: Diante Garrett ISU Sr. 17.2 ppg 6.1 apg 1.7 spg

G: LaceDarius Dunn BU Sr. 19.8 ppg Big 12 all-time leading scorer

F: Markieff Morris KU Jr. 13.5 ppg 8.3 rpg 59.8% FG

F: Marshall Moses OSU Sr. 14.7 ppg 7.5 rpg 55.5% FG

F: Khris Middleton TAMU So. 14.4 ppg 5.2 rpg 80.1% FT

Player of the Year:

Jacob Pullen Guard Kansas State

It was a tough decision, passing up Morris’ all-around ability, Hamilton’s NBA talent, or Burks’ knack for making things happen. But Pullen is a straight-up winner and without his heroics, the Big 12 would be a lot less interesting.

Coach of the Year:

Mark Turgeon Texas A&M

Leading a squad based on hustle, defense and discipline to a 10-6 mark in the Big 12 means you’ve done a heck of a job.

Most Improved Player:

Diante Garrett Guard Iowa State

There was no doubt Garrett would get the nod here. He has absolutely seized the opportunity to run his team.

Newcomer of the Year:

Tristan Thompson Forward Texas

Freshmen don’t dominate the paint in a grown man’s conference without motivation, determination and a heavy-helping of talent.