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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Wright, Rush named to first team All-Big 12

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Kansas University sophomores Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, who were named the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Co-Players of the Year, Sunday were honored as first team All-Big 12 performers. Texas freshman Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points in a 90-86 loss at KU Saturday, was named the league's Player of the Year.

Rush's 13.7 points per game are a team-best, while he is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 per contest. Wright is third on the team in scoring at 12 points per game. His 8.1 rebounds per game lead the Jayhawks, while he's tied for the team lead with 46 blocked shots, and his 46 steals rank third on the roster.

Joining the Jayhawk duo on the first team are Durant, Texas A&M; senior guard Acie Law, Texas Tech senior guard Jarrius Jackson and Oklahoma State senior forward Mario Boggan.

KU's third sophomore, guard Mario Chalmers, took home third team honors. Chalmers is second on the team in scoring, putting away 12.1 points per game, leads the team with 79 steals and is second behind junior Russell Robinson with 100 assists. Chalmers shared the spotlight with Oklahoma State junior Marcus Dove as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. Chalmers and Robinson also both landed on the league's All-Defensive team.

The freshman combo of forward Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins both earned honorable mention All-Big 12 credits, and both were on the league's All-Rookie team.

Texas A&M;'s Billy Gillespie, who beat KU 69-66 in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 3, was named the league's Coach of the Year.

For more on this story, read tomorrow's Journal-World.

Comments

ralsterKUMed95 14 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, this 'rivalry' between KU and KState, just got real teeth with the hiring of Huggins. Say whatever about his persona and past, but he can coach AND recruit. Has that team playing pretty good defense, which is always a solid foundation--just ask Self and Gillespe. I also respect Mike Anderson (Mizzou coach) and how hard he has his smallish lineup playing x 40min. Just watch this league over the next 2 years. We will have to work hard at keeping our edge. GO BLUE!

jprich 14 years, 9 months ago

I completely agree that Huggins should have won Coach of the Year. KSU finished much higher than its preseason ranking indicated, whereas KU, A&M, and UT all finished where they were picked (if I remember correctly; maybe OSU was third, but UT was right there at any rate). Gotta give my props to the head man at KSU.

actorman 14 years, 9 months ago

What's your point?

I'd say KU was pretty well recognized, given that six of the eight regulars were honored in some way or another.

Jeremy Bolinger 14 years, 9 months ago

I still gotta believe either Bob Huggins or Rick Barnes deserved the honor more than Billy Gillespe, because both of those teams over-achieved. And out the those 2, I would have to go with Bob Huggins. 10 conference wins! Hell thats more than they have had the past 2 years. 21 total? Thats pretty impressive for that team!

Joe Ross 14 years, 9 months ago

Whatever it takes, the North Division needs to get better.

Why?

Because usually in the winter you don't play anybody. It's the soft part of your schedule. It's where you put cupcakes on like Detroit Mercy and others. So we play no one in the winter and we play MORE cupcakes in the spring (Nebraska, Iowa State, Missouri, Colorado). Kansas State may not even make the tournament. It's called STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE.

Because of this reason and NOT for any devotion to KState, Im glad Huggins is turning the program around over there. The same needs to happen with Sadler, Anderson, McDermott, and Patton's replacement.

speedy 14 years, 9 months ago

people do you ever learn?
strenght of schedule fooey! boise state proved to oklahoma that the best team won. period!!!! why penalize ku or any team because other schools in the big 12 are less talented. it is just a way the ones calling the shots have of cheating schools out of playing for a championship! ever watch hoosier movie.? well the good folks in ind. fixed it so it won,t happen again. just like the STUPID bcs crud. the rich get richer and keep the lesser school from getting any of the pie! and yes huggins should have been coach of the year!

doctorWho 14 years, 9 months ago

I have to disagree, speedy.

Last year a boatload of teams from the MVC got into the tourney because of the RPI and SOS. Part of the point of SOS is to try to keep teams like UNC, UCLA, UK, . . . and to a lesser extent, KU, from being OVERRATED, as they frequently are.

If all the selection committee looked at was the AP poll, mid-majors would be screwed.

On the other hand, KU has shown this year that you can overcome a mediocre SOS with quality wins.

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