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Originally published March 7, 2010 at 11:00a.m., updated March 7, 2010 at 12:31p.m.

Four Jayhawks named All-Big 12; Cole Aldrich chosen as Defensive Player of the Year

Xavier Henry included on conference All-Rookie team, Aldrich included on All-Defensive squad

Kansas center Cole Aldrich blocks Oklahoma forward Ryan Wright's shot during the first half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich blocks Oklahoma forward Ryan Wright's shot during the first half, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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The Big 12 Conference announced Sunday the following All-Big 12 award winners for the 2010 season:

• Coach of the Year: Frank Martin, Kansas State

Martin led Kansas State to an 11-5 record in the Big 12 and a 24-6 mark overall. The Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The coach has improved his team's overall record in each of his three seasons.


• Newcomer of the Year: Ekpe Udoh, Baylor

Udoh, a transfer from Michigan, anchored a Baylor team that went 11-5 in conference play. The 6-foot-10 junior forward averaged 13.4 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game and a league-best 4.1 blocks per game.


• Sixth Man of the Year: Jamar Samuels, Kansas State

Samuels provided Kansas State with rebounding and scoring boosts off the bench in 2010. The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward logged nearly one point every two minutes and 5.2 rebounds per game. Samuels scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes against Kansas in January.


• Freshman of the Year: Alec Burks, Colorado

Burks carried a huge portion of Colorado's offensive load as a freshman. The Grandview, Mo., native played 30 minutes per game, scored 15.6 points per game and made 53.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Burks was the Buffs' second-best per-game rebounder and scorer in 2010.


• Defensive Player of the Year: Cole Aldrich, Kansas

Aldrich finished the season ranked second in the Big 12 in blocks and second in defensive rebounds. The 6-foot-11 center blocked 13.2 percent of KU opponents' shot attempts and collected 9.7 rebounds per game. Despite his aggressive play, the Minnesota native was whistled for just 2.5 fouls per game, 24th most in the conference.


• Player of the Year: James Anderson, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wing Anderson posted the Big 12's best offensive numbers in 2010. He made (and attempted) more field goals than any other player and averaged a league-high 22.8 points per game. The 6-foot-6 junior also corralled 5.9 rebounds per contest.


• All-Rookie Team:

Ekpe Udoh, Baylor

Alec Burks, Colorado

Xavier Henry, KU

Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma

Avery Bradley, Texas


• All-Defensive Team:

Ekpe Udoh, Baylor

Cole Aldrich, KU

Jacob Pullen, Kansas State

J.T Tiller, Missouri

Dogus Balbay, Texas

Bryan Davis, Texas A&M;


All-Big 12 First Team:

Cole Aldrich, KU

Sherron Collins, KU

Jacob Pullen, Kansas State

James Anderson, Oklahoma State

Damion James, Texas

Donald Sloan, Texas A&M;


All-Big 12 Second Team:

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor

Ekpe Udoh,, Baylor

Craig Brackins, Iowa State

Marcus Morris, KU

Denis Clemente, Kansas State


All-Big 12 Third Team:

Tweety Carter, Baylor

Cory Higgins, Colorado

Kim English, Missouri

Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma

Bryan Davis, Texas A&M;


All-Big 12 Honorable Mention:

Alec Burks, Colorado

Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State

Xavier Henry, KU

Zaire Taylor, Missouri

Willie Warren, Oklahoma

Obi Muonelo, Oklahoma State

Avery Bradley, Texas

John Roberson, Texas Tech

Mike Singletary, Texas Tech

Selections are made by the league's 12 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Comments

Jonathan Briles 8 years, 9 months ago

I may just be biased for KU, but it seems weird that Martin who two times was out coached by Bill Self would win the award over him. We have one loss in Conference compared to their five. Again I could just be biased but I wonder how many people who are not KU fans would see that and wonder why.

kvskubball 8 years, 9 months ago

I thought Markieff Morris should have been the conf's 6th man!

Burks over Henry? That's questionable...easy to put up great stats for a bad team, totally different to be the second leading scorer on a really good team.

I wonder how the voting went for coach of the year? I don't disagree with Martin, but...

Scott Drew did a really nice job, as did Turgeon...

John Brown 8 years, 9 months ago

I think the awards were fair. If Drew and Turgeon do a great job next year then the award may go to either. Self was expected to win with this team. I think that Self did a great job but KSU was not expected to be in consideration for a #1, #2, or #3 NCAA tourney seed and now will be representing the B-12 at that level. That's more cred for KU if our Big 12 rivals are playing to that level. If the awards go to KU every year then it means we are playing in a cream puff conference. Henry played under the radar in B-12 games and so I don't believe that the 2-3 games of good play should earn him an award. These awards are given according to B-12 play and don't refer back to the non-conf schedule. I think Marcus Morris may have been the most improved player in the B-12, and that MK played well within his roll, but MK did not play to award level. MK did deserve his minutes and hopefully will excel next year.

Andrew Moore 8 years, 9 months ago

Martin overachieved the most, so he wins. Just as Self overachieved the most last year and won it.

Burks is not as good as X, but may have had a bigger impact on his team than X. I still would've given it to X, as he is the best freshman in the conference. I think its a no-brainer.

Lone_salina_kufan 8 years, 9 months ago

KanFan27

If we had gone undefeated, then Bill would've gotten it. But too many times that award is given to those exceed expectations the most. Thats why you see so many "coaches of the year" get fired a couple years later. They overacheive when no one expected anything out of them, and then when they don't sneak up on people, they don't accumulate the same win total. That coach doesn't just become an idiot in 2 or 3 years. KState did the most with exceeding expectations, therefore, Frank wins the award.

I thought the Burks choice was a little curious as well. If you had your vote after the first 8 games, then theres no question, but especially with how good Xavier has been at the end of the conference season.... hard to say. Cole is no brainer. Awesome for him, and being academic all-american of the year.

JHWK 8 years, 9 months ago

Burks over Henry is a joke - as kvs said, it is easy to make an impression as the best player on one of the worst tems. MUCH more difficult to be a freshman on a team loaded with talent and be the best player.

Agree that Martin is Coach of the Year.

Congrats Cole!!

Ron Prichard 8 years, 9 months ago

The biggest gripe I have is that Marcus Morris was left off. He deserved at least third team, if not second team. During the Big XII season, he has been fairly dominant.

I'm biased about X, but can't really argue against Burks.

After watching the KSU meltdown yesterday, I don't think there is any way Martin deserves coach of the year over Self. Yeah, they have been very good this year, but we have been great. One loss in conference and the #1 ranking at the end of the year. What else can Self do?

David Reed 8 years, 9 months ago

I believe had X not gone into his fun for the period of time he did he would have been freshman of the year..Burks was more consistent

Jaminrawk 8 years, 9 months ago

I think Martin deserved it. Even Bill was lobbying for him to win it. Aside from the hiccup against Iowa State last night (which might be a blessing in the long run) the Wildcats have had one of their best seasons ever with talent perceived to be less than OU, KU, Texas and even Baylor.

ObiWan 8 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations guys! We're all proud of you. I guess it wouldn't be fair to give HCBS Coach of the Year every season, so it's just understood that he is undoubtedly the best coach in the Big 12 (and the entire NCAA). It would be fun if we could see the individual coach's ballots.

Jaybird87 8 years, 9 months ago

raprichard.....

Marcus Morris is on the All-Big 12 Second Team

As for X vs Burks.... Regardless of what team they play for, you could probably look at who was more consistent throughout Big 12 play. Just my thought.

Frank Martin.... I think he deserved Coach of the Year. I agree with Jaminrawk. They don't exactly have the talent to work with like HCBS does here with our Hawks and yet they still came out tied for 2nd in one of the top conferences in the Nation and were ranked in the top 10 for quite some time.

RCJ!!!!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

Below were my mid-season conference picks. I only chose 5 per team, but if I would have been able to pick 6, James Anderson would have been on my first team. I still had Anderson as my offensive player of the year regardless even if I did have him on the second team. I still think LaceDarious Dunn deserves to be on the first team over Pullen or Sloan (You pick em) I do agree that Marcus probably deserved to be on the second team after not having as good a second half to conference. Everything else I pretty much agree.

I know others don't agree, but I stand by Burks being freshman of the year and Samuels came on strong to take away the award from Dash Harris. I like the poster who said Kieff should have been 6th man. Definitely should be some debate, but Samuels deserves the award.

Here were my mid-conference all conference selections Feb 7th 2010:

First Team

1) Sherron Collins 2) LaceDarious Dunn 3) Marcus Morris-This was a tough call, but nobody is playing better in conference at the moment. 4) Damian James-Even though his team is flaming he still leads the league in rebounding and is 4th in scoring in Big 12 play 5) Cole Aldrich-Nobody changes the "Impact" of the game more so than Aldrich. He's proved that in every Big 12 vicotry so far for the jayhawks

Second Team

1) Tweety Carter 2) Denis Clemente 3) James Anderson 4) Craig Brackens 5) Ekepe Udoh

Third Team

1) Donald Sloan 2) jacob Pullen 3) Cory Higgins 4) Bryan Davis 5) Dexter Pittman

Fourth Team

1) Tommy Mason Griffin 2) John Roberson 3) Mike Singletary 4) Curtis Kelly 5) Marquis Gilstrap

Honorable Mention: Alec Burks, Avery Bradley, Kim English, Zaire Taylor, Dash Harris, and Willie Warren. Willie Warren isn't in the Top 10 in any category in Big 12 play and he's also been hurt quite a bit. He's so talented it's hard to keep him off of any list.

Freshman of the year: Alec Burks (Would have been unanimous if he hadn't been hurt. Avery Bradley is second and Xavier is third. I think Xavier has a shot if he can have 7 more games just like he did against Texas.

Sixth Man of the year: Dash Harris

Defensive Player of the Year: Cole Aldrich

Offensive Player of the year: James Anderson

Big 12 MVP: Sherron Collins

Coach of the year: It's going to be a race between Frank Martin, Mark Turgeion, and Scott Drew. Coach Self is right there, but he was expected to do this this year. It would be hard not to give it to Self at this point though. This is the toughest category IMO.

SoCalAlum 8 years, 9 months ago

Respectfully submitted (KU players not eligible)...

2009-2010 Big XII All-Disappointment Team Dexter Pittman (Tx) Jordan Hamilton (Tx) Tiny Gallon (Ok) Christian Standhardinger (Neb) Curtis Kelly (K-State) Willie Warren (Ok), Captain

"Stayed for a Cup of Coffee" Award: Lucca Staiger (I- State)

"Finally, This Guy is Going to Graduate" Award: Tie: Tony Crocker (Ok) and Ryan Anderson (Neb)

Robert Brock 8 years, 9 months ago

Henry improved a good deal over the course of the Big 12 season, but his struggles and inconsistency through half of conference play killed any chances of him winning Newcomer of the Year. I'm impressed both Sherron and Cole made the first team. I thought that Sherron's off and on struggles this past month could have shut the door on his first team chances.

Marcia Parsons 8 years, 9 months ago

Apparently the Big 12 coaches are astute enough to value more aspects of a player's game than just scoring. Collins continues to contribute even when his shot isn't falling, and the coaches seem to have recognized that. I would guess that all of them wish he were playing for them.

Joel Hood 8 years, 9 months ago

...and the 2009-10 Big XII "because-we-can't-give-it-to-Bill-Self-everytime" coach of the year goes to...

okiedave 8 years, 9 months ago

If Self does not win it for Kansas, then glad it goes to the lesser Kansas School. Keep it in-state.

yates33333 8 years, 9 months ago

Dexter Pittman was the flop of the year. I think Tyshawn Taylor deserved honorable mention. Also Lacy Dunn was more deserving than Sloan.

hawkfan10 8 years, 9 months ago

Anyone else think X on the honorable mention is a slap in the face.

hawkfan10 8 years, 9 months ago

Anyone else think X on the honorable mention is a slap in the face.

Scott Smetana 8 years, 9 months ago

Great Post SoCal... Pittman is definitely the Player of the Year in your list.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

hawkfan: Not at all! I think X on honorable mention is right where he needed to be. He was great the second half of the Big 12, but he needed to be more consistent. I don't see anybody who was picked on the first 3 teams that X could replace based on the other teams performances.

David Leathers 8 years, 9 months ago

Marcus Morris should have been on the first team. I like him over Damion James or Donald Sloan any day.

chaggs 8 years, 9 months ago

Addendum: Danny Manning - asst coach of the year!

The Morris twins are proof!

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

Colorado the last 5 years

2006-9-7 Fifth in conference 2007-3-13 Last 2008-3-13 Last 2009-1-15 Last 2010-6-10 8th

It's going to be hard to judge the Alec Burks/Xavier Henry Debate. Both chose schools for completely different reasons, but both choices may pan out very well in helping both get to the NBA.

I know most will say Colorado is a bad team, but look at the improvement this squad made this year from the previous 3 seasons. That's a drastic improvement and to be quite honest, that can be directly correlated to Alec Burks presence to the Buffaloes this year.

Xavier also had a fantastic regular season, but we all may not truly know X's "Value" or "Significance" until the NCAA tournament. X chose a school that could best show-case his talents and get drafted to the NBA. However, his true-value, with no fault of his own really won't be judged until the NCAA starts and the results are concrete.

Burks was unheralded recruit that has blossomed into a great player, but has caught the eye of NBA scouts because he has completely turned around the culture and team of the Buffs.

I guess what it boils down to is people like surprises and something new and fresh. Burks definitely caught people's attention by simply being an unknown. Everybody in the country has known about X since his junior year in HS. That's just the way it works sometime, but I do think Burks deserves Freshman of the year.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

Colorado the last 5 years

2006-9-7 Fifth in conference 2007-3-13 Last 2008-3-13 Last 2009-1-15 Last 2010-6-10 8th

It's going to be hard to judge the Alec Burks/Xavier Henry Debate. Both chose schools for completely different reasons, but both choices may pan out very well in helping both get to the NBA.

I know most will say Colorado is a bad team, but look at the improvement this squad made this year from the previous 3 seasons. That's a drastic improvement and to be quite honest, that can be directly correlated to Alec Burks presence to the Buffaloes this year.

Xavier also had a fantastic regular season, but we all may not truly know X's "Value" or "Significance" until the NCAA tournament. X chose a school that could best show-case his talents and get drafted to the NBA. However, his true-value, with no fault of his own really won't be judged until the NCAA starts and the results are concrete.

Burks was unheralded recruit that has blossomed into a great player, but has caught the eye of NBA scouts because he has completely turned around the culture and team of the Buffs.

I guess what it boils down to is people like surprises and something new and fresh. Burks definitely caught people's attention by simply being an unknown. Everybody in the country has known about X since his junior year in HS. That's just the way it works sometime, but I do think Burks deserves Freshman of the year.

yates33333 8 years, 9 months ago

skwahjayog (anonymous) says… Hey, Hawks--why all the double posts?

The Joker

DocBean 8 years, 9 months ago

How in the world does Frank Martin get coach of the year with that many losses, and Bill Self doesn't?

I'm so sick of people saying, "Look at what he did with such little talent." or "They weren't supposed to be any good."

Who's job is it to recruit talent? Why do people think their players are so untalented? Who won more games? Who beat the other team twice? Who is the best team in the nation?

Bill Self should be coach of the year.

Joel Hood 8 years, 9 months ago

Doc - amen. Here is another way to look at this logic...

Frank Martin got COY because the media "experts" were not smart enough in October to realize that he had recruited some pretty good talent. This is little more than a media CYA because they couldn't do their job 5 months ago.

  • Martin was out recruited and out coached in 2 head-to-head games with Bill Self.
  • He lost 4 more conference games than Bill Self.
  • He lost 3 conference games AT HOME - including his senior night.

Yes - clearly, he did a better job coaching his team than Bill Self. What a joke...

Charles Shirley 8 years, 9 months ago

James Anderson is a great player, but. . . Can you really name a guy whose team is merely the seventh (out of 12!) best team in the league "Player of the Year"? Shouldn't that honor go to someone whose team actually wins and and makes a difference? I would have picked Pullen, Collins or Aldrich over Anderson any day. KU and K-State won games. O-State is an above average team, no big whoop. Yeah, they upset KU in the next to last week of the season, but over the whole course of the season Anderson did not pull O-State into even the "good" categoy, much less the "great" category of KU and K-State. OSU was merely slightly above average and Anderson play was very good but never great.

keith horinek 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't have a problem with Martin getting big 12 coach of the year. I think the award is based on how well you do with the entire season based on preseason expectations. I do have a problem with X not getting the rookie of the year award though. X was on a team that had outstanding talent and he stood out and played very well for a freshman. Burks was on a poor team and he stood out more because his team was so bad. I think X got the shaft.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

Frank Martin deserves Coach of the Year. Kansas State hasn't been ranked in the top 5 since the 1958 season. Let's cut the Cats a little slack and recognize the accomplishments thus far for Martin and Kansas State.

Chris Shaw 8 years, 9 months ago

I think Burks deserves the award. Well done, Alec.

KGphoto 8 years, 9 months ago

Most underrated: Cory Higgins.

All this talk about Burks and you tend to forget who really dug CU out of hell.

Don't forget that Higgins is scoring 19/game in 33 minutes. He's shooting 83% from the line, 2 steals/game and is generally a defensive pain in the ass.

But predominantly this kid is a scoring machine. You don't drop 83% at the charity without some serious shooting stroke.

19 points a game? Against the Big 12?

If KU had a 19 guy, he'd be national player of the year.

Charles Shirley 8 years, 9 months ago

Most of our starters could be 19 guys if they played for a lesser team than KU. If Aldrich played for a lesser team then he would have had to step up more often, the same with Collins, Marcus, and X. On a team like KU 19 is just very difficult to do.

dmb41fan 8 years, 9 months ago

I think that maybe Mason-Griffin from OU deserves to get a few more accalades, as well as Dunn. I think overall Dunn outperformed Collins by far. He lead his team in scoring and Baylor did very well this year, considering where they were projected. They had a very tough schedule. I would also like to note, that as the year has gone along Clemente's numbers at KSU have become better and better. Sherron didn't have a great year, and actually got outplayed in several games by other guards. (Elliot Williams Memphis, Clemente at KU, Dunn at KU) the list goes on. Plus I think the strength of Baylor's schedule should be taken into consideration, strong wins against Xavier, S Carolina (who beat UK), Alabama, Arkansas, UMASS, Arizona St. My hat's off to Baylor this year for exceeding expectations..

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