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Originally published October 14, 2010 at 09:52a.m., updated October 15, 2010 at 12:00a.m.

Marcus Morris, Josh Selby earn preseason all-Big 12 honors

Kansas forward Marcus Morris delivers a dunk on Lehigh defenders Gabe Knutson, left, and Zahir Carrington during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris delivers a dunk on Lehigh defenders Gabe Knutson, left, and Zahir Carrington during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

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Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris was named to the five-player preseason All-Big 12 team Thursday as voted by the league’s coaches.

Jayhawks earn conference honors

Several Jayhawks were listed on the Big 12's preseason honors for the basketball season. Marcus Morris was named to the team while several other Jayhawks were given honorable mentions.

Morris was joined by Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly, Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn and Colorado’s Cory Higgins.

KU’s Josh Selby, who was named preseason freshman of the year, was tapped all-league honorable mention, along with junior Tyshawn Taylor.

Morris has been listed on numerous preseason All-America teams entering the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-9 Philadelphia native is a two-year starter and earned All-Big 12 second-team honors last season when he led the conference in field-goal percentage for league games at 56.1 percent. Morris had five games of 20-plus points in 2009-10 and 14 contests with eight or more rebounds.

A 6-2 Baltimore guard, Selby was rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. He averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals during his senior campaign.

Taylor, a two-year starter from Hoboken, N.J., averaged 7.2 points last season and 9.7 points in 2008-09, his freshman season at KU.

Also on Thursday, K-State’s Pullen was named preseason player of the year and Missouri’s Ricardo Ratliffe newcomer of the year.

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school): Alec Burks, Colorado; Selby and Taylor, KU; Jamar Samuels, Kansas State; Kim English, Missouri; Jordan Hamilton, Gary Johnson and Cory Joseph, Texas; David Loubeau, Texas A-M; John Roberson and Mike Singletary, Texas Tech.

Comments

BBQJayhawk2312 4 years ago

How does Selby get preseason honorable mention when he's not even eligible?

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

It's just the expectation of coaches.

Joshua Hann 4 years ago

Because if/when he does play they expect him to be very productive.....not rocket science.

BBQJayhawk2312 4 years ago

i realize its not rocket science, but hes a freshmen and yes hes a good player but he hasnt proven that on that court. and since is eligibility is in question, who knows when he will play?

Kyle Crenshaw 4 years ago

john wall was preseason freshman of the year last year and he wasnt eligible yet either.

Brian Conrad 4 years ago

BBQ John Wall was also not "proven" in this day and age with all the time spent watching these top recruits, They Do produce.

Theutus 4 years ago

I just don't get it. Pullen is ok and all, but he's not a star. At least not that big.

He got by last year because people had to deal with Clemente's speed. He's going to get more defensive focus this year, and mark my words he isn't going to be dominating games.

I'd actually consider Reed, Morningstar, EJ etc are all better PG's. They just don't have a team where they are in the spotlight as much, and they don't have the opportunity to stand out like some of these guys at schools with less team talent.

jayhawkinATL 4 years ago

I agree...I think Pullen struggles compared to last year due to the fact that teams can focus more on him with the departure of Clemente.

newyorkjayhawk 4 years ago

I couldn't agree more that alongside the loss of clemente and sutton that should make pullen's job more difficult on the offensive and defensive sides of the court, respectively, pullen's hightened expectations might also play a role in a potentially disappointing year... but this kid has heart. i'm a jayhawk for life and i saw a ton of heart by the morris twins playing garbage duty on the glass and defense, and tyrel reed is only in as good of shape as he is because he's got the determination unmatched by most in the league, AND sherron has more heart in his pinky finger than Pullen does in his whole body... BUT, Pullen still has heart, he'll be the undisputed go-to guy on the perimeter, in clutch situations, and fast break outlets... all that leads to points, and if defensive traps set him up for steals on occassion, and if his teammates can give him open passing lanes and made baskets his assists could be up there, too... yes, clemente took some of the scoring duty off his shoulders, but now there's nowhere else to look... Pullen doesn't have to share the scoring responsibility and THAT could bring him stats worthy of POY consideration. Again, he's not the best in the conference and i expect Selby to outplay him hands-down when KU and KSU meet, but until then, expectations are actually quite warranted.

Chris Bruning 4 years ago

so let me get this straight, kentucky's #1 recruit last year gets first team all america selection, player of the year (conference and nation) selection, and KU's #1 recruit starts out with honorable mention for his conference?? ooooook

bennybob 4 years ago

wall wasn't given crap in the preseason.

he had to earn all those rewards, as should selby

cffighter86 4 years ago

Are you serious bennybob? John Wall was praised about the second he chose Kentucky. All ESPN could talk about was how good he was going to be. Them, and a handful of other media outlets picked him to be the pre-season POY.

hawkitup 4 years ago

What!? Wall was the pre-season freshmen player of the year going into his first year. By the way, what exactly did Wall earn other than that six turnover a game average.

tis4tim 4 years ago

The number one overall pick in the draft, for starters...but I get your point.

jayhawkinATL 4 years ago

Wall was on a number of preseason first-teams!!!

Kurt Eskilson 4 years ago

RCJ: That just gives Selby more to prove. Let's see how the voting goes after our seventh Big Twelve title!

JJHAWK 4 years ago

Viking 76

I just noticed you have a zit. I hated those teenage years myself.

Jim Pendleton 4 years ago

Even better perhaps than Selby being selected when not yet eligible, is LaceDarius Dunn being voted first team, when he has been suspended from not only his team, but from classes at Baylor. At least Selby is going to class. One can only hope this vote was taken before the incident occured.

Let's get the kitties tonight, and have a big evening at Late Night tomorrow. Rock Chalk!!

Ron Prichard 4 years ago

Pullen will be very good, but I'm surprised Marcus isn't the preseason pick for player of the year.

As for Selby, I don't think there is much question that he will be cleared to play. Honestly, I think the NCAA just hasn't gotten to his case yet because they are focusing on football, etc. Ridiculous, but that's the NCAA.

jayhawkjim, I just read where Dunn is back attending classes. I don't think he would be going to class if there wasn't a chance he would play this year. I wonder if it's only a matter of time before Drew reinstates him to the team.

LAJayhawk 4 years ago

I never understood the point behind pre-season awards, except to sell newspapers and generate talk.

How do you reward someone BEFORE they have a chance to do anything?

Sports is a business. And this is a marketing campaign, plain and simple.

REHawk 4 years ago

Congratulations, Marcus, Tyshawn, Josh. As for your teammates, let's light up the stat sheets to prove to conference coaches that more of you belong on this list when post-season honors are distributed!

Adam Evans 4 years ago

Makes me feel very optimistic that TT got some votes for first team. If he can break out of his funk, our backcourt will be more dangerous than last year. Better shooters, better cutters, and more speed. It's going to be a fun year I think.

REHawk 4 years ago

Other than the 3 Jayhawk players honored by conference coaches, just imagine the array of surprises awaiting everyone who watches or competes with KU this season. Will Elijah Johnson rebound from his freshman benching in much the same way as did Russell Robinson, proving from the get-go of his soph season to be a dependable mainstay of the lineup? Will Markieff make the giant strides that Marcus did last season, now that Cole has departed? Will Mario Little and Travis Releford leap to prominence in the manner that most Jayhawk insiders have predicted? Will the game slow down enough for TRob that he can stay on the court long enough to establish his tremendous athleticism? Will Josh Selby authenticate Rivals ranking and become the #1 freshman player in the nation? The Jayhawk faithful and coaching staff are sitting upon a literal powderkeg of explosive talent. It might take six or eight weeks of comptition for the cogs to line up for stellar productivity, but Bill Self has the resources to compete with anyone this season.

chriz 4 years ago

I'd take Selby over Pullen any day. I agree that it's a bit ridiculous that he can't even make honorable mention. I hate the fact that KU is this much underrated--and I love it.

On a side note, why does Rivals have Zach Peters ranked 91st in the 2012 class? Has he always been that low? Or is it because he's coming to KU?

NotWiller 4 years ago

I agree w/ comments here questioning all the Pullen-mania, but it wouldn't be the most shocking thing in the world to see him have a huge year. Frank Martin gave a talk at the Salina Rotary Club a bit more than a week ago (yes, dad told me), saying that nobody's going to recognize Pullen when the season starts. Why? Did he shave? (no, dad didn't find that very funny). Martin claims he's put on tons of muscle in a hugely productive off season. Your average Purple Peter will believe just about any bit of nonsense from any yahoo that can produce a winning season, but I'd love to see the Mildcats have another good year- it'd be good for both of us (KU and K-State, not me and dad).

We'll see.......

jaybate 4 years ago

Big Twelve Pre-season Freshman of the Year?

Easily the stupidest award ever conceived.

"Some Other Pre-Season All-Stupid Sports Awards You May Not Yet Have Heard of:"

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Most Recruiting Baggage of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season AD with the Most Skeleton in His Closet.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Coach Doing Biggest Build Down of Program.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Fund Raiser of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Ethics Violater of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Excess Recruiting Phone Call Violater of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Cheap Shotter of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Training Table Chef of the Year.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Most Likely to Be Arrested for Driving Under Influence Award.

~Big Twelve Pre-Season Tea Totaller Award.

And these comprise just the tip of the ice berg of pre-season awards.

jaybate 4 years ago

Do you ever have a pair...of anything?

KanedaMGM 4 years ago

Do you have a life outside of the dank basement you hide in and the inane posts you obviously spend WAAAAY to much time coming up with?

jaybate 4 years ago

LaCanadaAmericanInternational,

We can be friends, but not for awhile.

Let me translate your post for myself and for others:

"No, I, LaCanadaAmericanInternational, lurk without a pair...of anything." :-)

I do like your spunk...but only for an invertabrate. :-)

You seem to have underwhelming frontal lobes for a human being.

Are you a failed experiment by the neo-eugenicists, or a successful one? :-)

(Alias' Note: I believe in good manners on the internet...and in paradox therapy.)

Or are you just one of those pitiful aliases that thinks they get to be as abusive to aliases on the internet, as their alter human egoes are to family members in their own dysfunctional homes?

Or do you just lack...excuse me, I already asked, and you already answered that?

Have a nice day and I look forward to being your mammarian buddy one day.

iCompassion and iParadox Therapy go hand in hand on the iNet in your iCase.

P.S.: What iInstitution of higher learning are you actually a lurker for? iMierda College of Bits and Bytes? Or iPhoenix State?

Pray tell.

CrodieBroyle 4 years ago

i'll take marcus morris as my big 12 POY

REHawk 4 years ago

Thursday eve, ESPN reports that L. Dunn returns to Baylor classes and practices.

Dan Harris 4 years ago

On a side note. I work with a guy who is an assistant coach of Nash's AAU team and he said Nash is almost a done deal to OSU,Oh well.

Annette Lee 4 years ago

Is Nash as good as Releford ? Is Nash as good as Cuz ? These kids don't want to wait for they're turn..

Rick Arnoldy 4 years ago

Pre-season awards are about the dumbest ideas ever conceived.

Do I really need to say “you haven’t done cr@p yet!”

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