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.


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 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.


Rick Arnoldy 3 years, 6 months ago

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

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


Annette Lee 3 years, 6 months ago

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


Dan Harris 3 years, 6 months 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.


REHawk 3 years, 6 months ago

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


CrodieBroyle 3 years, 6 months ago

i'll take marcus morris as my big 12 POY


Janet Scott 3 years, 6 months ago

Selby pre-season B12 freshman of the year? Absolutely. I saw Selby play in person last year in Baltimore. A man-child on the court. Terrific in all aspects of the game.


jaybate 3 years, 6 months 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.


NotWiller 3 years, 6 months 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.......


chriz 3 years, 6 months 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?


REHawk 3 years, 6 months 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.


Adam Evans 3 years, 6 months 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 3 years, 6 months 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!


LAJayhawk 3 years, 6 months 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.


Ron Prichard 3 years, 6 months 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.


Jim Pendleton 3 years, 6 months 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!!


Kurt Eskilson 3 years, 6 months ago

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


Chris Bruning 3 years, 6 months 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


William Blake 3 years, 6 months ago

"Pullen was voted as the preseason player of the year."



Royaljayhwk 3 years, 6 months ago

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


BBQJayhawk2312 3 years, 6 months ago

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


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