Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Devonte’ Graham snags second Big 12 Player of the Year honor

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up the Fieldhouse during a timeout in the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) raises up the Fieldhouse during a timeout in the second half, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas senior Devonte' Graham backed up his Big 12 Player of the Year honor from the conference's coaches by winning the same honor from the Big 12 media on Tuesday.

Graham, the unanimous pick of the nine other Big 12 coaches for player of the year, edged out Oklahoma's Trae Young (the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by both voting panels) in the media voting on Tuesday — nine votes to seven — and both players were unanimous picks on the all-Big 12 first team.

They were joined by Texas Tech's Keenan Evans, West Virginia's Jevon Carter and Texas' Mo Bamba. The lone difference between the coaches' first team and AP team was Bamba landing on the first team over Kansas State's Dean Wade.

KU coach Bill Self also earned AP Coach of the Year, edging out Texas Tech's Chris Beard, whom he shared the coaches' honor with, 10 votes to seven. It marked the fourth consecutive such honor for Self and seventh in the last 13 seasons.

KU starters Udoka Azubuike and Svi Mykhailiuk both landed on the AP second team, joining Wade and K-State's Barry Brown and TCU's Kenrich Williams.

The following players earned honorable mention nods from the AP voters: Vladimir Brodziansky, TCU; Jeffrey Carroll, Oklahoma State; Sagaba Konate, West Virginia; Manu Lecomte, Baylor; Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Baylor; Malik Newman, Kansas; Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech; Mitchell Solomon, Oklahoma State; Lindell Wigginton, Iowa State.

Here's an updated list of all of the honors thrown at the 2017-18 Jayhawks so far:

Bill Self

USBWA District VI Coach of the Year

Big 12 co-Coach of the Year (Big 12, Associated Press)

Udoka Azubuike

All-Big 12 Second Team (Associated Press)

USBWA All-District VI Team

All-Big 12 Third Team (Big 12)

Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

Devonte' Graham First Team

USA TODAY All-America First Team

USBWA District VI Player of the Year

USBWA All-District VI Team

The Sporting News All-America First Team

Bob Cousy Award Finalist - 1 of 5

Big 12 Player of the Year (Big 12, Associated Press)

All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12, Associated Press)

Citizen Naismith Trophy Semifinalist - 1 of 10

Wooden Award National Ballot - 1 of 15

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

All-Big 12 Second Team (Big 12, Associated Press)

Malik Newman

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Associated Press)

Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Big 12 All-Newcomer Team

Lagerald Vick

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

Clay Young

Academic All-Big 12 First Team


Len Shaffer 3 years, 2 months ago

Seriously, the vote was only 9 to 7??? That's ridiculous! Apparently 7 members of the media thought that the competition ended before the conference season began.

Freddie Garza 3 years, 2 months ago

Well, I'd say that those 7 are probably more concerned with stats than they are with results. Devonte Graham is a proven WINNER, and I'll take that any day of the week.

Gary McCullough 3 years, 2 months ago

Dean Wade was much more productive and important to his team than Mo Bamba. Bamba is an athletic freak of nature, for sure, but he doesn't have many skills outside catch & dunk, and shot blocking. Both are great, but look what Wade does for K-State. He shoots three's with proficiency, drives with both hands, and plays defense out to the perimeter. I like the coaches' lean to award the last spot on the first team to Wade over Bamba.

Does anyone think Bamba sticks around for another year?

John Myers 3 years, 2 months ago

Just read this on Twitter.. Guess that’d be a no.. lol

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