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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Remy Martin named preseason Big 12 player of the year; Agbaji, McCormack also first teamers

Kansas seniors, from left to right, Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack and Remy Martin were recently named preseason all-Big 12 picks by the conference's coaches, with Martin earning the preseason player of the year nod.

Kansas seniors, from left to right, Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack and Remy Martin were recently named preseason all-Big 12 picks by the conference's coaches, with Martin earning the preseason player of the year nod.

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The 2021 preseason all-Big 12 men’s basketball team has a significant KU hue to it.

Newcomer Remy Martin on Wednesday was named the Big 12 preseason player of the year by the league’s coaches and he was joined on the six-man first team by KU seniors Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack.

According to the Big 12, a tie in the voting resulted in an extra spot being added to the preseason team.

Martin becomes the 10th Jayhawk to earn preseason Big 12 player of the year honors and the eighth under current Kansas coach Bill Self.

“I’m happy our players are getting preseason recognition but they understand the success of the team will translate to postseason honors,” Self said in a news release shortly after the team was announced. “I’m glad they are on people’s radars heading into the season.”

A three-time all-Pac-12 selection at Arizona State before coming to KU, Martin led the Pac-12 last season at 19.1 points per game, including an average of 21.5 points per game in conference play. Martin brings career totals of 1,754 points, 466 assists, 151 steals and 176 3-point field goals made to the 2021-22 Kansas lineup.

Agbaji, who returned to KU for his senior season after exploring a jump to the NBA draft in the offseason, led the Jayhawks in scoring last season at 14.1 points per game. He also earned all-Big 12 honorable mention honors for the second season in a row. He enters the upcoming season ranked 18th on the KU 3-point field goals made list with 147 and 16th in 3-point field goals attempted with 418.

McCormack averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 2020-21 and was the named the first recipient of the Big 12 Most Improved Player Award at the end of the season. The Norfolk, Va., forward also earned a second-team all-Big 12 nod at the end of last season.

Baylor senior Matthew Mayer, Texas transfer Marcus Carr and Texas Tech junior Terrance Shannon junior rounded out the preseason team.

Carr also received preseason newcomer of the year honors and Baylor freshman Kendall Brown was named the preseason freshman of the year.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.

2021-22 Big 12 Preseason Honors

Preseason Player of the Year – Remy Martin, Kansas (G, 6-0, 175, Sr., Burbank, Calif.)

Preseason Newcomer of the Year – Marcus Carr, Texas (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Preseason Freshman of the Year – Kendall Brown, Baylor (G/F, 6-8, 205, Cottage Grove, Minn.)

Preseason all-Big 12 team (listed alphabetically by school)

Matthew Mayer, Baylor (G/F, 6-9, 225, Sr., Austin, Texas/Westlake)

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas (G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Kansas City, Mo./Oak Park)

Remy Martin, Kansas (G, 6-0, 175, Sr., Burbank, Calif /Sierra Canyon/Arizona State)

David McCormack, Kansas (F, 6-10, 250, Sr., Norfolk, Va./Oak Hill Academy)

Marcus Carr, Texas (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Canada/Montverde Acad./Pitt/Minnesota)

Terrence Shannon, Jr., Texas Tech (G, 6-6, 215, Jr., Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park)

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school): James Akinjo (Baylor), Avery Anderson (Oklahoma State), Moussa Cisse (Oklahoma State), Mike Miles (TCU), Andrew Jones (Texas), Tre Mitchell (Texas), Taz Sherman (West Virginia).

Kansas Preseason Big 12 Players of the Year

2021-22 - Remy Martin

2019-20 – Udoka Azubuike

2017-18 – Devonte’ Graham

2009-10 – Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins

2006-07 – Brandon Rush and Julian Wright

2004-05 – Wayne Simien

1997-98 – Raef LaFrentz

1996-97 – Jacque Vaughn

Comments

Michael Leiker 1 week, 6 days ago

How does a newcomer who is picked as player of the year also not get picked as newcomer of the year?

Dirk Medema 1 week, 5 days ago

Michael - Valid logic, but it’s a matter of voting so the coaches can choose who to list. They chose to recognize both players with a slight nod to Remy as POTY probably being considered slightly better than NOTY.

Dirk Medema 1 week, 5 days ago

While nice recognition, it should be motivation for plenty of players/teams. It’s not like we’re the only highly rated team this year. Jalen should be plenty motivated, especially if he does really expect to make the jump next year. Ultimately, if the team is really successful in March and April then he (and others?) will likely have done enough to go, similar to Mario and others.

Scott MacWilliams 1 week, 5 days ago

Notice any little gaps in that Big 12 preseason player of the year list? Where's Frank Mason??? He was on the preseason All-Big 12 team but Monte Morris from ISU was picked as preseason player of the year. Seems like Frank had a better year than Monte...

Rodney Crain 1 week, 5 days ago

Its the awards at the end of the year that matter.

Who cares that a transfer who has beaten us twice, is considered the Preseason player of the year in our conference? It a meaningless selection. I like Remy and he might be the best player on our team, but that says something about recruiting and our conference.

Remy is projected a 3rd team All American.

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