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Marcus Smart Tabbed Big 12 Preseason Player Of The Year

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Big 12 coaches tabbed Marcus Smart for Preseason Player of the Year on Thursday. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas' touted freshman is the Preseason Freshman of the Year while fellow Jayhawk Tarik Black was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Markel Brown joins Smart on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. The two Cowboys are joined by Wiggins, Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim and Baylor's twin towers Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson. A tie in the voting created the six-member team.

Wiggins' selection to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team is unprecedented by a freshman. Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Marcus Smart; not a one selected to the preseason team by the coaches.

Big 12 Conference Preseason Basketball Honors

Player of the Year — Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 220, So

Newcomer of the Year — Tarik Black, Kansas, 6-9, 260, Sr

Freshman of the Year — Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr

All-Big 12 Team

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 220, So **

Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 190, Sr

Isaiah Austin, Baylor, 7-1, 225, So

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, 6-6, 230, Sr

Cory Jefferson, Baylor, 6-9, 220, Sr

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6-8, 200, Fr

** unanimous selection

Honorable Mention

Perry Ellis and Joel Embiid (Kansas), Shane Southwell (K-State), Michael Cobbins and Le'Bryan Nash (OSU), Eron Harris (West Virginia)

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