OSU's Smart Named AP Big 12 Player Of The Year

Monday, March 11th 2013, 11:38 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is The Associated Press Big 12 men's basketball Player of the Year.

Teammate Markel Brown and OU's Romero Osby made second team, while another Cowboy Le'Bryan Nash made honorable mention.

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Smart is also the league's top freshman. He's only the third player to hold both awards at the same time.

In voting by a panel of AP members released Monday, Smart got 10 of 17 votes as player of the year. He got 14 points for top freshman.

Smart and a pair of Kansas teammates -- freshman Ben McLemore and senior Jeff Withey -- are unanimous All-Big 12 picks. They are joined on the first team by Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Kansas State's Rodney McGruder.

Kansas State's Bruce Weber is the league's Coach of the Year. Iowa State senior guard Will Clyburn, a transfer from Utah, is Newcomer of the Year.

It was also announced Monday Smart is one of five finalists for the prestigious Cousy Award. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

2/8/13 Related Story: OSU's Smart A Finalist For Cousy Award

2013 Associated Press Big 12 Teams


Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5-10, 180, senior, Las Vegas.

Rodney McGruder, Kansas St., 6-4, 205, senior, Washington, D.C.

Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 185, freshman, St. Louis.

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St., 6-4, 225, freshman, Flower Mound, Texas.

Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, senior, San Diego.


Isaiah Austin, Baylor, 7-1, 220, freshman, Arlington, Texas. C

Markel Brown, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 190, junior, Alexandria, La.

Will Clyburn, Iowa St., 6-7, 205, senior, Detroit.

Romero Osby, Oklahoma, 6-8, 232, senior, Meridian, Miss.

Angel Rodriguez, Kansas St., 5-11, 180, sophomore, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Melvin Ejim, Iowa St.; Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Korie Lucious, Iowa St.; Tyrus McGee, Iowa St.; Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma St.; Travis Releford, Kansas.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bruce Weber, Kansas St.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Will Clyburn, Iowa St.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St.