Kansas City, Mo. Judging by the youth of the 1989-90 Associated Press all-Big Eight basketball team, this may not be the last season the conference boasts a top-ranked team.
When the votes were all tallied from a panel of media representatives, the all-Big Eight squad contained only one senior on the first unit.
Altogether, the first and second all-conference squads of the league that held down the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll the last nine weeks of the regular season has four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores.
Leading the balloting by a panel of sports writers and sportscasters were Doug Smith of regular season champion Missouri and Kansas guard Kevin Pritchard, the only senior on the first team.
Joining them on the first team were Oklahoma State sophomore Byron Houston, 6-7, Missouri sophomore Anthony Peeler, 6-4, and Colorado junior Shaun Vandiver, 6-10.
THE ONLY unanimous first-team choice was Smith, a 6-10 junior who averaged almost 28 points in a a late-season run that helped coach Norm Stewart's Tigers earn their seventh regular season title.
Pritchard, who led Kansas in scoring, assists, steals and free-throw percentage, was named on every ballot but one.
Pritchard, as a sophomore, was a key ingredient in Kansas' national championship team. As a senior, he led the Jayhawks with 14.5 points per game, 155 assists, 54 steals and a free-throw percentage of 80.9.
``Kevin Pritchard has had a sensational season,'' said Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs. ``Whatever his team has needed, he has done. I've admired him for four years.''
Peeler, the talk of the league in January when he was being compared with the Big Eight's all-time greats, wound up the regular season in a puzzling, maddening shooting slump but still was contributing with valuable steals and assists.
The 225-pound Houston is the first Oklahoma State player in 11 years to average in double figures in both points and rebounds.
Vandiver, the Big Eight's newcomer of the year last season, led all Big Eight players by averaging 22 points and 10.9 rebounds for a Colorado team that finished last in the league for a fifth straight year.
SKEETER HENRY, Oklahoma's high-energy, 6-7 senior, heads the second unit. Also in the second five is Kansas State's Steve Henson, 6-1, the preseason choice for player-of-the-year who failed to hit full stride until February.
Nathan Buntin, 6-9, who averaged almost 10 rebounds for Missouri's regular season champions, was also named to the second team, along with Kansas' Mark Randall, 6-9, and Iowa State's Victor Alexander, 6-9, whose 20-point average made him the league's second-leading scorer.
The AP team is selected by a panel of 16 writers and broadcasters who regularly cover Big Eight basketball.
AP All-Big Eight
Doug Smith, Missouri, Jr., 6-10, 215, Detroit, Mich.
Kevin Pritchard, Kansas, Sr., 6-3, 180, Tulsa, Okla.
Anthony Peeler, Missouri, Soph., 6-4, 188, Kansas City, Mo.
Byron Houston, Oklahoma State, Soph., 6-7, 225, Oklahoma City.
Shaun Vandiver, Colorado, Jr., 6-10, 220, Bowlingbrook, Ill. SECOND TEAM
Skeeter Henry, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-7, 180, Grand Prairie, Texas.
Steve Henson, Kansas State, Sr., 6-1, 180, McPherson, Kan.
Mark Randall, Kansas, Jr., 6-9, 230, Englewood, Colo.
Nathan Buntin, Missouri, Sr., 6-9, 215, Detroit, Mich.
Victor Alexander, Iowa State, Jr., 6-9, 265, Detroit, Mich. HONORABLE MENTION
William Davis, Oklahoma; Clifford Scales, Nebraska; Stevie Wise, Colorado; Jean Derouillere, Kansas State; Rick Calloway, Kansas; Lee Coward, Missouri; Jackie Jones, Oklahoma; Damon Patterson, Oklahoma; Rich King, Nebraska; Doug Collins, Iowa State; Terry Woods, Iowa State; Jeff Gueldner, Kansas; Royce Jeffries, Oklahoma State; Smokey McCovery, Oklahoma; Terry Evans, Oklahoma.