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Marcus Morris, Josh Selby earn preseason all-Big 12 honors

Kansas forward Marcus Morris delivers a dunk on Lehigh defenders Gabe Knutson, left, and Zahir Carrington during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

Kansas forward Marcus Morris delivers a dunk on Lehigh defenders Gabe Knutson, left, and Zahir Carrington during the second half Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

October 14, 2010, 9:52 a.m. Updated October 15, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris was named to the five-player preseason All-Big 12 team Thursday as voted by the league’s coaches.

Jayhawks earn conference honors

Several Jayhawks were listed on the Big 12's preseason honors for the basketball season. Marcus Morris was named to the team while several other Jayhawks were given honorable mentions. Enlarge video

Morris was joined by Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly, Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn and Colorado’s Cory Higgins.

KU’s Josh Selby, who was named preseason freshman of the year, was tapped all-league honorable mention, along with junior Tyshawn Taylor.

Morris has been listed on numerous preseason All-America teams entering the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-9 Philadelphia native is a two-year starter and earned All-Big 12 second-team honors last season when he led the conference in field-goal percentage for league games at 56.1 percent. Morris had five games of 20-plus points in 2009-10 and 14 contests with eight or more rebounds.

A 6-2 Baltimore guard, Selby was rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. He averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals during his senior campaign.

Taylor, a two-year starter from Hoboken, N.J., averaged 7.2 points last season and 9.7 points in 2008-09, his freshman season at KU.

Also on Thursday, K-State’s Pullen was named preseason player of the year and Missouri’s Ricardo Ratliffe newcomer of the year.

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school): Alec Burks, Colorado; Selby and Taylor, KU; Jamar Samuels, Kansas State; Kim English, Missouri; Jordan Hamilton, Gary Johnson and Cory Joseph, Texas; David Loubeau, Texas A-M; John Roberson and Mike Singletary, Texas Tech.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, here we go, the university spending money and pomp and circumstance on another potential one-and-done player. When will the leaders of the university learn to stop this kind of crap. This guy has not played a lick and the hype has already begun. Do these people not have the capacity to learn from past expierence and stop this foolishness. There is nothing until the numbers go up on the scoreboard.

JayDocMD 4 years, 8 months ago

Spending money? I wasn't aware of this practice. How much does it cost to buy Freshman of the Year honors? The better question is how much more does first team cost than honorable mention? IMO, the school would have been much better off to promote team unity by purchasing an honorable mention for each scholarship player. But that's just me.

Tom Wilson 4 years, 8 months ago

This article is moot as far as Selby is concerned. The way the NCAA operates, Selby MAY be cleared to play by the year 2018. The NCAA has learned in order to gain more exposure in the media to wait till the last minute to announce a decision; or, in UNC's case, till after the player has left school. The NCAA should be ashamed of its performance. If it were a real business, it would have been shut down years ago.

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