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AP: Marcus Smart Big 12 player of year; Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore 1st team

Kansas forward Kevin Young defends against a drive from Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart during the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas forward Kevin Young defends against a drive from Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart during the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

March 11, 2013

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

And he's 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're joined on the first team by Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Kansas State's Rodney McGruder.

Travis Releford was the only other Jayhawk honored by the AP, as he earned honorable mention status.

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.

FIRST TEAM:

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.

SECOND TEAM:

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.

HONORABLE MENTION:

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.

Comments

Take_a_letter_Maria 1 year, 9 months ago

It would be interesting to know if votes for Jeff and Ben cancelled each other out - so to speak - and led to Marcus Smart getting more votes/points than either of the KU players in both this and the coach's poll.

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