Remy Martin named preseason Big 12 player of the year; Agbaji, McCormack also first teamers
photo by: Nick Krug/Special to the Journal-World
The 2021 preseason all-Big 12 men’s basketball team has a significant KU hue to it.
Newcomer Remy Martin on Wednesday was named the Big 12 preseason player of the year by the league’s coaches and he was joined on the six-man first team by KU seniors Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack.
According to the Big 12, a tie in the voting resulted in an extra spot being added to the preseason team.
Martin becomes the 10th Jayhawk to earn preseason Big 12 player of the year honors and the eighth under current Kansas coach Bill Self.
“I’m happy our players are getting preseason recognition but they understand the success of the team will translate to postseason honors,” Self said in a news release shortly after the team was announced. “I’m glad they are on people’s radars heading into the season.”
A three-time all-Pac-12 selection at Arizona State before coming to KU, Martin led the Pac-12 last season at 19.1 points per game, including an average of 21.5 points per game in conference play. Martin brings career totals of 1,754 points, 466 assists, 151 steals and 176 3-point field goals made to the 2021-22 Kansas lineup.
Agbaji, who returned to KU for his senior season after exploring a jump to the NBA draft in the offseason, led the Jayhawks in scoring last season at 14.1 points per game. He also earned all-Big 12 honorable mention honors for the second season in a row. He enters the upcoming season ranked 18th on the KU 3-point field goals made list with 147 and 16th in 3-point field goals attempted with 418.
McCormack averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 2020-21 and was the named the first recipient of the Big 12 Most Improved Player Award at the end of the season. The Norfolk, Va., forward also earned a second-team all-Big 12 nod at the end of last season.
Baylor senior Matthew Mayer, Texas transfer Marcus Carr and Texas Tech junior Terrance Shannon junior rounded out the preseason team.
Carr also received preseason newcomer of the year honors and Baylor freshman Kendall Brown was named the preseason freshman of the year.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.
2021-22 Big 12 Preseason Honors
Preseason Player of the Year – Remy Martin, Kansas (G, 6-0, 175, Sr., Burbank, Calif.)
Preseason Newcomer of the Year – Marcus Carr, Texas (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Preseason Freshman of the Year – Kendall Brown, Baylor (G/F, 6-8, 205, Cottage Grove, Minn.)
Preseason all-Big 12 team (listed alphabetically by school)
Matthew Mayer, Baylor (G/F, 6-9, 225, Sr., Austin, Texas/Westlake)
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas (G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Kansas City, Mo./Oak Park)
Remy Martin, Kansas (G, 6-0, 175, Sr., Burbank, Calif /Sierra Canyon/Arizona State)
David McCormack, Kansas (F, 6-10, 250, Sr., Norfolk, Va./Oak Hill Academy)
Marcus Carr, Texas (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Montverde Acad./Pittsburgh/Minnesota)
Terrence Shannon, Jr., Texas Tech (G, 6-6, 215, Jr., Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park)
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school): James Akinjo (Baylor), Avery Anderson (Oklahoma State), Moussa Cisse (Oklahoma State), Mike Miles (TCU), Andrew Jones (Texas), Tre Mitchell (Texas), Taz Sherman (West Virginia).
Kansas Preseason Big 12 Players of the Year
2021-22 – Remy Martin
2019-20 – Udoka Azubuike
2017-18 – Devonte’ Graham
2009-10 – Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins
2006-07 – Brandon Rush and Julian Wright
2004-05 – Wayne Simien
1997-98 – Raef LaFrentz
1996-97 – Jacque Vaughn