Big 12 Postseason Basketball Awards Announced

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 announced the leagues postseason basketball awards on Sunday

The Big 12 announced the leagues postseason basketball awards on Sunday and the Jayhawks were well represented. The headliner for Kansas was Jeff Withey who was named defensive player of the year for the second year in a row while also being named to the first team all conference squad and the all Big 12 defensive squad.

Ben McLemore was a candidate for Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year but he fell short with Marcus Smart claiming both honors. Unfortunately McLemore's disappearing act in a few road games this year probably hurt his cause along with the fact that Smart seemed to come up huge in every big game for the Cowboys. McLemore was however named to the 1st team All Big 12 unit along with the All Rookie team.

Travis Releford earned second team All Big 12 mention while Elijah Johnson earned Honorable Mention in that category.

Withey is the first player in Big 12 history to win the defensive award outright in back-to-back seasons. He has 124 blocked shots, a total that ranks fourth on the single-season Big 12 chart after he set the record with 140 in 2011-12. Withey became the league's all-time career leader in rejections this year as well with a current total of 289.

The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

2012-13 PHILLIPS 66 ALL-BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr., 6-4, 225, Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Withey, Kansas, C, Sr., 7-0, 235, San Diego, Calif./Horizon**

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Will Clyburn, Iowa State, G, Sr., 6-7, 205, Detroit, Mich./Romulus/Marshalltown CC/Utah

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr., 6-4, 225, Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus**

SIXTH MAN AWARD
Tyrus McGee, Iowa State, G, Sr., 6-2, 205, Stringtown, Okla./Stringtown/Cowley County CC

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, F, Jr., 6-6, 220, Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy [N.H.]

COACH OF THE YEAR
Bruce Weber, Kansas State [Career: 338-161, 15th season; At K-State: 25-6, 1st season]

All-Big 12 First Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Ben McLemore, Kansas G 6-5 185 Fr. St. Louis, Mo./Christian Life Center [Texas]
Jeff Withey, Kansas C 7-0 235 Sr. San Diego, Calif./Horizon
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State G 6-4 205 Sr. Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
Romero Osby, Oklahoma F 6-8 232 Sr. Meridian, Miss./Mississippi State University
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State G 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus
All-Big 12 Second Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Pierre Jackson, Baylor G 5-10 180 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines/ College of Southern Idaho
Will Clyburn, Iowa State G 6-7 205 Sr. Detroit, Mich./Romulus/Marshalltown CC/Utah
Travis Releford, Kansas G 6-6 210 Sr. Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege
Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State G 5-11 180 So. San Juan, Puerto Rico/Krop [Fla.]
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State G 6-3 190 Jr. Alexandria, La./Peabody
All-Big 12 Third Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Isaiah Austin, Baylor C 7-1 220 Fr. Arlington, Texas/Grace Preparatory Academy
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State F 6-6 220 Jr. Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy [N.H]
Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma F 6-9 208 Jr. Bordeaux, France/University of Wyoming
Steven Pledger, Oklahoma G 6-4 219 Sr. Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian School
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State G/F 6-7 230 So. Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Korie Lucious (Iowa State), Tyrus McGee (Iowa State), Elijah Johnson (Kansas), Shane Southwell (Kansas State), Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma State), Jaye Crockett (Texas Tech), Eron Harris (West Virginia), Deniz Kilicli (West Virginia)
Big 12 All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Chris Babb, Iowa State G 6-5 225 Sr. Arlington, Texas/The Oakridge School/Penn State
Travis Releford, Kansas G 6-6 210 Sr. Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege
Jeff Withey, Kansas** C 7-0 235 Sr. San Diego, Calif./Horizon
Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State G 5-11 180 So. San Juan, Puerto Rico/Krop [Fla.]
Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State F 6-8 220 So. Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State** G 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus
Big 12 All-Rookie Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Isaiah Austin, Baylor C 7-1 220 Fr. Arlington, Texas/Grace Preparatory Academy
Will Clyburn, Iowa State G 6-7 205 Sr. Detroit, Mich./Romulus/Marshalltown CC/Utah
Georges Niang, Iowa State F 6-7 235 Fr. Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School
Ben McLemore, Kansas** G 6-5 185 Fr. St. Louis, Mo./Christian Life Center [Texas]
Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma F 6-9 208 Jr. Bordeaux, France/University of Wyoming
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State** G 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus
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