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Today the Big 12 is announcing several individual as well as All Big 12 team awards following the end of regular season conference play on Saturday.  Several Jayhawks figure to be in the mix for various mention but first up was Cole Aldrich.

Cole Aldrich was named to the Big 12 All Defensive Team, Big 12 First Team and wrapped up the Defensive Player of the Year.  Aldrich finished second in the conference with 3.38 blocks per game during conference play.  What puts him over the top in the minds of many is the difficulty he creates on the interior whether it's in making the block or disrupting the shot.

The second Kansas player to earn mention was freshman Xavier Henry who found himself on the Big 12 All Rookie team as well as getting the nod as an honorable mention All Big 12 Player.  Despite some early struggles, Henry finished conference play averaging 14.2 points per game on the season.

Sherron Collins joined Cole Aldrich on the First Team All BIg 12 making Kansas the only team with multiple players on the 6 man first team. 

Marcus Morris was named second team after exploding during conference play and has positioned himself form plenty of early mention at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season.

Congrats to Cole, Sherron, Marcus and Xavier.  Full list of Awards after the jump.

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

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Junction City, Ark./Junction City

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F, Jr., 6-10, 240, Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Michigan

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Alec Burks, Colorado, G, Fr., 6-6, 185, Grandview, Mo./Grandview

SIXTH MAN AWARD
Jamar Samuels, Kansas State, F, So., 6-7, 215, Washington, D.C./The Patterson School [N.C.]

COACH OF THE YEAR
Frank Martin, Kansas State [Career: 67-30, 3rd season; At KSU: 67-30, 3rd season]

All-Big 12 First Team
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Cole Aldrich, Kansas C 6-11 245 Jr. Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
Sherron Collins, Kansas G 5-11 205 Sr. Chicago, Ill./Crane
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State G 6-0 200 Jr. Maywood, Ill./Proviso East
James Anderson, Oklahoma State** G 6-6 205 Jr. Junction City, Ark./Junction City
Damion James, Texas** G/F 6-7 225 Sr. Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches
Donald Sloan, Texas A&M G 6-3 205 Sr. Dallas, Texas/Seagoville
 
All-Big 12 Second Team
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor G 6-4 205 Jr. Monroe, La./Excelsior Christian School
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor F 6-10 240 Jr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Michigan
Craig Brackins, Iowa State F 6-10 230 Jr. Palmdale, Calif./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Marcus Morris, Kansas F 6-8 225 So. Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Carter/APEX Academy [N.J.]
Denis Clemente, Kansas State G 6-1 175 Sr. Bayamon, Puerto Rico/Calusa Prep/Miami [Fla.]
 
All-Big 12 Third Team
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Tweety Carter, Baylor G 5-11 185 Sr. Reserve, La./Reserve Christian School
Cory Higgins, Colorado G 6-5 190 Jr. Danville, Calif./Monta Vista/The Pendleton School [Fla.]
Kim English, Missouri G 6-6 200 So. Baltimore, Md./Randallstown/Notre Dame Prep
Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma G 5-11 203 Fr. Houston, Texas/James Madison
Bryan Davis, Texas A&M F 6-9 250 Sr. Dallas, Texas/Grand Prairie
 
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Alec Burks (Colorado), Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State), Xavier Henry (Kansas), Zaire Taylor (Missouri), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Obi Muonelo (Oklahoma State), Avery Bradley (Texas), John Roberson (Texas Tech), Mike Singletary (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor F 6-10 240 Jr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Michigan
Cole Aldrich, Kansas C 6-11 245 Jr. Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State G 6-0 200 Jr. Maywood, Ill./Proviso East
J.T. Tiller, Missouri G 6-3 200 Sr. Marietta, Ga./Wheeler
Dogus Balbay, Texas G 6-1 175 Jr. Istanbul, Turkey/Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Bryan Davis, Texas A&M F 6-9 250 Sr. Dallas, Texas/Grand Prairie
 
Big 12 All-Rookie Team
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor F 6-10 240 Jr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Michigan
Alec Burks, Colorado G 6-6 185 Fr. Grandview, Mo./Grandview
Xavier Henry, Kansas G 6-6 220 Fr. Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City
Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma G 5-11 203 Fr. Houston, Texas/James Madison
Avery Bradley, Texas G 6-2 180 Fr. Tacoma, Wash./Findlay Prep [Nev.]

** - Unanimous Selection
Ties in the voting created additional spots for the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Defensive Team