Prior to the Big 12 Men's NCAA Tournament, the conference has released its honors for the 2014-2015 season.
Big 12 Player of the Year: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
“After becoming the first Sooner to lead the Big 12 in scoring since 2008-09, Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Hield's 17.4 points per game was the best in the league for all games played, while his 18.5-point average also ranked first in conference competition. He ranked in the top 15 in rebounding (5.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.424), free throw shooting (.804) and steals (43). The junior has scored in double figures in all but one Big 12 game, including 20 points or more eight times. Hield is the second Sooner (Blake Griffin, 2008-09) to earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors." -Big 12 Conference
Defensive Player of the Year: Jameel McKay, Iowa State
“Jameel McKay became eligible in December and finished third in conference play in rebounding with 7.4 boards per game. The Iowa State junior was second in blocks with 45 in 18 league contests, while his total of 50 rejections overall was third among Big 12 players despite playing in just 21 games. He has finished the regular season strong, posting double-doubles in the final three outings. McKay is the first Cyclone to be named the Big 12's top defender.”-Big 12 Conference
Newcomer of the Year: TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma
“TaShawn Thomas transferred to Oklahoma prior to this season and made an immediate impact. The senior forward scored in double figures 17 times and had 42 blocked shots. He shot 51.4 percent on the season (second in the league), was a three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and has started all 126 games of his career. Thomas is the fifth OU player to be chosen for newcomer accolades.” -Big 12 Conference
Freshman of the Year: Myles Turner, Texas
“For the fifth time, the Freshman of the Year is a Texas Longhorn. Myles Turner has 87 blocked shots, three away from the Big 12 single-season freshman record and five short of the school mark. He has recorded at least five blocks in nine different games and also leads the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg) while placing second in scoring (10.8 ppg).” -Big 12 Conference
Sixth Man Award: Taurean Prince, Baylor
“Among the top 15 in overall scoring and rebounding, Prince established his presence without making one start in Big 12 play. He finished third in conference action with 15.6 points per contest and was fourth in field goal percentage (.473). He has a team-best 25 games in double-figures in 2014-15 and has reached the plateau in 15 consecutive outings. Prince is the third Baylor Bear to win the Sixth Man Award.” -Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Coach of the Year: Bob Huggins, West Virginia
“Bob Huggins led the Mountaineers to the second-highest win total in the Big 12 after being selected sixth in the conference preseason poll. West Virginia has 11 conference wins for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign and its 23 wins overall are the most since the 2009-10 Final Four season. The award is the 11th Coach of the Year accolade for Huggins in his 33-year coaching career.” -Big 12 Conference
(Here's the entire list of conference honors).
The Big 12 Tournament tips off on Wednesday evening, with Kansas State vs. TCU at 6:00 p.m. and Texas Tech vs. Texas at 8:30 p.m. Make sure to check out Scout's Big 12 Tournament preview for all you need to know about the tournament.