Iowa State's tight grip on the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award in recent seasons continued Sunday when junior Deonte Burton was named the conference's 2016 recipient, the fourth such honor for the Cyclones in the last five seasons.
Burton, who arrived midseason in 2014-15 as a transfer from Marquette, made his Iowa State debut in mid-December after sitting out the team's first nine games per NCAA transfer rules. In 22 games, including seven starts, Burton averaged 10 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a cog in the rotation.
Burton scored in double figures in 12 of the 22 games in which he appeared and after showcasing his abilities early on in December, the junior emerged when he entered the starting lineup for a seven-game stretch in early February. In those contests, Burton averaged 13.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 26.9 minutes per game.
In winning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Burton joins Royce White (2012), Will Clyburn (2013) and DeAndre Kane (2014) and the fourth Iowa Stater to win the award in the last five seasons. Jameel McKay fell short of winning the award last season when Oklahoma's TaShawn Thomas won the award.
Burton was also a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team.