Simien Earns Big 12 Honors

DALLAS—Kansas junior Wayne Simien came up big in the Jayhawks' 81-74 win against then-No. 3 Michigan State. The forward scored 28 points in the game and is the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week.

For the second straight week, Texas freshman P.J. Tucker is the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week. Last week the forward averaged 16.5 points in two UT wins. Both honors are chosen by a media panel.

Wayne Simien lit up the third-ranked Spartans for a career-high 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Leavenworth, Kan., forward also went a career-best 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Simien is 20-for-21 from the free throw line through three games this season. On the year, Simienaverages 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. He is also making 60.7 percent from the field.

Tucker posted 18 points (8-of-9 FG) and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes in UT’s win against Sam Houston. The Raleigh, N.C., forward then recorded a team-high 15 points (7-of-10 FG), four boards and three assists in 22 minutes against Centenary. For the week Tucker averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while hitting 15-of-19 (.789) field goals during the Horns’ two wins this week. He leads the team in scoring (17 ppg) and field goal percentage (.733, 22-of-30) and ranks third in rebounding (9.3 rpg) through the first three contests despite playing just 21.3 mpg while coming off the bench. Tucker became the first freshman in UT history to record back-to-back double-doubles to start his career.

2003-04 Phillips 66 Big 12 Player(s) & Rookie(s) of the Week


Nov. 24            Andre Emmett, Sr., Texas Tech

Dec. 1              Wayne Simien, Jr., Kansas



Nov. 24            P.J. Tucker, Fr., Texas

Dec. 1              P.J. Tucker, Fr., Texas Top Stories