Simien: A Tough Kid

Kansas fans don't need anyone to tell them Wayne Simien is a warrior. Now the Jayhawk's junior forward has earned a repeat conference honor as well as national recognition.

Simien was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for his efforts against Nebraska and Missouri last week, conference officials announced Monday. Simien averaged 22.0 points on 54.8 percent shooting from the field in his last two outings.

"I think (Wayne Simien) is playing about as well as anyone in the league. In league play he is averaging 19 (points) and over nine (rebounds) -- he has been great," said Kansas basketball coach Bill Self.

"We went against a guy (Arthur Johnson) yesterday that had probably the best performance -- maybe as good a performance there has been in our league this year."

This is the second time this season Simien has earned Player of the Week honors. Simien is also a Wooden Award finalist, one of just twenty players in the nation being considered for this honor.

"The kid does not complain and he has been hurt all year. He pulled his groin the day before the Michigan State game at our place and has gotten worse," said Self.

"We tried to give him weeks off at a time over Christmas and it didn't get better. He is going to need five to six weeks to heal when the season is over. It has limited his practice time. He only practices the day before games. He is a tough kid." Top Stories