Self has rave reviews for Sutton

Kansas coach Bill Self was not suprised Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

"I think he has done a great job and his entire staff has done a great job. He should be a slam dunk for Big 12 Coach of the Year," said Kansas coach Self last week.

In his 14th season at Oklahoma State, Sutton has guided the Cowboys to their first Big 12 Conference championship, No. 7 ranking, and an undefeated home season. OSU claimed 20 victories for the last seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in school history.

"The thing that always impressed me about Coach (Sutton) is that he always adjusted to fit his players' style. He has been a power team and people said he didn't play that fast. He has been a speed team when he had athletes and shooters. The constant is that they all guard," said Self.

"He should be national coach of the year -- it may be hard to beat (Phil) Martelli (St. Joseph's) and (Mike) Montgomery (Stanford). He is right there. He has done a remarkable job. They have good players and there is no doubt about that."

One of those good players is senior Tony Allen who was named Player of the Year. It marks the fourth time in the last five years the Big 12 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year come from the same institution. In 1997 Kansas claimed the honor with Roy Williams and Raef LaFrentz and again in 2002 with Williams and Drew Gooden.

Other student-athletes who received player of the year votes from the coaches include Texas Tech senior Andre Emmett, Oklahoma State junior John Lucas, and Kansas junior Wayne Simien.

Wayne Simien joins Allen on the coaches' All-Big 12 first alongside Lucas, Emmett, and Colorado junior David Harrison. Kansas players Keith Langford was named to the second team and Aaron Miles to the third team.

Oklahoma State junior Joey Graham is the coaches' selection for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year while Big 12 Freshman of the Year goes to Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson.

Coaches were not allowed vote for their own players on the ballot. In all there are 31 student-athletes represented on the 2004 all-conference squad. Top Stories