Collins, Taylor Get Big 12 Accolades

IRVING, Texas - Junior guard Sherron Collins and freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) have been named as the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week for Feb. 23 - March 1 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is the third player honor this year for Collins, while Taylor captures rookie recognition for the fourth time.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G, Jr., 5-11, 200, Chicago, Ill./Crane
Collins is named top player for the second consecutive week after leading the Jayhawks to victories over two top 10 teams in No. 3 Oklahoma (87-78) and No. 8 Missouri (90-65).  The junior guard averaged 25.5 points, including a career-high tying 26 at OU.  He shot 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor, hitting 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from 3-point range.  He was the key KU player down the stretch against the Sooners, scoring 15 of his 26 points in the final six minutes.  He also had nine assists and three steals last week.  Collins has finished with 20 points or more 10 times this season, including each of the last four games.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas, G, Fr., 6-3, 180, Hoboken, N.J./Saint Anthony
Taylor averaged 20.5 points in the Jayhawks' two victories, the best two-game stretch of his freshman campaign.   The top performance came against Oklahoma, as he scored a career-best 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting.  A total of 16 of those points came in the first half.  In two contests, he shot 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field, including 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from beyond the arc.  He also added 11 free throws and nine assists.  Taylor has three 20-point efforts this season and has scored in double digits in 15 outings.  He leads all Big 12 freshmen with 89 assists and is tied for second with 32 steals.   The four rookie accolades matches the fifth-most in one season in Big 12 history.

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