Maric Named to Coaches All-Big 12 Second Team

Junior center Aleks Maric was named to the All-Big 12 second team by the leagues head coaches, the conference office announced on Sunday, March 4.

The all-conference award is the 20th given to a Husker since the formation of the Big 12 Conference and the third second-team honor. Maric is the Huskers' first second-team all-conference selection since Cookie Belcher earned the accolade as a senior in 2001. Tyronn Lue also earned second-team honors in 1996-97 as a sophomore and was one of two Huskers to earn first-team accolades when he picked up the honor in 1997-98. The 1999 Big 12 Player of the Year, Venson Hamilton was Nebraska 's other first-team honoree since the formation of the conference.

Maric was selected in voting by the league head coaches after posting 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, season totals that rank fourth and second in the conference, respectively. His Big 12-only stats were even more impressive as he gained 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in league action.

The league leader in field-goal percentage nearly all season, Maric has put his name among the elite players in Nebraska history this season. He posted the second-highest scoring game in NU history with 41 points at home against Kansas State and has become the only player in Nebraska history to rank on the single-game top-10 scoring chart three times.

Maric also was only the second player in the 111-year history of the program to post at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds before the end of his junior season. He now has 1,075 points and 655 rebounds, leaving him 14 boards short of reaching the school's top-10 list. He is currently 23rd on the all-time scoring chart, just six points from moving into 22nd.

With 520 points this season, Maric needs just six more points to move into 10th on the NU single-season scoring list. His 18.6 points per game average is the highest by a Husker since Tyronn Lue had 21.2 points per game in 1997-98.

2006-07 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards
Player of the Year
KevinDurant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian

Defensive Players of the Year
Mario Chalmers, Kansas, G, So., 6-1, 195, Anchorage, Alaska/Bartlett
Marcus Dove, Oklahoma State, G/F, Jr., 6-9, 215, Long Beach, Calif./Millikan

Newcomer of the Year
**Stefhon Hannah, Missouri, G, Jr., 6-0, 175, Chicago, Ill./Chipola CC/Hyde Park

Freshman of the Year
**Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian

Sixth Man Award
Cartier Martin, Kansas State, G/F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Houston, Texas/Nimitz

Coach of the Year
Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M (Career: 98-56 - 5th season;  At A&M: 68-24 - 3rd season)

All-Big 12 First Team
Brandon Rush, Kansas, G
Julian Wright, Kansas, F
Mario Boggan, Oklahoma State, F/C
Kevin Durant, Texas**, F/G
Acie Law, Texas
A&M**, G
Jarrius Jackson , Texas Tech, G

All-Big 12 Second Team
David Hoskins, Kansas State, G/F
Cartier Martin, Kansas State,G/F
Aleks Maric, Nebraska , C
D.J. Augustin, Texas, G
Joseph Jones, Texas A&M, F

All-Big 12 Third Team
Mario Chalmers, Kansas, G
Stefhon Hannah, Missouri
, G
Nate Carter, Oklahoma, F
JamesOn Curry, Oklahoma State, G
Martin Zeno , Texas Tech, G

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Aaron Bruce (Baylor), Curtis Jerrells (Baylor), Richard Roby (Colorado), Mike Taylor (Iowa State), Darrell Arthur (Kansas), Sherron Collins (Kansas), A.J. Abrams (Texas), Josh Carter (Texas A&M), Antanas Kavaliauskas (Texas A&M)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Mario Chalmers, Kansas, G
Russell Robinson, Kansas,G
Marcus Dove, Oklahoma State, G/F
Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G
Dominique Kirk, Texas A&M, G

Big 12 All-Rookie Team
Wesley Johnson, Iowa State, F
Darrell Arthur, Kansas, F
Sherron Collins, Kansas
**, G
Stefhon Hannah, Missouri, G
Kevin Durant, Texas**, F/G
D.J. Augustin , Texas **, G

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