The Player of the Year award underscores Tucker's resilient comeback after he was declared academically ineligible for the last 14 games of his sophomore season. He currently leads the Horns with 16.1 points-per-game and 9.0 rebounds-per-game. He is the first Texas player to earn Player of the Year accolades in the 10-year history of the Big 12 Conference. In fact, he is the first Longhorn to garner conference Player of the Year honors since B.J. Tyler claimed Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors in 1993-94.
Aldridge garnered the program's first-ever Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award. The sophomore is Texas' second-leading scorer (15.4 ppg) and is virtually tied with Tucker as the team's chairman of the boards (8.9 rpg). Aldridge also leads the Horns with 59 blocked shots this season. Both Aldridge and Tucker earned a spot on the five-person Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
The All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. Coaches also selected All-Defensive and All-Rookie Teams for the first time.
Meanwhile, five Texas players earned a total of seven Big 12 Conference Basketball Specialty Team spots as determined by a panel of sportswriters who regularly cover the league. Texas' A.J. Abrams was named to the six-person All-Freshman team and to the five-person All-Reserve team. Aldridge also garnered mention on the five-person All-Improved team. Gibson joined Aldridge on the All-Defense team. Buckman and Kenton Paulino were each named to the five-person All-Underrated team.
2005-06 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards (determined by league coaches)
Player of the Year: P.J. Tucker (Texas)
Defensive Player of the Year: LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Michael Neal (Oklahoma)
Freshman of the Year: Brandon Rush (Kansas)
Coach of the Year: Bill Self (Kansas)
2005-06 Big 12 Basketball Specialty Team (determined by media)
All-Defense (tie in voting)
LaMarcus Aldridge (Texas), Daniel Gibson (Texas), Mario Chalmers (Kansas), Marcus Dove (Oklahoma State), Russell Robinson (Kansas), Curtis Stinson (Iowa State)
A.J. Abrams (Texas), Torre Johnson (Oklahoma State), Martane Freeman; (Colorado), Michael Neal (Oklahoma), Jamel White (Nebraska)