Staten is Big 12's preseason POY

After leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring a year ago and being named first team all-conference, West Virginia senior point guard Juwan Staten was named the Big 12 preseason Player of the Year Thursday.

Staten was also a unanimous selection to the preseason all-Big 12 team, as selected by the league's head coaches.

“I am truly honored to be chosen as the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the year,” Staten said in a release. “I’m going to continue to work hard on my game to put myself in a position to reach my goal of winning Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.”

The Dayton, Ohio, native averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game a year ago, and also led the league in minutes per game - playing 37.3 minutes per contest.

Joining Staten on the preseason all-Big 12 team were Kansas forward Perry Ellis (the only other unanimous selection), Iowa State forward Georges Niang, Kansas State forward Marcus Foster and Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield. Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was named the league's Newcomer of the Year, while Texas big man Myles Turner and Kansas forward Cliff Alexander tied for preseason Freshmen of the Year honors to join Staten as the league's preseason award winners.

“Juwan has certainly worked hard to put himself in a position to earn this honor,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “He has put a lot of time in during the offseason and continues to be a leader on and off the court.”

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