West Virginia Puts Three on All-Big 12 Award List, But Misses On First Team, Coach Honors

West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige's work off the bench made him an easy choice for the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Award, but he fell a bit short in the voting for the All-Big 12 first team. Devin Williams joined him on the second team, while Jevon Carter earned a spot on the league's All-Defensive Team.

Paige was a unanimous selection as the best sixth man in the league, which comes as no surprise. He led West Virginia in scoring with 14.3 points per game, while shooting 46.6% from the field and 34.5% from the free throw line. He was also third in rebounding with 111 and steals with 43. He averaged .44 points per minute of play.

Paige is the first player to win a major award since the Mountaineers began Big 12 competition in 2012-13. He ranked fourth in the league in conference play with 16.3 points per game, including setting a school record for most points by a non-starter with 34 versus Iowa State on February 22.

Paige was also the sixth-leading scorer in the Big 12 Conference while playing some 300 minutes fewer than most other players in the conference. 

Those numbers weren't enough, though, to vault him onto the league's first-team All-Conference Squad. With just two guards selected, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and Texas' Isaiah Taylor grabbed the guard spots.

Paige was joined on the second team by forward Devin Williams, who averaged 12.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He was the only Big 12 player to average 12 points and nine rebounds this year, and also led the league with 13 double-doubles.

Jevon Carter made his second consecutive appearance on the league's All-Defensive team. The sophomore was second in the Big 12 with 2.81 steals per game (56 overall). On a per minute basis, he easily topped the league in steals, as he played just 855 minutes due to West Virginia's pressing style.

WVU head coach Bob Huggins missed out on the Coach of the Year Award, as Texas Tech's Tubby Smith received the nod. Tech finished 9-9 in the league (seventh) but still in line to earn an NCAA bid after being picked last in the league's preseason polling, which would make the Red Raiders the first Big 12 team to do so. West Virginia, picked sixth, finished second and should earn no worse than a three seed in the NCAA tournament. Tech finished 19-11 overall, while West Virginia was 24-7 and 13-5 in the Big 12.

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