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Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore, Rodney McGruder part of AP All-Big 12 basketball team

  • Associated Press
  • Published Monday, March 11, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is The Associated Press Big 12 men’s basketball Player of the Year.

And he’s also the league’s top freshman. He’s only the third player to hold both awards at the same time.

In voting by a panel of AP members released Monday, Smart got 10 of 17 votes as player of the year. He got 14 points for top freshman.

Smart and a pair of Kansas teammates – freshman Ben McLemore and senior Jeff Withey – are unanimous All-Big 12 picks. They’re joined on the first team by Baylor’s Pierre Jackson and Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder.

Kansas State’s Bruce Weber is the league’s Coach of the Year. Iowa State senior guard Will Clyburn, a transfer from Utah, is Newcomer of the Year.

FIRST TEAM:

Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5-10, 180, senior, Las Vegas.

Rodney McGruder, Kansas St., 6-4, 205, senior, Washington, D.C.

Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 185, freshman, St. Louis.

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St., 6-4, 225, freshman, Flower Mound, Texas.

Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, senior, San Diego.

SECOND TEAM:

Isaiah Austin, Baylor, 7-1, 220, freshman, Arlington, Texas. C

Markel Brown, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 190, junior, Alexandria, La.

Will Clyburn, Iowa St., 6-7, 205, senior, Detroit.

Romero Osby, Oklahoma, 6-8, 232, senior, Meridian, Miss.

Angel Rodriguez, Kansas St., 5-11, 180, sophomore, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Melvin Ejim, Iowa St.; Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Korie Lucious, Iowa St.; Tyrus McGee, Iowa St.; Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma St.; Travis Releford, Kansas.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bruce Weber, Kansas St.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Will Clyburn, Iowa St.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St.

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