Weber, McGruder earn Big 12 honors

03/11/2013 6:56 AM

03/11/2013 6:58 AM

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber was voted Big 12 Coach of the Year on Sunday by the conference’s coaches.

The honor came as no surprise. Weber was the front-runner heading into awards season following his successful first season with the Wildcats. He led the to a 25-6 record and their first conference championship since 1977.

Weber has now a Coach of the Year award in three different conferences. He previously won the honor with Southern Illinois in the Missouri Valley and Illinois in the Big Ten.

“I’m honored and humbled to earn Big 12 Coach of the Year honors,” Weber wrote on his Twitter account Sunday. “All the praise should go to the players, assistants and staff.”

Three K-State players were also honored by the Big 12. Senior wing Rodney McGruder was named to the all-conference first-team, sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez received second-team honors and junior guard/forward Shane Southwell was an honorable mention.

Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart was named Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year, while Kansas center Jeff Withey took home Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Ben McLemore and Romero Osby joined McGruder, Withey and Smart on the league’s first team. Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, Iowa State’s Will Clyburn, Kansas’ Travis Releford and Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown joined Rodriguez on the second team.

More awards will be announced Monday when the Associated Press reveals its All-Big 12 team.

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