Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart Named All-Big 12 And Player Of The Year

All year long, the talk in Big 12 basketball circles has been about Kansassuper freshman Ben McLemore being a first-round lottery pick, if not the No. player overall, in the 2013 NBA Draft. That may still be the case, but one honor the talented Jayhawk freshman guard won’t be taking with him when he leaves college and the Big 12, as he is expected to do, for the greener pastures of professional basketball is the conference’s Player of the Year Award.

Feb 27, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) during the game against TCU Horned Frogs at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Oklahoma State Cowboys won 64-47. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the Big 12 men’s basketball coaches bestowed both the Player of the Year Freshman of thge Year awards on Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Smart was also named, along with McLemore, to the All-Big 12 First Team. Smart and McLemore are joined by seniors Jeff Withey of Kanssas, Rodney McGruder of Kansas State and Oklahoma’s Romero Osby on the all-conference first team.

While McLemore was dazzling packed Allen Fielhouse crowds with sensational scoring displays and leading a senior-dominated Jayhawk team to a share of their ninth consecutive conference championship, the 6-4 Smart was quietly but emphatically showcasing his own superior offensive and defensive talents that, like McLemore’s, were a cut above virtually every opponent he came up against this season.

In their two head-to-head meetings this year, Smart outscored and outrebounded his KU counterpart on both occasions as the two teams split their season series. It was Smart who virtually took over the game in the late stages of Oklahoma State’s upset win in Lawrence, totaling 25 points and a surprising nine rebounds in Kansas’ only home loss of the season.

Smart finished in the top 10 in several Big 12 statistical categories, including scoring (sixth, 15.1), assists (sixth, 130)  steals (first, 89) and free-throw percentage (fifth, 78 percent). McLemore was second in the conference in scoring (16.7), first in free-throw percentage (86 percent) and second in three-point field-goal percentage (43 percent). Smart also joins former Big 12 players Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Kevin Durant of Texas as the only players to be named both the top player and top freshman in the same year.

Other individual awards for the 2012-13 season included Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber of Kansas State; Defensive Player of the Year: Withey, who also won the honor a year ago; Newcomer of the Year: Will Clyburn of Iowa State; Sixth Man of the Year: Tyrus McGee, Iowa State, and Scholar Athlete of the Year: Melvin Ejim, also of Iowa State.

2012-13 All Big 12 Basketball First Team

F – Romero Osby, Oklahoma

C – Jeff Withey, Kansas

G – Ben McLemore, Kansas

G – Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

G – Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

All-Big 12 Second Team

G – Pierre Jackson, Baylor

G – Will Clyburn, Iowa State

G – Travis Releford, Kansas

G – Angel Rodriquez, Kansas State

G – Markel Brown, Oklahoma State

All-Big 12 Third Team

F – Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

F – Amatch M’Baye, Oklahoma

C – Isaiah Austin, Baylor

G – Steven Pledger, Oklahoma

G – Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

F – Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State

C – Jeff Withey, Kansas

G – Chris Babb, Iowa State

G – Angel Rodriquez, Kansas State

G – Travis Releford, Kansas

G – Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Big 12 All-Rookie Team

F – George Niang, Iowa State

F – Amath M’Baye, Oklahoma

C – Isaiah Austin, Baylor

G – Ben McLemore, Kansas

G – Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

G – Will Clyburn, Iowa State

 

 

Topics: Basketball, Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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