Marquette’s Kolek, Smart collect AP’s top honors in Big East Kansas’ Jalen Wilson named AP Big 12 Player of the Year Alabama’s Brandon Miller is AP SEC Player, Newcomer of the Year Tyree Appleby is Wake Forest’s 2nd straight ACC AP Player of the Year Furman wins, headed to first NCAA tourney since 1980 Louisiana clinches Sun Belt’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid

Marquette’s Tyler Kolek was named AP Player of the Year and Shaka Smart was voted unanimous Coach of the Year after the two led the Golden Eagles to their first regular season championship in 10 years.

Sulei Boum Xaviera was voted Rookie of the Year by 11 writers and broadcasters covering the conference.

Kolek and Smart led the No. 6 Marquette to a school-record 17 conference wins and the highest national ranking since 1978.

Kolek, unanimously selected to the All-Big East First Team along with Providence’s Bryce Hopkins, is among the conference leaders in five categories and has been one of the best performers of late.

Kolek will compete in the Big East at Madison Square Garden in New York, recording three straight double-doubles while averaging 20.3 points and 11.3 assists in those games. His 7.9 assists per game for the season leads the Big East and is second in the nation.

The clever combination of a scoring offense with an aggressive defense made the Golden Eagles the first team since the formation of the Big East in 1979–1980 to win at least a fraction of a title after being drafted ninth or lower. Marquette has beaten every team in the league at least once for the first time since joining the league in 2005-06.

Hopkins, in his first season with Providence since moving from Kentucky, has 10 double-doubles and leads the Friars with 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Joining Kolek and Hopkins on the first team were Boum and big men Adam Sanogo of Connecticut and Ryan Kalkbrenner of Creighton.

Boam played in San Francisco and UTEP before moving to Javier this season and he became the Musketeers’ top player. He is second in the Big East in scoring with 16.8 points per game and third in three-point shooting with 42.2%. His 4.5 assists is second on the team and sixth in the league.


u-Guard – Tyler Kolek, Marquette Jr., 6-3, 190, Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Guard – Souley Boum, Xavier, Gr., 6-3, 175 years old, Oakland, California.

u-Forward – Bryce Hopkins, Providence, SC, 6-7, 220, Oak Park, IL.

Forward – Adams, Connecticut Jr., 6-9, 245;

Center: Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton Jr., 7-1, 260, Florissant, MO.


Guard – Cam Jones, Marquette, Co., 6-4, 195, Memphis, TN.

Guard – Colby Jones, Xavier Jr., 6-6 years old, 205 years old, Birmingham, Alabama.

Guard – Jordan Hawkins, Connecticut, South Carolina, 6-5, 195, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Forward – Eric Dixon, Villanova Jr., 6-8255, Willow Grove, PA.

Center: Joel Soriano, St. John’s Sr., 6-11, 260, Yonkers, New York.

Junior Coach of the Year – Shaka Smart, Marquette.

Player of the Year – Tyler Kolek, Marquette.

Rookie of the Year – Souley Boum, Xavier

-“u” means unanimous choice.

AP All-Big East voting panel: Nick Bahe, Fox Sports; Adam Baum, Cincinnati Enquirer; David Borges, CT Insider (Norwalk, CT); Zach Braziller, New York Post; Jerry Carino, Asbury Park (NJ) Press; John Fanta, Fox Sports; Akim Glaspie, Indianapolis Star; Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times; Joel Lorenzi, Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald; Kevin McNamara, WPRO (Providence, Rhode Island); Ben Steel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Big 12 scoring and rebounding leader Jalen Wilson of Kansas was unanimously voted Big 12 Player of the Year by The Associated Press.

Kansas State senior forward Keyontae Johnson joined Wilson as the only unanimous first team pick. Johnson, a Florida transfer who emerged as a top player after a frightening crash more than two years ago, was also voted Rookie of the Year by a panel of 17 league journalists.

Kansas State freshman coach Jerome Tang was named Coach of the Year. After 19 seasons as an assistant coach to Scott Drew at Baylor, including a national championship two years ago, Tan led the Wildcats to a 23–8 regular season record and third in the Big 12 standings after being last drafted. in the standings. Pre-season poll of league coaches.

Wilson, the 6-foot-8 junior forward, enters the Big 12 this week, leading the league with 19.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Johnson is 6-6 averaging 17.8 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Texas alumnus quarterback Marcus Carr, Baylor senior quarterback Adam Flagler, and K State junior quarterback Marcus Nowell round out first-team picks. Nowell, at 5-8, is the best free-kick shooter in the Big 12 (88.5%) and also leads the league with 7.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Selected to the second team are TCU senior Damion Baugh and junior Mike Miles, Jr., as well as Kansas rookie quarterback Grady Dick, Baylor freshman Keyonte George, and Texas Tech senior Kansas quarterback Kevin McCallar Jr., who transferred from Texas Institute of Technology.

Johnson received 13 of 17 Rookie of the Year votes, with Baylor’s George receiving the other four.

Tan became the best coach with 15 votes. The remaining two votes went to interim Texas coach Rodney Terry, who led the Longhorns to second place in the Big 12 after being fired in December and the eventual firing of Chris Byrd.


Yu-Kyonte Johnson, Kansas State, 6-6, 230, Sr., Norfolk, Virginia.

U-Dry Wilson, Kansas, 6-8, 225, Jr., Denton, Texas.

Marcus Carr, Texas, 6-2, 175, Gr., Toronto.

Adam Flagler, Baylor, 6-3 years old, 185 years old, Sr., Duluth, Georgia.

Markkis Nowell, Kansas State, 5-8, 160, S/J, New York.

-“u-” means unanimous choice.


Damion Baugh, TCU, 6-4, 195, Sr., Nashville, Tennessee.

Grady Dick, Kansas 6-8, 205, FR, Wichita, Kansas.

Keyonte George, Baylor, 6-4, 185, Fr., Lewisville, Texas.

Kevin McCallar Jr., Kansas, 6-6, 210th Sr., San Antonio.

Mike Miles Jr., TCU, 6-2, 195th Jr., Dallas.

Coach of the Year – Jerome Tang, Kansas State.

Player of the Year – Jalen Wilson, Kansas.

Rookie of the Year – Keyonte Johnson, Kansas State

AP All-Big 12 Voting Group: Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Arne Green, Salina Journal; Jordan Gaskey, Topeka Capital-Journal; Justin Jackson, The Dominion Post; Stephen Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Thomas Jones, American statesman of Austin; Eric Kelly, KWKT-TV, Waco, Texas; Eli Lederman, Tulsa World; Justin Martinez, Oklahoma resident; Jared McDonald, Charleston Gazette-Mail; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Kellys Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Dean Rule, Tulsa World; Carlos Silva, Jr., Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Matt Tate, Lawrence Journal-World; Jacob Unruh, Oklahoma; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald.

Alabama freshman Brandon Miller was named Associated Press Player of the Year and Southeastern Conference Rookie of the Year.

Buzz Williams of Texas A&M was named Coach of the Year by 14 reporters covering the SEC.

Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV and Kentucky forward Oscar Chibwe, the nation’s top team player last year, were unanimously selected to the first team. Other first-team candidates are Missouri guard/forward Coby Brown and Mississippi State forward Tolu Smith.

Miller was selected by the first team on all but one ballot, received 12 player of the year votes and 11 as the best rookie of the regular season SEC champions, and was ranked 4th on the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-9 forward is only the fourth rookie in 50 years to lead the SEC in scoring, averaging 19.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. He also leads in 3-point shooting with 92 and shooting 40.4%.

Miller’s name surfaced in a death row trial testimony of now-former teammate Darius Miles and another man who shot 23-year-old Jamea Harris near campus.

The police officer testified that Miles texted Miller asking him to bring Miles’ gun in the early hours of January 15. His fellow freshman Jaden Bradley was also at the scene. None of them missed the start and was not charged with any crime. The university named Miller as a cooperating witness, not a suspect.

The day after this testimony, Miller scored 41 points and hit the game-winning shot in overtime, beating South Carolina to the derision of Gamecocks fans. Following this, Alabama coach Nate Oates called Miller “one of the most mentally strong kids I’ve ever coached.”

Taylor of the Aggies also received two votes for Player of the Year. LSU forward Kay Jay Williams, Arkansas defensemen Ricky Council IV and Anthony Black each received rookie of the year votes.

Williams received eight votes, Dennis Gates of Missouri received five, and Oates of Alabama received one in voting for Coach of the Year.

The second team included Council, Tennessee defenseman Zakai Ziegler, Williams forward, Florida Colin Castleton, and Vanderbilt forward Liam Robbins.


Guard – Coby Brown, MO, Sr., 6-8, 250, Huntsville, Alabama.

u-Guard – Wade Taylor IV, Texas A&M, So., 6-0, 185, Dallas.

Forward – Brandon Miller, Alabama, Fr., 6-9, 200, Antioch, Tennessee.

Forward – Tolu Smith, Mississippi St., Sr., 6-11, 245, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

u-Forward – Oscar Tshwibe Sr., 6-9, 260, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Guard – Ricky Council IV, Arkansas Jr., 6-6, 205, Durham, NC.

Guard – Zakai Zeigler, Tennessee, South Carolina, 5-9, 171, Long Island, New York.

Forward – Colin Castleton, Florida Sr., 6-11, 250, Deland, Florida.

Forward – Liam Robbins, Vanderbilt Sr., 7-0, 250, Davenport, Iowa.

Forward – KJ Williams, LSU, Sr., 6-10, 250, Cleveland, Mississippi.

Coach of the Year – Buzz Williams, Texas A&M.

Player of the Year – Brandon Miller, Alabama.

Rookie of the Year – Brandon Miller, Alabama

– AP All-SEC Voting Group: Rick Bozic, WDRB-TV, Louisville, KY; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Travis Brown, Bryan-College Station Eagle; David Cloninger, Post & Courier; Adam Cole, Opelika-Auburn News; Clayton Collier, WATN-TV, Memphis, TN; Robbie Faulk, Starkville Daily News; Aria Gerson, The Tennessean; Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Stefan Kraisnik, Clarion-Ledger; Dave Matter, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Sheldon Meekles, Baton Rouge attorney; Mike Rodak…


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