Five Tigers take home Big 12 honors

By Kaveh Kaghazi

Marcus Denmon finished tied for second in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.0 points per game. Denmon is just the second Missouri player in history to be named to the All-Big 12 first team two times. (Kaveh Kaghazi)

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon was named to the All-Big 12 first team, the conference announced Sunday.

Denmon averaged 18.0 points on 46.8 percent shooting along with 5.1 rebounds per game. The senior from Kansas City, Mo. joins Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, Texas guard J’Covan Brown and Iowa State forward Royce White on the All-Big 12 first team.

Denmon joins Kareem Rush as the only Missouri players in school history to be named to the All-Big 12 first team on two occasions. The senior ranks third in the Big 12 in steals (1.5) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (41.9).

Tigers senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe was named to the All-Big 12 second team after averaging 13.8 points on 70.8 percent shooting and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.

Guards Kim English and Phil Pressey were named to the All-Big 12 third team. English averaged 14.1 points per game while Pressey led the conference in assists (6.2) and steals (2.1).

Junior guard Michael Dixon was named Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year—the first Missouri player to win the award since Matt Lawrence in 2009. Dixon was the unanimous pick for the award after averaging 13.3 points coming off the bench in each of Missouri’s 31 games. The Kansas City, Mo. native led the conference in free throw percentage at 89.5 percent.

Dixon was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team. He averaged 1.2 steals per game in 26.5 minutes of action. The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

After leading the Tigers to a 27-4 record in his first season, Missouri coach Frank Haith was bypassed for Big 12 Coach of the Year as Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and Kansas’ Bill Self shared the award.

The Tigers return to action on Thursday in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri will meet the winner of Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at 6 p.m. at Sprint Center.

2012 All-Big 12 Awards

Player of the Year
F Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Defensive Player of the Year
C Jeff Withey, Kansas

Newcomer of the Year
F Royce White, Iowa State**

Co-Freshmen of the Year
F Quincy Miller, Baylor
G Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

Sixth Man Award
G Michael Dixon, Missouri**

Co-Coaches of the Year
Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State
Bill Self, Kansas

All-Big 12 First Team
F Royce White, Iowa State**
F Thomas Robinson, Kansas**
G Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas**
G Marcus Denmon, Missouri
G J’Covan Brown, Texas

All-Big 12 Second Team
G Keiton Page, Oklahoma State
G Pierre Jackson, Baylor
G Rodney McGruder, Kansas State
F Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri
F Quincy Acy, Baylor

All-Big 12 Third Team
C Jeff Withey, Kansas
F Perry Jones III, Baylor
G Scott Christopherson, Iowa State
G Kim English, Missouri
G Phil Pressey, Missouri

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

Quincy Miller, Baylor; Chris Allen, Iowa State; Melvin Ejim, Iowa State; Jamar Samuels, Kansas State; Steven Pledger, Oklahoma; Romero Osby, Oklahoma; Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Myck Kabongo, Texas; Elston Turner, Texas A&M; David Loubeau, Texas A&M

All-Defensive Team
F Quincy Acy, Baylor**
F Jordan Henriquez, Kansas State
C Jeff Withey**, Kansas
G Rodney McGruder, Kansas State
G Michael Dixon, Missouri

All-Rookie Team
F Quincy Miller, Baylor;
F Royce White, Iowa State **
G Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
G Myck Kabongo, Texas
G Pierre Jackson, Baylor**

** Unanimous Selection


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