411OnTheForty: Six Longhorns earn All-Big 12 honors

Leading scorer Andrew Jones (left) earned second-team All-Big 12 honors, while forward Kai Jones (right) was named the conference's Sixth Man of the Year (photos courtesy of texassports.com and kstatesports.com / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

AUSTIN, Texas — Six Texas men's basketball players were named Monday to the 2020-21 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 team on Monday.

Sophomore forward Kai Jones, who stepped into a role as the Horns' go-to player off the bench, was named the conference's Sixth Man of the Year. It was the first time a Longhorn had earned the award since 2006-07. The forward finished tied second on the team in blocks with 19, tied for third in total rebounding average with 4.8 boards per contest and fourth in steals with 22. He also averaged 8.5 points per game on his way to earning Honorable Mention All Big-12 honors.

Guard Andrew Jones, who averaged a team-high 14.9 points per game, earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors. He ranked fifth in the conference in points during conference play scoring 16.6 points per game and scored 20-plus points in five different contests.

Matt Coleman led the team in assists with 4.2 per game and in steals with 30, and earned All-Big 12 Third Team recognition.

Also named to the third team was guard Courtney Ramey, who played the most minutes of any Longhorn with an average of 34.5 minutes per game. Ramey finished second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game and just behind Coleman in assists with 4.1 per contest.

Forwards Greg Brown and Jericho Sims garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades. Brown stepped into a key role as a freshman this year, leading the squad in rebounds (6.7 per game) and blocks (26). Sims had three double-doubles and reached double figures in scoring 11 times.

Texas enters the Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., as a No. 3 seed, ranked No. 13 in Monday's Associated Press poll. The Longhorns battle No. 6 seed Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the tournament at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in a game that will be carried on either ESPN or ESPN2. The Red Raiders swept two games from Texas during the regular season.

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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