Horns Illustrated All-Big-12 Team

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On the eve of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Horns Illustrated wraps up the regular season with its all-Big 12 teams.

The Big 12, from top to bottom, has arguably been the best conference in college basketball this season. Seven teams posted 20 wins during the regular season, and thanks to late-season surges by Oklahoma State and Baylor, the conference could see as many as seven teams selected for the NCAA Tournament. With such depth comes a plethora of talent and many players deserving of all-conference honors.

With that in mind, the all-conference honorees are:

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Player of the Year: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

If Marcus Smart hadn’t shoved a fan in the waning moments against Texas Tech and received a three-game suspension, this award might have been his. But it’s Ejim who gets the nod instead, helping put the Cyclones on the map with their best start in school history and first Top 10 ranking since 2001. Scoring a Big 12-record 48 points against TCU helps, too. He ranked second in the conference in scoring and rebounding.

Newcomer/Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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James Schleicher

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