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Texas Basketball | Sims named Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas freshman forward Jericho Sims has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday. This marks Sims’ first weekly league award.

Sims averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per game during UT’s two contests this past week, both against AP top 20 opponents. He converted 12-of-16 (.750) field goals over the two games.

During Monday’s contest at No. 6/6 Kansas, he tallied 12 points (6-9 FG), 8 rebounds and 1 block in 36 minutes. He tied his career high in field goals made, and his 8 boards were one shy of his career high.

In UT's home overtime victory (on Saturday) against No. 20/19 West Virginia, Sims registered a career-high 17 points (6-7 field goals, 5-8 free throws) and 8 boards in 36 minutes. He set a career high in free throws made and tied his career high in field goals made.

Over the last three contests, Sims has averaged 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game while converting 69.6-percent (16-23) from the field. For the year, he is averaging 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds (fourth on the team) in 17.6 minutes per game. Sims ranks second on the team in blocks (16) and has converted 61.0-percent (64-105) from the floor.

Texas (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) opens play in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship against No. 10 seed Iowa State (13-17, 4-14 Big 12) Wednesday, March 7 in Kansas City. Tip is set for approximately 8:30 p.m. Central at Sprint Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

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