OSU's Anderson named Big 12 POY

March, 7, 2010
Oklahoma State's James Anderson was named the Big 12 Player of the Year on Sunday. Kansas center Cole Aldrich earned Defensive Player of the Year over Baylor's Ekpe Udoh, who was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.

Anderson, a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team choice, led the conference in scoring with 22.9 points per game. He averaged 24.1 points in conference play, the fifth-best scoring mark in league history. He had five 30-point outings -- the most of any player in the Big 12 -- and has scored 25 points or more 17 times. He is the second Oklahoma State player to garner player honors, following Tony Allen in 2003-04.

Aldrich wins defensive recognition after sharing the honor a year ago. The junior center finished second in the conference with 110 blocks, including 54 in league action. He was a key component on a Jayhawks squad that led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally by holding opponents to 37.7 percent shooting from the floor.

Udoh had a dominating season in his debut year at Baylor by setting a Big 12 season record for blocks with 123. The junior rejected 57 in league play, also record. He had 16 games with 10 rebounds or more, including a 20-rebound effort at South Carolina in December. Udoh finished tied for second in the Big 12 with 13 double-doubles and was second overall with 9.8 rebounds per game. He is the first Baylor player to win Big 12 newcomer honors.

James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, Jr., 6-6, 205

Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, Jr., 6-11, 245

Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F, Jr., 6-10, 240

Alec Burks, Colorado, G, Fr., 6-6, 185

Jamar Samuels, Kansas State, F, So., 6-7, 215

Frank Martin, Kansas State [Career: 67-30, 3rd season; At KSU: 67-30, 3rd season]

All-Big 12 First Team
Name, School, Pos.
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, G
James Anderson, Oklahoma State**, G
Damion James, Texas**, G/F
Donald Sloan, Texas A&M, G

All-Big 12 Second Team
Name, School, Pos.
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F
Craig Brackins, Iowa State, F
Marcus Morris, Kansas, F
Denis Clemente, Kansas State, G

All-Big 12 Third Team
Name, School, Pos.
Tweety Carter, Baylor, G
Cory Higgins, Colorado, G
Kim English, Missouri, G
Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma, G
Bryan Davis, Texas A&M, F

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)
Alec Burks (Colorado), Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State), Xavier Henry (Kansas), Zaire Taylor (Missouri), Willie Warren (Oklahoma), Obi Muonelo (Oklahoma State), Avery Bradley (Texas), John Roberson (Texas Tech), Mike Singletary (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Name, School, Pos.
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, G
J.T. Tiller, Missouri, G
Dogus Balbay, Texas, G
Bryan Davis, Texas A&M,

Big 12 All-Rookie Team
Name, School, Pos.
Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F
Alec Burks, Colorado,G
Xavier Henry, Kansas, G
Tommy Mason-Griffin, Oklahoma,G
Avery Bradley, Texas, G

** - Unanimous Selection
Note: Ties in the voting created additional spots for the All-Big 12 First Team and All-Defensive Team.



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