Big 12 Basketball 2012-13 Preseason Projections

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Projected Big 12 Standings

Team

League Record

NCAA tourney?

1

 Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas

13-5

Yes

2

Baylor Bears
Baylor

12-6

Yes

3

Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State

11-7

Yes

4

Texas Longhorns
Texas

11-7

Yes

5

Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State

10-8

Yes

6

Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma

9-9

 No

7

West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia

8-10

No

8

Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State

8-10

No

9

TCU Horned Frogs
Texas Christian

5-13

No

10

Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech

3-15

No

Awards and Honors

Player of the Year

Pierre Jackson

G

Baylor Bears

Freshman of the Year

Isaiah Austin

C

Baylor Bears

Coach of the Year

Lon Kruger

HC

Oklahoma Sooners

Top Impact Transfer

Will Clyburn

SG

Iowa State Cyclones

Sixth Man of the Year

Amath M’Baye

PF

Oklahoma Sooners

Defensive POY

Jeff Withey

C

Kansas Jayhawks

Top Red-Shirt

Ben McLemore

SG

Kansas Jayhawks

Comeback POY

Le’Bryan Nash

SF

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Best Team Offense

Baylor Bears

Best Team Defense

Kansas Jayhawks

Best Backcourt

Baylor Bears

Best Frontcourt

Kansas Jayhawks

Best Starting-5

Kansas Jayhawks

Best Bench

Kansas Jayhawks

Dishonorable Mention

Most Disappointing Team

West Virginia Mountaineers

Most Disappointing Player

Jabarie Hinds

West Virginia Mountaineers

Most Disappointing Freshman

Cameron Ridley

Texas Longhorns

Most Disappointing Senior

Korie Lucious

Iowa State Cyclones

Projected Breakout Player Who May Not Break Out

Myck Kabongo

Texas Longhorns

Worst Team Offense

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Worst Team Defense

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Worst Backcourt

TCU Horned Frogs

Worst Frontcourt

Texas Tech Red Raiders

First-Team All-Big 12

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Pierre Jackson

Baylor

PG

Senior

Steven Pledger

Oklahoma

SG

Senior

Rodney McGruder

Kansas State

SG

Senior

Deniz Kilicili

West Virginia

PF

Senior

Jeff Withey

Kansas

C

Senior

Second-Team All-Big 12

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Eljiah Johnson

Kansas

PG

Senior

Sheldon McClellan

Texas

SG

Sophomore

Melvin Ejim

Iowa State

SF

Junior

Romero Osby

Oklahoma

PF

Senior

Isaiah Austin

Baylor

C

Freshman

Third-Team All-Big 12

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Myck Kabongo

Texas

PG

Sophomore

Travis Releford

Kansas

SG

Senior

Le’Bryan Nash

Oklahoma State

SF

Sophomore

Perry Ellis

Kansas

PF

Freshman

Jordan Henriquez

Kansas State

C

Senior

All-Big 12 Freshman Team

Player

Team

Pos.

Marcus Smart

Oklahoma State

PG

Ben McLemore

Kansas

SG

Ricardo Gathers

Baylor

PF

Perry Ellis

Kansas

PF

Isaiah Austin

Baylor

C

Top Big 12 Breakout Players (Non-Freshmen)

Player

Team

Pos.

Year

Angel Rodriguez

Kansas State

PG

Sophomore

Sheldon McClellan

Texas

SG

Sophomore

Jordan Tolbert

Texas Tech

SF

Sophomore

Amath M’baye

Oklahoma

PF

Junior

Jordan Henriquez

Kansas State

C

Senior

Topics: Basketball, Baylor Bears, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, West Virginia Mountaineers

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