Texas' Dylan Disu and Baylor's Yves Missi emerged as the latest recipients of the Big 12 men's players of the week, marking the first time each player has received this honor. Notably, Missi becomes just the second freshman to be recognized this season, following in the footsteps of his teammate Ja'Kobe Walter, who secured the season's inaugural player of the week accolade.
Disu's standout performances saw him average an impressive 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests. The Texas forward showcased his scoring ability by converting 20-of-35 shots from the floor, including an impressive 10-of-16 from beyond the arc. Notably, his stellar display against No. 14 Iowa State saw him tally 28 points, matching his season-high with 10 rebounds, while also contributing defensively with three steals and two blocks.
In addition to his scoring ability, Disu made history with his sharpshooting performance against Iowa State, becoming just the sixth UT player to achieve a perfect half from three-point range with a minimum of five attempts since the 1986-87 season. His seven 3-pointers in the game marked a career high, further highlighting his offensive skills.
On the other hand, Baylor's Missi showcased remarkable improvement, averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds across two challenging matchups against No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 4 Kansas. The freshman center's standout performance against Kansas saw him netting a career-best 21 points, aided by a stellar 9-of-12 performance from the free-throw line. Notably, his contributions extended beyond scoring, as he also displayed his shot-blocking abilities, recording a total of three blocks across both games.
Missi's impressive performance against Kansas marked a significant milestone, with his 21-point outing being the most by a Baylor freshman in Lawrence since Jared Butler's 31-point display in January 2019. Furthermore, Missi's consistent improvement and impact on both ends of the floor highlight his potential as a key contributor for the Baylor team moving forward.