Kansas guard Agbaji unanimous pick for AP Big 12 top player

Mar 7, 2022, 7:37 PM | Updated: Mar 8, 2022, 9:40 am
FILE - Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji acknowledges the cheers from the crowd during Senior Day honors be...

FILE - Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji acknowledges the cheers from the crowd during Senior Day honors before the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, March 5, 2022. Kansas senior guard Ochai Agbaji is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year, announced Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

Kansas senior guard Ochai Agbaji is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after the league’s leading scorer helped the sixth-ranked Jayhawks share the regular-season conference title with No. 3 Baylor.

The Jayhawks and defending national champion Bears are the only teams to have a player on both the AP first- and second-teams announced Tuesday, as determined by the vote of a panel of 17 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league.

Agbaji, the only unanimous first-team pick, is averaging 19.8 points a game, while shooting 47.7% from the field and ranking second in the league with 2.9 made 3-pointers a game. He is joined on the first team by Baylor guard James Akinjo, Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington, Kansas State sophomore guard Nijel Pack and Texas Tech forward Bryson Williams.

Akinjo, Brockington and Williams are all seniors in their first Big 12 seasons since transferring to their current schools. Brockington, third in the Big 12 at 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a game, is the AP newcomer of the year, edging out the two others.

Texas Tech’s Mark Adams was picked coach of the year in a close vote. Adams got eight votes, one more than Baylor coach Scott Drew, who woneach of the previous two seasons. First-year Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger got the other two votes after the Cyclones went from two wins last year to 20.

Adams was promoted to head coach at his alma mater after Chris Beard left for Texas. The 14th-ranked Red Raiders (23-7), who went from unranked the first five polls to as high as ninth, finished 18-0 at home.

The second-team picks are Kansas junior Christian Braun, Baylor junior Adam Flagler, Texas senior Timmy Allen, TCU sophomore Mike Miles Jr., and West Virginia senior Taz Sherman.

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The 2022 AP All-Big 12 team, with players listed with school, height, weight, class and hometown (“u-” denotes unanimous selections):

FIRST TEAM

u-Ochai Agbaji, Kansas, 6-5, 215, Sr., Kansas City, Missouri.

James Akinjo, Baylor, 6-1, 190, Sr., Oakland, California.

Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State, 6-4, 196, Sr., Philadelphia.

Nijel Pack, Kansas State, 6-0, 180, So., Indianapolis.

Bryson Williams, Texas Tech, 6-8, 240, Sr., Fresno, California.

SECOND TEAM

Timmy Allen, Texas, 6-6, 210, Sr., Mesa, Arizona

Christian Braun, Kansas, 6-7, 218, Jr., Burlington, Kansas.

Adam Flagler, Baylor, 6-3, 185, Jr., Duluth, Georgia.

Mike Miles Jr., TCU, 6-2, 195, So., Dallas.

Taz Sherman, West Virginia, 6-4, 190, Sr., Missouri City, Texas.

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Coach of the year — Mark Adams, Texas Tech.

Player of the year — Ochai Agbaji, Kansas.

Newcomer of the year — Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State.

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AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel: Eric Bailey, Tulsa World; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Jesse Crittenden, Norman Transcript; Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman; Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Arne Green, Salina Journal; Justin Jackson, The Dominion Post; Eric Kelly, KWKT-TV, Waco, Texas; Eli Lederman, Tulsa World; Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Ryan Pritt, Charleston Gazette-Mail; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Carlos Silva Jr., Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Matt Tait, Lawrence Journal-World; Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald.

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