Oklahoma State basketball: Cade Cunningham named Big 12 Player of the Year by coaches
Cade Cunningham has his first major award.
Oklahoma State’s superstar freshman was named the Big 12 Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches on Monday, becoming just the fourth freshman to receive the honor and first since OSU’s Marcus Smart in 2012-13.
Cunningham was also unanimously chosen as Freshman of the Year.
OU’s Austin Reaves was named to the first team alongside Cunningham, Baylor’s Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell, and West Virginia’s Derek Culver. Cunningham and Butler were unanimous selections.
Baylor’s Scott Drew was named Coach of the Year for a second straight year.
Texas Tech’s Mac McClung was the unanimous Newcomer of the Year, Mitchell was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, Kansas’ David McCormack won Most Improved Player and Texas’ Kai Jones was chosen for the Sixth Man Award.
Cunningham, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard, is considered the top prospect in the country and likely overall No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
He finished the regular season leading the Big 12 in scoring with 19.7 points. He also led the conference in scoring during Big 12 games with 20.1 points.
Cunningham was also ninth in rebounding (6.3), sixth in field-goal percentage (45.5%) and fourth in free-throw shooting (85.4%). He was seventh in steals (1.4) and first in minutes per game (35.2).
Other freshmen to win the Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Awards include Smart, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley and Texas’ Kevin Durant.
Cunningham is on the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s most outstanding player. He’s also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award and a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.
Cunningham was also named the conference’s Newcomer of the Week for a third straight week. He was chosen by the media for a school-record nine weekly honors this season, including seven newcomer awards.
All-Big 12 awards
Player of the Year: Cade Cunningham, OSU
Coach of the Year: Scott Drew, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Davion Mitchell, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Mac McClung, Texas Tech*
Freshman of the Year: Cade Cunningham, OSU*
Sixth Man Award: Kai Jones, Texas
Most improved player: David McCormack, Kansas
Jared Butler, Baylor*; Cade Cunningham, OSU*; Davion Mitchell, Baylor; Austin Reaves, OU; Derek Culver, West Virginia;
Marcus Garrett, Kansas; David McCormack, Kansas; Andrew Jones, Texas; Mac McClung, Texas Tech; Miles McBride, West Virginia
MaCio Teague, Baylor; Rasir Bolton, Iowa State; RJ Nembhard, TCU; Matt Coleman III, Texas; Courtney Ramey, Texas; Terrence Shannon Jr., Texas Tech
Mark Vital, Baylor; Jalen Coleman-Lands, Iowa State; Ochai Agbaji, Kansas; Christian Braun, Kansas; Mike McGuirl, Kansas State; De’Vion Harmon, Oklahoma; Isaac Likekele, Oklahoma State; Mike Miles, TCU; Greg Brown, Texas; Kai Jones, Texas; Jericho Sims, Texas; Kyler Edwards, Texas Tech; Kevin McCullar, Texas Tech; Sean McNeil, West Virginia; Taz Sherman, West Virginia.
Jared Butler, Baylo; Davion Mitchell, Baylor*; Mark Vital, Baylor*; Marcus Garrett, Kansas*l Gabe Osabuohien, West Virginia.
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Baylor; Jalen Wilson, Kansas; Greg Brown, Texas; Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State*; Mac McClung, Texas Tech*.
Jalen Wilson, Kansas*; Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State*; Mike Miles, TCU; Greg Brown, Texas*; Jalen Bridges, West Virginia.
NOTE: A tie resulted in an additional place on the third team.