The awards didn’t end there. M’Baye was also voted OU’s best overall athlete, best dunker, hardest worker and most likely to star in the NBA by his teammates, per the OU Athletic Department.
The 6-foot-9, 215 pound Bordeaux, France native started all 31 games during his sophomore campaign in 2010 and 2011. He averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds, a team high. M’Baye also played in 21 games as a freshman, averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds.
“Amath’s versatility is probably what will pose the biggest challenge for opponents,” said second-year OU head coach Lon Kruger. “He’s mobile for a 6-9 guy, allowing him to go out to the perimeter. But he’s also big enough to take a smaller guy in the mid post and score over him. So just that versatility of being able to do different things on the floor makes him tough to defend.
“Plus, he competes hard, has a passion for the game, is a good leader and takes care of business in every way.”
The preseason All-Big 12 Team was also announced. No Sooners made the roster but seniors Romero Osby and Steven Pledger did receive votes. No coach was allowed to vote for their own player.
The Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Baylor’s Pierre Jackson (Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year)
Kansas’ Jeff Withey
Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder
Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash
Texas’ Myck Kabongo