Marcus Smart was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second straight year, with results of the coaches’ voting released by the league office Sunday.
Smart becomes just the second two-time All-Big 12 selection for OSU, joining John Lucas (2004, 2005). He’s the 13th two-time, all-conference pick in program history.
The sophomore did not repeat as Big 12 Player of the Year, with that honor going to Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim. Smart, however, was a unanimous pick to the Big 12 All-Defensive team for the second consecutive year.
Also for the Cowboys, Markel Brown was voted to the All-Big 12 Second Team for the second straight year, while Le’Bryan Nash was honorable mention. Phil Forte was named co-Sixth Man Award winner, sharing that honor with Oklahoma’s Tyler Neal.
UP NEXT: BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
The Cowboys finished the regular season 20-11 overall and 8-10 in the conference. They will next face Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday. Tip time is 6 p.m. inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The event is officially a sellout.
OSU and Tech split their regular season series, with the Red Raiders winning 65-61 in Lubbock, before the Cowboys won 84-62 in Stillwater.
Tech is 14-17 overall and went 6-12 in the conference, finishing the regular season with a 59-53 win over Texas in Lubbock on Saturday.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, on Saturday’s late-regulation drama that required a Forte missed free throw and a 3-pointer to force overtime:
“I’d like to say I drew that one up. You don’t expect Forte to miss. He doesn’t miss very many of them, but we said, ‘Hey, if he misses, we’ve got to get that thing up the floor quick.’”