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Sooners coach Lon Kruger wins AP Big 12 Coach of the Year honors

by Ryan Aber Modified: March 10, 2014 at 10:30 am •  Published: March 10, 2014

A day after missing out on the Big 12 Coach of the Year as selected by the coaches, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was named The Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The awards were selected by media who cover the conference.

Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim won Player of the Year honors, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins was named Freshman of the Year and Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane earned Newcomer of the Year.

Ejim, Kane and Wiggins were joined on the first team by Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and West Virginia’s Juwan Staten.

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield earned second team honors and Cameron Clark and Ryan Spangler were named honorable mentions.

Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown also was named to the second team.

Kruger was named the Mountain West’s Coach of the Year in 2008 and the SEC Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1994.

FIRST TEAM
Melvin Ejim, Iowa St., Sr., 6-6, 220, Toronto, Ontario.
DeAndre Kane, Iowa St., Sr., 6-4, 200, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St., So., 6-4, 225, Flower Mound, Texas.
Juwan Staten, West Virginia, Jr., 6-1, 190, Dayton, Ohio.
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, Fr., 6-8, 200, Vaughan, Ontario.
 
SECOND TEAM
Markel Brown, Oklahoma St., Sr., 6-3, 190, Alexandria, La.
Joel Embiid, Kansas, Fr., 7-0, 250, Yaounde, Cameroon.
Marcus Foster, Kansas St., Fr., 6-2, 200, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, So., 6-4, 208, Freeport, Bahamas.
Cory Jefferson, Baylor, Sr., 6-9, 220, Killeen, Texas.
 
HONORABLE MENTION:
Kyan Anderson, TCU; Bryce Chery, Baylor; Cameron Clark, Oklahoma; Jaye Crockett, Texas Tech; Perry Ellis, Kansas; Eron Harris, West Virginia; Jonathan Holmes, Texas; Georges Niang, Iowa St.; Cameron Ridley, Texas; Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma; Isaiah Taylor, Texas.
by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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