Beasley named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

IRVING, Texas Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season on Monday after averaging 31.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in wins over Colorado and Iowa State last week.


Beasley becomes the first Kansas State player earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times in a season, surpassing Tony Kitt (1998-99), Larry Reid (2000-01), Pervis Pasco (2001-02), Jeremiah Massey (2003-04) and David Hoskins (2005-06) who have done it twice.  The player of the week award is also Beasley’s fifth this season after he earned Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, 2007 and Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 12, 2007 and Jan. 14, 2008. 


Beasley averaged 31.0 points on 55.3 percent shooting (21-of-38), including 50 percent (2-of-4) from 3-point line, for the week with 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game.  He also connected on 90 percent (18-of-20) from the free throw line.  He began the week with a 29-point effort in a 72-56 road win over Colorado on Jan. 23 on 9-of-17 field goals with 13 rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 28 minutes.  Saddled with early foul trouble, he scored 26 points in the second half against the Buffaloes on 9-of-15 shooting. 


Beasley capped the week off with another stellar performance in an 82-57 win over Iowa State on Saturday, as he posted 33 points on 12-of-21 field goals with 15 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.  It marked his seventh 30-point game of the season, which tied the school single-season record held by Bob Boozer (7, 1958-59) and Norris Coleman (7, 1985-86).  He also collected his 16th double-double of the season, which is just two shy of tying the school mark of 18 set by Larry Comley (1960-61).


The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to impress this season, as he is averaging 25.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting (167-of-295), including 38.1 percent from 3-point range, with 12.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 29.6 minutes per game this season. As of Friday, he ranked among the top-5 in the nation in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (first).  He has recorded a double-double in 16 of 18 games and has totaled 13 games of 20 or more points. 


Kansas State (14-4, 4-0 Big 12), which is off to its best conference start since the 1987-88 season, concludes its brief two-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 30 when the Wildcats play host to No. 2 Kansas (20-0, 5-0 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. CT.