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 second consecutive week on Monday after averaging 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in games against No. 2 Kansas and Missouri last week.


Beasley becomes the first Kansas State player earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week four 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 did it twice.  The player of the week award is also Beasley’s sixth this season after he earned Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 19, 2007, Dec. 26, 2007 and Jan. 28, 2008 and Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 12, 2007 and Jan. 14, 2008. 


Beasley averaged 21.0 points on 50 percent shooting (15-of-30), including 80 percent (4-of-5) from 3-point line, for the week with 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in 34 minutes per game.  He also connected on 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the free throw line.  He began the week with a game-high 25 points in the Wildcats’ historic 84-75 win over No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 30.  In helping the squad to its first win over the Jayhawks since 1983, he went 9-of-18 from the field, including a career-high 4-of-4 from 3-point range, with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in a career-best 38 minutes.  He capped off the week with another solid performance in the 77-74 loss to Missouri on Feb. 2 by collecting his 17th double-double with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds.  He is now just one 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 24.9 points on 56 percent shooting (182-of-325), including 42.6 percent from 3-point range, with 12.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists in 30 minutes per game this season.  As of today, he ranked among the top-5 in the nation in both scoring (fourth) and rebounding (first).  He has recorded a double-double in 17 of 20 games and has totaled 15 games of 20 or more points. 


Kansas State (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) begins a two-game homestand on Wednesday, as the Wildcats play host to Nebraska (13-6, 2-4 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. CT.