Beasley named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

IRVING, Texas Freshman forward Michael Beasley continued his dominance as Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday, as he was selected for the award for the sixth consecutive week after averaging 34.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in two games last week.

 

Beasley’s eight rookie honors are the most by any men’s basketball player in the Big 12 history, while he is the first men’s player in league history to win any weekly award six consecutive weeks.  The player of the week award is also Beasley’s 10th overall this season, which ties the Big 12 men’s basketball record for combined honors set by Durant (four player, six rookie) a year ago.  He has earned Rookie of the Week accolades on Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, 2007, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 3, 2008 and Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12, 2007 and Jan. 14, 2008. 

 

Beasley averaged 34.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting (21-of-44), including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point line, for the week with 13.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in 34.0 minutes per game in contests against No. 5 Texas and No. 6 Kansas last week.  He also connected on 85.7 percent (23-of-27) from the free throw line.  He posted back-to-back 30-point outings for the third time this season and moved his career and single-season school records for 30-point games to 12.  He broke or tied two Big 12 records this past week, eclipsing Kevin Durant’s (11; 2006-07) single-season mark for 30-point contests and tying Kansas’ Drew Gooden’s (25; 2001-02) single-season mark for double-doubles.  He also extended his NCAA mark for double-doubles by a freshman.

 

Beasley tallied 30 points against the fifth-ranked Longhorns on 10-of-21 field goals on Feb. 25 to go with 15 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action.  He also went 10-of-11 from the free throw line.  He continued his impressive week with another solid effort against the sixth-ranked Jayhawks, collecting 39 points on 11-of-23 field goals with 11 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in just 31 minutes of action.  He also connected on 13-of-16 from the free throw line.  Beasley, who joins Norris Coleman (1985-86) as the only players in school history to tally 30 or more points in three consecutive games, has connected on 10 or more field goals and 10 or more free throws in four of the last five games, including three consecutive contests. 

 

The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to make his case for National Player of the Year honors, as he is averaging 26.7 points on 54 percent shooting (265-of-491), including 40 percent from 3-point range, with 12.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists in 31.3 minutes per game this season.  As of today, he ranks among the top-5 in the nation in both scoring (third) and rebounding (first).  He has recorded a double-double in 25 of 28 games and has totaled 22 games of 20 or more points.  He leads the nation in double-doubles (25), 40-point games (three), 30-point games (12), 20-point, 10-rebound games (20) and 30-point, 10-rebound games (12).  Just third player in school history to top 700 points in a single-season, he needs just 22 points to eclipse Mitch Richmond’s (768; 1987-88) school single-season points mark.  He already holds the single-season records for rebounds and rebounds by a freshman.

 

Kansas State (18-10, 8-6 Big 12) returns to action on Tuesday, March 4, as the Wildcats host Colorado (11-17, 3-11 Big 12) on Senior Night at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 8 p.m. CT.