Three Wildcats Honored by Big 12
Three Wildcats Honored by Big 12
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Three Wildcats - sophomore Marcus Foster and seniors Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams - were each selected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, as the league office announced its annual men's basketball awards on Sunday.
Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma earned two of the six major awards, as junior Buddy Hield was the league's Player of the Year and senior TaShawn Thomas was the Newcomer of the Year. Iowa State's Jameel McKay was the Defensive Player of the Year, Baylor's Taurean Prince was the Sixth Man Award winner and Texas' Myles Turner was the Freshman of the Year. West Virginia's Bob Huggins was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Kansas State had three players collect All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive season and for just the third time in the last 16 seasons. The three selections tie the 1951, 2013 and 2014 squads for the second-most all-league selections in school history and only trail the 1999 team, which had four honorable mention honorees.
Both Foster and Gipson earn their second career Big 12 postseason awards, as Foster was chosen to the league's All-Big 12 Second Team a season ago and Gipson repeats his honorable mention selection from 2013-14. It is the first career postseason award for Williams, who was twice named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week.
Foster leads the Wildcats in seven statistical categories, including scoring (12.9 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (20), 20-point games (4), field goals (116), field goals attempted (294), 3-point field goals (59) and 3-point field goals attempted (169). He also paces the team in scoring on a team-tying 10 occasions.
One of just two players to see action in all 31 games this season, Gipson ranks first on the team in field goal percentage (54.6), rebounding (5.2 rpg.), free throws (120), free throws attempted (158) and minutes (28.7), while he is second in double-digit scoring games (17) and free throw percentage (75.9) and third in scoring (11.1 ppg.) and field goals (112). He also leads the team in rebounding on 12 occasions, including earning his ninth career double-double on Saturday against Texas.
One of 12 players with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career, Gipson ranks among the Top 10 in seven career categories at K-State, including first in defensive rebounds (422), third in offensive rebounds (271), fifth in games played (130), seventh in field goal percentage (53.2), rebounds (693) and free throws attempted (492) and ninth in starts (94). He is also one of 14 players to accumulate more 1,200 points in a career with his current total of 1,216.
Williams ranks first on the team in 20-point games (4), rebounding (5.2 rpg.) and free throw percentage (82.4), while he is second in scoring (11.3 ppg.), field goals (115), free throws (84) and free throws attempted (102) and third in double-digit scoring games (16). He has led the Wildcats in both scoring and rebounding seven times this season.
Kansas State (15-16, 8-10 Big 12) finished in a three-way tie for sixth-place in the Big 12, but due to tiebreakers, will be the No. 8 seed at next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The Wildcats will play No. 9 TCU (17-14, 4-14 Big 12) in the tournament's opening game at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday on ESPNU.