Beasley named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors on Monday after posting his second career 20-point/20-rebound effort in a win over Western Illinois on Saturday night.


Beasley is the first Kansas State player to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors since David Hoskins did it twice during the 2005-06 season and the 10th overall since the inception of the league.  He became the first Wildcat to win the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week award since 2005 last week when he averaged 31.0 points and 19.0 rebounds in wins over Sacramento State and Pittsburg State to start the season.


Beasley became the first player in Big 12 history to collect two 20-point/20-rebound performances in a single season with his 28-point, 22-rebounds effort in a 77-64 win over Western Illinois.  In the first 11 years of Big 12 competition, only nine players had posted 20-point/20-rebound games in their career and none had ever done it more than once in their respective careers.  He is just the second player in school history to post 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds twice in a season and the first since Jack Parr did it twice during the 1955-56 season. 


The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to impress this season, as he is averaging 30.0 points on 61.8 percent shooting with 20.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 30.7 minutes.  Against Western Illinois, he connected on 10-of-16 field goals, including 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, with two assists, two steals and one block in a season-high 32 minutes.   


After a slow start against Western Illinois, Beasley came on strong in the second half with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 17 minutes.  The owner of the Big 12 all-class record for rebounds (24) and third-most rebounds in school history, his 22 rebounds against WIU tie four other individuals for the ninth-most.


The 22nd-ranked Wildcats (3-0) return to action on Thursday, Nov. 22 when the squad plays George Mason (3-0) at the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House in Orlando, Fla., for an 8 p.m. CT tip.