The Big 12 coaches will announce their all-Big 12 basketball team today. The media will announce theirs on Monday. You get a sneak peek of my ballot now.
I am a voter for the Associated Press all-conference team. Below is a look at how I voted, with players ranked from 1-10.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State.
Choosing the Big 12′s top player has never been more difficult. I seriously considered Melvin Ejim, Andrew Wiggins and Juwan Staten and didn’t eliminate a few others until the final week of the season. Ejim and Staten had dominant stats, but Wiggins was the best player on the league’s best team. What to reward? I chose Ejim, because his stats were too good to ignore. He ranked second in the Big 12 in points (18.2) and rebounds (8.6) and he ranked third in field-goal percentage (51.3). He also had two mammoth games, hitting TCU for 48 points and 18 rebounds and torching K-State for 30 points and 16 rebounds. That helped Iowa State finish third.