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Higgins Named All-Big 12 Third Team

Mar 8, 2009

IRVING, Texas - University of Colorado men's basketball standout Cory Higgins was named to the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference third team, announced Sunday by the conference office. The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

 

Higgins, a sophomore guard from Danville, Calif. leads the Buffaloes in a majority of categories including points, rebounds, steals, free throws/attempts, defensive and total rebounds and minutes played. He also ranks second in assists and blocked shots, and ranks third in three-pointers made.

 

Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Higgins becomes the 14th CU player to be selected to either the first, second or third conference teams. He is the sixth third team selection and second straight in as many years to be named to the third team.

Throughout the 2008-09 season, Higgins was the only Big 12 player and a handful of Division I athletes to lead his team in four categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals).

 

Higgins was named one of three captains prior to the start of the season and has started every game at CU (62 consecutive). He has led the Buffs in scoring 18 times and finished the 16-game conference season as the top steals leader (2.1). During the 2008-09 campaign, he has maintained a nation ranking in three categories (points, FG%, FT%) and set the CU and Big 12 record for consecutive free throws made (45).

 

Higgins has netted 11 games over 20 points with a pair of 30-point efforts and was named conference player of the week Dec. 8-14.

 

Colorado's second season begins Wednesday, March 11 taking No. 5 seed Texas at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network seen locally on Altitude Sports & Entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. (MDT) from the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

Complete Big 12 award winners listed below.

 

Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin, who set numerous records during his sophomore campaign, leads the 2009 edition of the All-Big 12 Men's Basketball honors as Player of the Year.  Cole Aldrich (Kansas) and J.T. Tiller (Missouri) share the Defensive Player of the Year award, while Denis Clemente (Kansas State) is the top newcomer.  Willie Warren (Oklahoma) is the  Freshman of the Year, while LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor) and Matt Lawrence (Missouri) share the Sixth Man Award.  Bill Self of Kansas is the Big 12 Coach of the Year. 

 

Also announced Sunday was the Kansas City Star specialty teams voted by a group of media who regularly cover the Big 12. Higgins was the lone CU student-athlete listed and was named one of five to the All-Improved team.

 

2008-09 PHILLIPS 66 ALL-BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, F, So., 6-10, 251, Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, So., 6-11, 245, Bloomington, Minn.

J.T. Tiller, Missouri, G, Jr., 6-3, 200, Marietta, Ga.

 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Denis Clemente, Kansas State, G, Jr., 6-1, 175, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Willie Warren, Oklahoma, G, Fr., 6-4, 207, Fort Worth, Texas

 

SIXTH MAN AWARDS

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G, So., 6-4, 201, Monroe, La.

Matt Lawrence, Missouri, G, Sr., 6-7, 203, St. Louis, Mo.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bill Self, Kansas [Career: 374-143, 16th season; At KU: 167-38, 6th season]

 

All-Big 12 First Team                            Pos.          Ht.          Wt.           Cl.         Hometown

Craig Brackins, Iowa State                      F            6-10        230         So.         Raleigh, N.C.

Cole Aldrich, Kansas                                C           6-11        245         So.         Bloomington, Minn.

Sherron Collins, Kansas**                      G           5-11        200          Jr.          Chicago, Ill.

DeMarre Carroll, Missouri                       F             6-8          225          Sr.         Birmingham, Ala.

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma**                       F            6-10        251         So.         Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

All-Big 12 Second Team                      Pos.          Ht.          Wt.           Cl.         Hometown

Denis Clemente, Kansas State              G            6-1          175          Jr.          Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Willie Warren, Oklahoma                        G            6-4          207          Fr.          Fort Worth, Texas

James Anderson, Oklahoma State      G/F           6-6          195         So.         Junction City, Ark.

A.J. Abrams, Texas                                   G           5-11        161          Sr.         Round Rock, Texas

Damion James, Texas                           G/F           6-7          222          Jr.          Nacogdoches, Texas

 

All-Big 12 Third Team                           Pos.          Ht.          Wt.           Cl.         Hometown

Curtis Jerrells, Baylor                               G            6-1          201          Sr.         Austin, Texas

Cory Higgins, Colorado                           G            6-5          185         So.         Danville, Calif.

Leo Lyons, Missouri                                  F             6-9          244          Sr.         Kansas City, Kan.

Ade Dagunduro, Nebraska                     G            6-5          200          Sr.         Inglewood, Calif.

Byron Eaton, Oklahoma State                G           5-11        218          Sr.         Dallas, Texas

Josh Carter, Texas A&M                        G/F           6-7          205          Sr.         Dallas, Texas

 

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Listed alphabetically by school)

LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Kevin Rogers (Baylor), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), J.T. Tiller (Missouri), Austin Johnson (Oklahoma),

Terrel Harris (Oklahoma State), John Roberson (Texas Tech), Alan Voskuil (Texas Tech)

 

Big 12 All-Defensive Team                 Pos.          Ht.          Wt.           Cl.         Hometown

Cole Aldrich, Kansas                                C           6-11        245         So.         Bloomington, Minn.

J.T. Tiller, Missouri**                                 G            6-3          200          Jr.          Marietta, Ga.

Ade Dagunduro, Nebraska                     G            6-5          200          Sr.         Inglewood, Calif.

Terrel Harris, Oklahoma State                G            6-5          184          Sr.         Dallas, Texas

Justin Mason, Texas                                 G            6-2          194          Jr.          Amarillo, Texas

Derrick Roland, Texas A&M                    G            6-4          190          Jr.          Dallas, Texas

 

Big 12 All-Rookie Team                       Pos.          Ht.          Wt.           Cl.         Hometown

Marcus Morris, Kansas                             F             6-8          225          Fr.          Philadelphia, Pa.

Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas**                      G            6-3          180          Fr.          Hoboken, N.J.

Denis Clemente, Kansas State**           G            6-1          175          Jr.          Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Zaire Taylor, Missouri                               G            6-4          189          Jr.          Staten Island, N.Y.

Willie Warren, Oklahoma**                     G            6-4          207          Fr.          Fort Worth, Texas

 

** - Unanimous Selection                           

Ties in the voting created additional spots for Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award and on the third and all-defensive teams

 

 

2008-09 Big 12 Specialty Teams: The Kansas City Star (Selected by a panel of sportswriters to regularly cover the Big 12)

 

All-Freshman

Quincy Acy, Baylor

Robert Lewandowski, Texas Tech

Marcus Morris, Kansas

Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

Willie Warren, Oklahoma


All-Newcomer (transfer)

Denis Clemente, Kansas State

Nick Okorie, Texas Tech

Juan Pattillo, Oklahoma

Zaire Taylor, Missouri

Jamie Vanderbeken, Iowa State

 

All-Defense

Cole Aldrich, Kansas

Ryan Anderson, Nebraska

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Derrick Roland, Texas A&M

J.T. Tiller, Missouri

 

All-Improved

Craig Brackins, Iowa State

Chinemelu Elonu, Texas A&M

Taylor Griffin, Oklahoma

Cory Higgins, Colorado

Darren Kent, Kansas State

All-Reserve (tie in voting)

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor

B.J. Holmes, Texas A&M

Gary Johnson, Texas

Keiton Page, Oklahoma State

Mike Singletary, Texas Tech

Paul Velander, Nebraska

 

All-Underrated

Ade Dagunduro, Nebraska

Terrel Harris, Oklahoma State

Austin Johnson, Oklahoma

Brady Morningstar, Kansas

Jacob Pullen, Kansas State