NHR Preseason All Big 12 teams

19 Oct

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

The Big 12 has always been home to some of college basketball’s most exciting and entertaining players in the country. Does the league have that same kind of player power this year? We’ll see. Here’s a look at the top players in the league in the National Hoops Report Big 12 All-Conference teams.

All Big 12 First Team

Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas)

After having shared the backcourt with Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Sherron Collins, Xavier Henry and others for his first three years, it will be Taylor’s time to shine.   He lead the Jayhawks in assists last season with 4.6 per game and should maintain that number while also building upon his 9.3 scoring average.

Marcus Denmon (Missouri)

Denmon is the only returnee from last years coaches’ All Big 12 first team after shooting 44.8% from beyond the arc last season and averaging 16.9 points per game.  With a small Tiger squad that will rely on guard play, expect more of the same from the 6 foot 3 senior.

Rodney McGruder (Kansas State)

McGruder quietly lead the Wildcats in rebounding last season as a guard with a 5.9 average.  He also was the number two scoring option out of the backcourt behind senior Jacob Pullen. With Pullen gone he will be Kansas St’s go to guy and one of the top scorers in the conference.

Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

While playing behind the Morris twins last season, Robinson was a rebounding vacuum.  He averaged 6.4 boards in just 14.6 minutes of action a game.   Now as the go to guy for the Hawks, he should average a double double of points and rebounds.

Perry Jones (Baylor)

Jones had an up and down freshman year but showed flashes of great potential during it as he was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a Freshman All American.   Now with another year of experience his output should start matching the potential that seems to just ooze out of the athletic 6 foot 11 post.

All Big 12 Second Team

 J’Covan Brown (Texas)

Brown has had an up and down first two years in Austin with little consistency in his game to game scoring numbers. It has not been uncommon for a twenty point outburst to be followed by single digit production.  With a young and thing Longhorn roster, Brown will now be the primary scoring option and his scoring numbers need to become more consistent for Texas to have success.

Lebryan Nash (Oklahoma St)

Even though he is just a freshman, Nash has the build and athleticism of a NBA small forward.  He will be a walking mismatch at the college level with the strength to post up wings and the quickness to get by bigs.

Khris Middleton (Texas A&M)

This big wing averaged nearly fifteen points a game as a sophomore and with the graduation of B.J. Holmes and Nathan Walkup, his role should only expand.  He shot 78.4% from the line last year but averaged under five trips to the charity stripe a game.  To making his scoring easier he needs to focus on getting more attempts at the free throw line.

Quincy Miller (Baylor)

Miller is similar to Nash as he will likely be a NBA three and is a mismatch for many college players.  He is not as physically gifted as his Oklahoma State counterpart but is a more skilled player with the ability to score at all three levels.  Many Big 12 wings and forwards will be left shaking their heads trying to figure out how to cover this freshman.

Royce White (Iowa St)

The Minnesota transfer was a five star recruit out of high school and is expected to be an immediate contributor for the Cyclones.  Even though he is 6 foot 8 and weigh 270 pounds, he will likely be one of the more versatile players in the Big 12 thanks to his passing ability and agility.

All Big 12 Third Team

Pierre Jackson (Baylor)

Baylor’s inconsistency at point guard hindered them last year and Jackson is just what the doctor ordered.  Jackson was the number one junior college recruit in the nation last year according to jucorecruiting.com and he lead the College of Southern Idaho to the Junior College national championship.   Now he is expected to take the reigns to a team loaded with talent in Quincy Miller, Quincy Acy, Perry Jones and others.

Chris Allen (Iowa State)

Allen was a key contributor for two Final Four runs at Michigan State and is expected to start as a senior for Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones.  He was a skilled three point shooter as a Spartan and ended up tenth on their career list for three pointers made.   Now for Iowa State he brings valuable experience and will provide a scoring punch out of their backcourt.

Ricardo Ratliffe (Missouri)

Ratliffe will be the primary low post option for the Tigers following the season ending injury to Laurence Bowers.  With a more traditional system as a Senior, he should flourish as a back to the basket scorer while also cleaning the glass on both ends.

Jamar Samuels (Kansas State)

This athletic forward lacks a true position but his motor makes up for it.  He has been a hustle player for Frank Martin over the past two years but now will likely step up into a bigger role in Wildcats’ offense.

Andrew Fitzgerald (Oklahoma)

The 6 foot 8 junior post looks unorthodox at times but he has one of the more versatile post games in the conference.  He can score with his back to the basket and has a silky mid range jumper.  After averaging double figures as a sophomore, he will be a go to guy for the Sooners.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Thomas Robinson

The rebounding machine’s main competition for the award will be Baylor big man Perry Jones.  Jones may be a more talented prospect but Robinson will put up bigger numbers this year as he shoulders the load for the Jayhawks.


The Cowboys have experience on the roster but for them to succeed, this freshman will need to be the go to guy.  Nash has a NBA ready body and will need it as he carries the Cowboy and will likely lead all Big 12 freshmen in scoring this season.


Based on the hype around him in Ames, anything less than the Newcomer of the Year Award will be a disappointment to the Cyclone fanbase.  He averaged a triple double during a Des Moines-area summer league and while that will be a hard feat to duplicate, he should still be among the Big 12 scoring and rebounding leaders.


Self has been the best coach by far in the Big 12 recently and it will continue to show this season.  Considering the youth and limited numbers on the roster, it will be an impressive feat if Self keeps the Jayhawks in contention for the Big 12.  If they do win their eighth consecutive title, it will be a testament to Self and arguably his best coaching job in Lawrence.

Related: Projecting the Big 12

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