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Yeah, it's cliche...so what?

Player of the Year

G Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State

Also Considered: G Ben McLemore - Kansas, C Jeff Withey - Kansas, G Rodney McGruder - Kansas State

Coach of the Year

Bruce Weber - Kansas State

Also Considered: Lon Kruger - Oklahoma, Travis Ford - Oklahoma State, Fred Hoiberg - Iowa State

Freshman of the Year

G Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State

Also Considered: G Ben McLemore - Kansas, F Isaiah Austin - Baylor, F Georges Niang - Iowa State

Newcomer of the Year (non-freshman)

F Will Clyburn - Iowa State

Also Considered: F Amath M'Baye - Oklahoma, G Korie Lucious - Iowa State

6th Man of the Year

G Tyrus McGee

Nobody else was even remotely considered

First Team All-Conference

G Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State

G Ben McLemore - Kansas

G Rodney McGruder - Kansas State

F Romero Osby - Oklahoma

C Jeff Withey - Kansas

Second Team All-Conference

G Pierre Jackson - Baylor

G Tyrus McGee - Iowa State

G Markel Brown - Oklahoma State

F Melvin Ejim - Iowa State

F Will Clyburn - Iowa State

F Isaiah Austin - Baylor

(6 guys...deal with it)

Best NBA Prospects

1. G Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State - Love his game. Reminds me of a young Dwyane Wade.

2. G Ben McLemore - Kansas - Absolutely pure stroke. Ray Allen comes to mind.

3. F Isaiah Austin - Baylor - Gets a mention on potential only.

4. C Jeff Withey - Kansas - Limited offensively, but he'll find a roster spot.

5. F Romero Osby - Oklahoma - I like him and I think he's skilled enough to make it.

6. G Pierre Jackson - Baylor - I can see him in a scorer off the bench, back up point guard role.

If I Were An NBA GM, I Wouldn't Draft Him

1. F Le'Bryan Nash - Oklahoma State - Not good when going into games you have to ask, "I wonder if Nash is going to give a shit tonight?"

2. G Myck Kabongo - Texas - Very good, but I think he needs another year.

3. F Isaiah Austin - Baylor - Soft, rail-thin and needs a lot of skill development. Would benefit from another year in school.

4. F Will Clyburn - Iowa State - Sadly, it's true. Just too inconsistent.

NBA Sleepers

1. G Markel Brown - Oklahoma State - Explosive athlete who's become a reliable outside shooter. He should stay in school though, but I think he'll have a nice chance.

2. G Rodney McGruder - Kansas State - Moves better without the ball than anyone in the conference. Decent size and a very good shooter.

3. G Tyrus McGee - Iowa State - Can absolutely fill it up and already has NBA range. Probably a stretch.

4. F Aaric Murray - West Virginia - Really needs to come back but his length and ability makes him an intriguing prospect.

Game of the Year

Kansas 108 - Iowa State 96 OT, at Iowa State.

-AND-

Kansas 68 - Oklahoma State 67 2OT, at Oklahoma State.

The atmosphere in Ames was the best in the Big 12 without question this year, and in a national spotlight game on ESPN's Big Monday, both teams delivered...for 40 minutes at least. The game in Stillwater also had a good atmosphere and was a physical, heavy weight fight.

Best Win

Oklahoma State 85 - Kansas 80, in Allen Fieldhouse.

Worst Loss

TCU 62 - Kansas 55, at TCU.