Butler earns AP Big 12 layer of the year, Drew named top coach for second consecutive year
Baylor Bears junior guard Jared Butler was named this year’s AP Big 12 Conference player of the year while his head coach Scott Drew was named the conference’s top coach for the second year in a row. Both men helped Baylor win its first Big 12 regular-season championship in program history, its first overall in 71 years when Baylor was a member of the Southwest Conference.
Butler and Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham were the only unanimous picks on the conference’s first team. Cunningham earned newcomer of the year honors and held five of 16 votes for player of the year. Butler possessed the other 11 votes.
No. 2 Baylor (21-1, 13-1) recorded its best start in program history by winning its first 18 games of the season, and Butler was a major reason why as he posted per-game averages of 17.1 points, 4.95 assists, 2.1 steals, and a 44-percent average from beyond the arc. Butler led the Big 12 in both steals and 3-point percentage.
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u-Jared Butler, Baylor, Jr., 6-3, 195, Reserve, Louisiana
u-Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, Fr., 6-8, 220, Arlington, Texas
Derek Culver, West Virginia, Jr., 6-10, 255, Youngstown, Ohio
Mac McClung, Texas Tech, Jt., 6-2, 185, Gate City, Virginia
Austin Reaves, Oklahoma, 6-5, 206, Newark, Arkansas
Andrew Jones, Texas, Jr., 6-4, 192, Irvin, Texas
Miles McBride, West Virginia., So., 6-2, 200, Cincinnati
David McCormack, Kansas, 6-10, 250, Norfolk, Virginia
Davion Mitchell, Baylor, Jr., 6-2, 205, Hinesville, Georgia
MaCio Teague, Baylor, Sr. 6-4, 195, Cincinnati
Coach of the year – Scott Drew, Baylor
Player of the year – Jared Butler, Baylor
Newcomer of the year – Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State