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2020-21 All-Big 12 Basketball Teams Announced

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The Big 12 basketball regular season is over and we get set for the 2021 Big 12 Tournament taking place this week at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. With the season over, here’s the rundown of our Heartland College Sports selection for First, Second and Third All-Big 12 Teams, plus our Freshman, Defensive and Newcomer Teams.

First Team

G Jared Butler, Baylor

G Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

F Derek Culver, West Virginia

G Miles McBride, West Virginia

G Davion Mitchell, Baylor

Notes: Butler, Cunningham, and Culver were locks, frankly. Culver was the league’s best forward, no question. After that I can debate about a half-dozen guards for the final two spots on the first team. Mitchell surged into the conversation in the back half of the Big 12 schedule and, honestly, he’s now one of the best shooters in the Big 12. McBride was the Mountaineers’ top guard and, without him, WVU isn’t close to being a Top 10 team.

 

Second Team

G Mac McClung, Texas Tech

G Andrew Jones, Texas

G MaCio Teague, Baylor

G Austin Reaves, Oklahoma

F David McCormack, Kansas

Notes: I can make a case for McClung, Jones, Teague and Reaves on the first team and I don’t have to stretch the truth to do it. The league is THAT deep. Jones had a tremendous season in Austin. Teague was Baylor’s second-leading scorer. Reaves is about as reliable as guard in the league. As for McCormack, he finally came into his own this season, becoming the anchor for the Jayhawks’ interior game that they sorely needed after Udoka Azubuike’s departure.

Third Team

G Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

G Courtney Ramey, Texas

G Matt Coleman III, Texas

G Taz Sherman, West Virginia

F Jalen Wilson, Kansas

Notes: The Jayhawks had a surge at the end of the season, and Agbaji and Wilson both played their way into third-team status. Wilson finished the season as the second-leading rebounder in the Big 12. Ramey and Coleman III had tremendous seasons for the Longhorns, who at one time were No. 4 in the country and remain a Sweet 16 possibility. Sherman deserves third-team status, though I certainly flirted with his teammate, Sean McNeil.

 

Freshman Team

G Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

G Mike Miles, TCU

G Jalen Wilson, Kansas

G Nijel Pack, Kansas State

F Greg Brown, Texas

Notes: Cunningham, obviously. The other four — Miles, Wilson, Pack and Brown — can be Top 10 players in this conference next year. Of course, Brown may not stick around after this season, like Cunningham. Wilson is the only redshirt freshman in the group. The rest played and performed well in their true freshman seasons.

Defensive Team

G Davion Mitchell, Baylor

G Marcus Garrett, Kansas

G Mark Vital, Baylor

F Kevin McCullar, Texas Tech

F Kalib Boone, Oklahoma State

Notes: Garrett and Vital were two of the best perimeter defenders in the conference. McCullar changed the tenor of the Red Raiders’ defense when he returned from injury. Boone emerged as a quality rim protector in the season’s second half and should be a star in this conference next season.

 

Newcomer Team (non-freshman)

G Mac McClung, Texas Tech

G Umoja Gibson, Oklahoma

G Adam Flagler, Baylor

G Jalen Coleman-Lands, Iowa State

F Marcus Santos-Silva, Texas Tech

Notes: Gibson emerged as one of the best 3-point shooting threats in the conference. Flagler will likely be Baylor’s No. 1 guard next year, assuming Butler, Mitchell and Teague all leave.  Santos-Silva solidified the paint for the Red Raiders. Coleman-Lands emerged as the Cyclones’ leading scorer after transferring from DePaul.

Who did I leave off the first, second, and third teams? Some of the players that I looked at, but ultimately didn’t pull the trigger on, were Baylor G Mark Vital and F Matthew Mayer, Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (though he made my defensive team), Kansas State guard Mike McGuirl (who had a quality, under-the-radar season), Oklahoma G De’Vion Harmon, G Elijah Harkless and F Brady Manek, Texas F Jericho Sims and F Kai Jones, Texas Tech F Terrence Shannon Jr. and G Kyler Edwards, and West Virginia G Sean McNeil. So consider that my honorable mention list, though you don’t have to stretch the truth to say they’re worth a third-team nod.

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