Six Big 12 players are featured on Sports Illustrated’s top 50 college basketball players of 2020-21, which was released on Wednesday.
The highest ranking Big 12 player on the list was Baylor guard Jared Butler, who was just named the AP Big 12 Player of the Year, and is the Heartland College Sports Big 12 Player of the Year. Butler and the Bears debut in the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday in Kansas City.
Right behind Butler at No. 3 was Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham, who was the coaches’ selection as the Big 12 Player of the Year. The Cowboys play West Virginia on Thursday in the Big 12 tournament. Cunningham and Butler are both up for national player of the year awards.
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Outside the top 10, the highest ranking Big 12 player was Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, who came in at No. 12. Mitchell was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by both the coaches and Heartland College Sports.
Just outside the top 25 was West Virginia guard Miles McBride. McBride became the top perimeter option for the Mountaineers this season, and he’ll lead West Virginia into its quarterfinal game with Oklahoma State on Thursday.
Just outside the Top 30 was Oklahoma guard Austin Reeves, who came in at No. 32. Reeves was named an All-Big 12 First Team selection by both the coaches and the AP.
Texas guard Courtney Ramey was the last Big 12 player in the Top 50, coming in at No. 48. He helped the Longhorns get to the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, and they face Texas Tech on Thursday.
Three Big 12 players made the honorable mention list — Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, Texas Tech forward Terrence Shannon Jr., and Baylor guard Mark Vital.
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