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All-Big 12 Tournament Team: Heartland College Sports Edition

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Here is the Heartland College Sports Big 12 All-Tournament team, now that the Big 12 Tournament is complete and the Texas Longhorns has been crowned the champions.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Jericho Sims, F, Texas

Texas only played two games in this tournament, but Sims, a senior, shined in both of them Against Texas Tech in the quarterfinals, Sims had 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals. Then, in the title game against Oklahoma State, Sims had another double-double — 21 points and 14 rebounds — and added two assists, three steals and two blocked shots. The culmination of four years of hard work at Texas is coming to a crescendo at the perfect time.

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (IN ADDITION TO SIMS)

Avery Anderson III, G, Oklahoma State

Anderson had three solid games in the Big 12 Tournament. Against West Virginia he scored 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in the quarterfinals. Against Baylor in the semifinals, he had his best game, scoring 20 points, along with grabbing five rebounds and dishing out an assist. Then, in the Big 12 Championship game, Anderson finished with 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists before fouling out. Anderson is now an assertive No. 2 option for the Cowboys going into the NCAA Tournament.

Matt Coleman III, G, Texas

Coleman was the best guard on the floor for Texas in their two games in the Big 12 Tournament. Against Texas Tech, he scored 19 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished outs six assists and had two steals against the Red Raiders. In the title game against Oklahoma State, he finished with 30 points, one rebound, and one assist. He’s going into the NCAA Tournament on a high note. His 30 points in the title game was a career high.

 

Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State

He was probably already on this list before the Big 12 Tournament started. But the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year did not disappoint. Against West Virginia he scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Then, against Baylor in the semifinals he scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists. He also had three steals in his first two games. Then, in the title game against Texas, Cunningham scored 29 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out three assists. The one-and-done Cunningham left his imprint on the Big 12 regular season and tournament this season.

Kai Jones, F, Texas

Jones didn’t play much in the Big 12 Championship game due to foul trouble, but he made an impact early and late, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds. But he also had a significant impact in the quarterfinal win over Texas Tech. Against the Red Raiders he had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Jones started in the Big 12 Championship game in place of Greg Brown. Expect that to continue in the NCAA Tournament.  

Note: The official team is released by the Big 12 Conference.

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