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Baylor’s James Akinjo is the Big 12 Men’s Player of the Week

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James Akinjo of Baylor is the Big 12 Men’s Player of the Week award, announced on Monday.

In addition, Kansas State’s Mark Smith was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, as he had a career night in the Wildcats’ loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.

This is first weekly award of 2021-22 for Akinjo, who transferred to the Bears from Arizona after last season.

 

Akinjo helped the Bears to two victories last week, including a win over then-No. 8 Iowa State, 77-72, which helped the Bears remain the nation’s No. 1 team. Akinjo averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 assists, and 2.5 steals last week.

Smith earned his first Newcomer of the Week honor. The Missouri transfer scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the Sooners, while also dishing out five assists. It was his fourth double-double in the last eight games, and he now leads the Big 12 in rebounding with 8.6 per game.  

Big 12 Player of the Week

Nov. 15: Ochai Agbaji, Kansas, G, Sr.

Nov. 22: Taz Sherman, West Virginia, G, Sr.

Nov. 29: Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State, G, Sr.

Dec. 6: Christian Braun, Kansas, G, Jr.

Dec. 13: Taz Sherman, West Virginia, G, Sr.

Dec. 20: Mike Miles, TCU, G, So.

Dec. 27: Sean McNeil, West Virginia, G, Sr.; Izaiah Brockington, ISU, G, Sr.

Jan. 3: James Akinjo, Baylor, G, Sr.

 

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Nov. 15: Tanner Groves, Oklahoma, F, Sr.

Nov. 22: Tre Mitchell, Texas, F, Jr.

Nov. 29: Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State, G, Sr.

Dec. 6: Tanner Groves, Oklahoma, F, Sr.

Dec. 13: Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State, G, Sr.

Dec. 20: Kendall Brown, Baylor, G, Fr.

Dec. 27: Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State, G, Sr.

Jan. 3: Mark Smith, Kansas State, G, Sr.

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