Heartland College Sports announces its Big 12 men’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.
The team was selected by the staff of the site and features a first team and a second team. Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji is on the team, as he is the Big 12 Player of the Year. Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams was selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
The teams are below.
G Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
G Adam Flagler, Baylor
G Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State
G Nijel Pack, Kansas State
F Bryson Williams, Texas Tech
About the team: Agbaji (20.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game) was naturally going to make the team as the HCS Player of the Year. There was plenty of debate between Christian Braun and Adam Flagler (13.8 points, 3.0 assists, 40.7 percent from the 3-point line), but Baylor’s short-handed surge cemented Flagler’s importance to the Bears’ success. Brockington (17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) has been THE key to the Cyclones’ rise to a 20-win season, despite being the focus of every defensive game plan since early December. He was their leading scorer and rebounder. Pack (17.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.3 three-pointers per game) had that huge 35-point game against Kansas and from there has proven he’s one of the best guards in the conference. Williams wraps up the first team (14 points, 4.3 rebounds), as he took advantage of Terrence Shannon Jr.’s month-long absence and became the Red Raiders’ leading scorer. His 33-point performance at Kansas will be talked about for a while.
G James Akinjo, Baylor
G Christian Braun, Kansas
G Taz Sherman, West Virginia
G Mike Miles, TCU
F Timmy Allen, Texas
About the team: Akinjo came in from Arizona and saw his scoring average go down, but his assists go up (13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists per game). His transition to leading the offense wasn’t totally seamless, but he emerged as one of the best game-runners in the league. Braun, as noted, was considered for the first team (14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds per game), and he’s one of the league’s shot blockers from the guard position. Sherman (18.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game) was West Virginia’s No. 1 scoring option, and despite the team’s losing record, he showed he was a Top 10 player. Miles (15.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals per game) saw his shooting percentage sag a bit this season, but his defense improved and he had huge performances in key moments as the Horned Frogs have their best Big 12 Tournament seed ever. Allen (12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals per game) was Texas’ most consistent performer. He took to the Longhorns’ defensive system and by season’s end as Allen went, so did Texas.
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