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Ochai Agbaji Is Big 12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2022 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.  

Agbaji scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists for the Jayhawks, who won the Big 12 Tournament title for the first time since the 2018 season.

Agbaji was named the Big 12 Player of the Year before the Big 12 Tournament began. He is also on the Wooden Award ballot, given to the nation’s best player.


Before the victory over Texas Tech, Agbaji had 18 points in the 87-63 victory over West Virginia on Thursday. He then scored 22 points against TCU in a 75-62 win over TCU on Friday.

The Jayhawks claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced on Sunday, and right now the Jayhawks are considered a No. 1 seed going into the NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s win may have clinched it.

The Big 12 All-Tournament team included Agbaji, Kanas guard Christian Braun, Texas Tech forward Bryson Williams, Texas Tech guard/forward Terrence Shannon, Oklahoma guard Umoja Gibson and TCU guard Mike Miles.

Big 12 Most Outstanding Player History

2022    Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

2021    Matt Coleman III, Texas

2019    Marial Shayok, Iowa State

2018    Malik Newman, Kansas

2017    Monte Morris, Iowa State

2016    Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

2015    Georges Niang, Iowa State

2014    DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

2013    Jeff Withey, Kansas

2012    Kim English, Missouri

2011    Marcus Morris, Kansas

2010    Sherron Collins, Kansas

2009    DeMarre Carroll, Missouri

2008    Brandon Rush, Kansas

2007    Kevin Durant, Texas

2006    Mario Chalmers, Kansas

2005    Joey Graham, Oklahoma State

2004    Tony Allen, Oklahoma State

2003    Hollis Price, Oklahoma

2002    Hollis Price, Oklahoma

2001    Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma

2000    Marcus Fizer, Iowa State

1999    Jeff Boschee, Kansas

1998    Paul Pierce, Kansas

1997    Paul Pierce, Kansas

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