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A few fun thoughts and tidbits on the postseason Big 12 basketball awards handed out by the coaches yesterday. Keiton Page garnered second team All-Big 12 honors and Le’Bryan Nash was named co-freshman of the year with Quincy Miller as well as a member of the All-Rookie team.

OSU has never had a freshman of the year winner (co-, unanimous, or otherwise).

This is the first time Keiton has ever even received an All-Big 12 vote from all these coaches who are in love with him. How is that possible? Every time I see Frank Martin talking about him it seems like he’s describing a piece of Peruvian art rather than a 5’8 white shooting guard. And nary a vote until this season?

Nash is the 42nd Big 12 freshman to make at least honorable mention All-Big 12.

Here are your last five freshman of the year winners…

– Tristan Thompson
– Alec Burks
– Willie Warren
– Michael Beasley
– Kevin Durant

Combined 2011-2012 salaries: $28,333,647

Your OSU players to make the All-Rookie team:

– James Anderson
– Le’Bryan Nash

Granted, the award has only been around for seven years

Coming into this season, OSU had the third highest aggregate number of All-Big 12 players (1st thru honorable mention) plus All-Defensive and All-Rookie selections with 48 (Kansas had 75 and Texas had 60). With three selections this year (Page and Nash twice) they held off Mizzou (51-49) and nobody else is really even that close (OU has 43).

Your first/second team All-Big 12 OSU players this decade:

– Desmond Mason (1st)
– Mo Baker (1st)
– Fred Jonzen (2nd)
– Vic Williams (2nd)
– Tony Allen (1st)
– John Lucas (1st)
– Joey Graham (1st)
– John Lucas (1st)
– Mario Boggan (1st)
– James Anderson (2nd)
– James Anderson (1st)
– Keiton Page (2nd)

That’s it.

In researching/looking at all this, it really felt like the Big 12 was WAY down this year, even at the top…no?

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