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Cade Cunningham Named Preseason Freshman of the Year

He is OSU’s first Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year since Marcus Smart.



[Photo via Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics]

Preseason honors won’t mean a whole lot in March, but Cade Cunningham can’t stop racking them up.

On Wednesday, Cunningham was named the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, as well as being named on of six members on the Preseason All-Big 12 team.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Jared Butler, Baylor
Marcus Garrett, Kansas
Austin Reaves, Oklahoma
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
Matt Coleman III, Texas
Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia

Cunningham is the fourth Oklahoma State player to be named the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year entering the season, joining Marcus Smart, Le’Bryan Nash and Desmond Mason.

He is the first Cowboy to be named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team since Jeffrey Carroll received the honor for the 2017-18 season.

Baylor’s Jared Butler was named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, and Texas Tech’s Marcus Santos-Silva received Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.

Somehow, Isaac Likekele didn’t even receive an honorable mention nod after receiving a postseason honorable mention honor last season.

The Big 12’s head coaches voted on the awards, but coaches aren’t allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

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