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The best freshman seasons in Big 12 history



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As @orangefactor pointed out on Twitter yesterday, only two players in Big 12 history have accomplished the following:

Big 12 All-Rookie team
Big 12 All-defensive team
First team All-Big 12
Big 12 Freshman of the Year
Big 12 Player of the Year

One you watched all year — he wears #33 for Oklahoma State.

The other I suspect you’ve heard of as well — he wears #35 for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And if I’m ranking the best freshman seasons in Big 12 history (these guys were all Big 12 freshmen of the year), I have to go like this…

1. Durant (’07) – Both he and Smart had signature games in Allen Fieldhouse.
2. Beasley (’08) – Averaged 26 and 12 his freshman year! 26 and 12!
3. Smart (’13) – Owned the season but KD’s freshman year still has my heart.
4. T.J. Ford (’02) – That 10-4-8-2 stat line his frosh year is shiny.
5. Bernard King (’00) – Maybe the most underrated player in Big 12 history.
6. Curtis Stinson (’04) – I had to include his 16-6-4-2 line. Dude was so freaking good.

The worst Big 12 freshman of the year season belongs to Jerald Brown of Texas A&M who averaged a 6-4-1 line for a 12-15 A&M squad. Wow.

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