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Friday, March 10, 2023

Four Cyclones recognized by Big 12 Basketball Coaches

IRVING, Texas – Four Iowa State Cyclones were named to various All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Teams Sunday by the league coaches.

Senior Gabe Kalscheur earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Senior Jaren Holmes was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, while also earning a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Senior Osun Osunniyi also earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Freshman Tamin Lipsey picked up a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.

Kalscheur is just the fourth Cyclone in school history to earn a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and the first since Jameel McKay in 2015. Kalscheur was second on the team with 12.7 points per game, while also averaging 1.5 steals per game. Defensively, Kalscheur was tasked with locking down the oppositions top scoring threat. The Cyclones held the opposing team below its season scoring average in 17 of 18 Big 12 games.

Holmes led the Cyclones with 13.2 points per game, while also dishing out the second-most assists on the team with 3.3 per game. A starter in all 30 games, the Cyclones went 17-4 when Holmes reached double figures, including a 4-0 record when he went for 20 or more points.

Osunniyi averaged 1.1 blocked shots per game, while also adding 8.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He went over 1,000 career rebounds during the season, becoming just the second active NCAA Division I player with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in their career.

Lipsey was one of three unanimous selections on the all-freshman team. He averaged 4.6 assists per game, the most among any freshman in America. A starter in all 30 games, Lipsey dished out five or more assists in a game 14 times this year, with the Cyclones going 10-4 in those games. Lipsey’s 137 assists this season are the fourth-most by a freshman in ISU history, while his 62 steals are the third-most among Cyclone freshmen.

The Cyclones return to action Thursday morning, as fifth-seeded Iowa State faces fourth-seeded Baylor in the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals. Tipoff is set for 11:30 a.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Player of the Year: Jalen Wilson, Kansas
Freshman of the Year: Keyonte George, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Year: Dajuan Harris, Kansas
Sixth Man Award: Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas
Most Improved Player: KJ Adams Jr., Kansas
Coach of the Year: Jerome Tang, Kansas State

All-Big 12 First Team
Adam Flagler, Baylor
Jalen Wilson, Kansas
Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State
Marquis Nowell, Kansas State
Marcus Carr, Texas

All-Big 12 Second Team
Keyonte George, Baylor
Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State
Gradey Dick, Kansas
Damion Baugh, TCU
Mike Miles Jr., TCU

All-Big 12 Third Team
LJ Cryer, Baylor
Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas
Kalib Boone, Oklahoma State
Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas
Erik Stevenson, West Virginia

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Jaren Holmes (Iowa State), Osun Osunniyi (Iowa State), KJ Adams Jr. (Kansas), Dajuan Harris Jr. (Kansas), Jalen Hill (Oklahoma), Grant Sherfield (Oklahoma), Emanuel Miller (TCU), Timmy Allen (Texas), De’Vion Harmon (Texas Tech), Kevin Obanor (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State
Dajuan Harris Jr., Kansas
Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas
Markquis Nowell, Kansas State
Moussa Cisse, Oklahoma State

Big 12 All-Newcomer Team
Keyonte George, Baylor
Jaren Holmes, Iowa State
Gradey Dick, Kansas
Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State
Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Keyonte George, Baylor
Tamin Lipsey, Iowa State
Gradey Dick, Kansas
Milos Uzan, Oklahoma
Pop Isaacs, Texas Tech

 

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