Derek Culver (West Virginia) and Mike Miles (TCU) picked up the season opening Big 12 men’s basketball weekly awards as Culver earned his first career player of the week while Miles collected newcomer of the week.
Culver was named MVP of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic after leading West Virginia to a 3-0 start. He collected a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds against VCU and scored 15 points in the championship win over Western Kentucky. The junior forward registered 14 rebounds and four blocked shots against South Dakota State. Culver averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the week while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.
Miles led TCU with 13 points, five assists and three steals in his collegiate debut in a season-opening win over Houston Baptist. It was the most points scored by a TCU freshman in his debut since 2016. Miles became the first TCU freshman to score in double-figures in back-to-back games to start a season since 2016, with 12 points against Tulsa. The rookie guard tied for the team-high with seven rebounds over Liberty to help the Frogs win the Hall of Fame Classic. Miles shot 48 percent from the field for the week.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Nov. 30 – Derek Culver, West Virginia, F, Jr.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Nov. 30 – Mike Miles, TCU, G, Fr.