Irving, Texas – Three wins over top 15 teams led to Jaysean Paige (West Virginia) and Dean Wade (Kansas State) earning the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week awards. Paige is recognized for the second time in the past six weeks, while Wade garners his second newcomer honor of 2015-16.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jaysean Paige, West Virginia, G, 6-2, 210, Sr., Jamestown, N.Y./Perry County Central/Moberly Area CC
Paige led the Mountaineers to two victories last week over squads ranked in the top 15 nationally. The senior guard scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds in 23 minutes at No. 13 Iowa State, including a 3-pointer with under two minutes left to give WVU the lead for good. He followed that performance with 17 points in 20 minutes in a win over No. 15 Baylor. Paige shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, while making all six free throw attempts. For the week, he averaged 20.0 points in 21.5 minutes. He ranks fourth in the Big 12 for conference games with 17.6 points per contest.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Dean Wade, Kansas State, F, 6-10, 225, Fr., St. John, Kan./St. John
Wade helped K-State to a 1-1 record this week, including a victory over No. 1 Oklahoma. The freshman forward turned in his top effort versus the Sooners, finishing with 17 of the team’s 32 bench points in the victory. It marked the first time this year that he has come off the bench. The point total matched his career high as he connected on 7-of-11 (.636) shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. On the week, Wade averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 boards on 64.3 percent shooting from the field. He is averaging 6.0 rebounds, which ranks 12th in the conference and places him as the only freshman among the top 20 statistical leaders.
2015-16 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards
Date Player of the Week Newcomer of the Week
November 16 Rico Gathers, Baylor, F, Sr. Vladimir Brodziansky, TCU, F, So.
Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State, F, Jr.
November 23 Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr. Chris Olivier, Oklahoma State, F, Sr.
November 30 Monté Morris, Iowa State, G, Jr. Eric Davis Jr., Texas, G, Fr.
Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas, G, Jr.
December 7 Taurean Prince, Baylor, F, Sr. Dean Wade, Kansas State, F, Fr.
December 14 Jameel McKay, Iowa State, F, Sr. Eric Davis Jr., Texas, G, Fr.
Javan Felix, Texas, G, Sr.
December 21 Cameron Ridley, Texas, C, Sr. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
December 28 Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr. Deonte Burton, Iowa State, G, Jr.
January 4 Jaysean Paige, West Virginia, G, Sr. Deonte Burton, Iowa State, G, Jr.
January 11 Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr. Barry Brown, Kansas State, G, Fr.
January 18 Isaiah Taylor, Texas, G, Jr. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
January 25 Monté Morris, Iowa State, G, Jr. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
February 1 Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr. Kerwin Roach Jr., Texas, G, Fr.
February 8 Jaysean Paige, West Virginia, G, Sr. Dean Wade, Kansas State, F, Fr.
Courtesy Big 12 Conference and WVU Athletic Communication