Sunday, December 10, 2017

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins named Big 12 Coach of the Year

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Morgantown- West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year on Sunday and senior guard Juwan Staten was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second straight year.

Huggins won a league’s coach of the year award for the 11th time in his illustrious 33-year coaching career. It is the first time he has won the honor in the Big 12.

Huggins becomes the first West Virginia men’s basketball coach in 33 years to be honored as coach of the year.

West Virginia finished the 2014-15 season with a 23-8 regular-season record and they finished tied for fourth in the Big 12 with Baylor (11-7).  The league is rated the No.1 RPI league in Division I basketball.

The Mountaineers won 20 games for the first time in four seasons and will be making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012.

While others may be surprised in West Virginia’s season, the 61-year-old coach is not surprised in his team’s success.

“I really honestly thought we could win it (Big 12 title),” Huggins said after Saturday’s win over Oklahoma State. “I thought playing the way we were going to play, we could win. People want to be like are you surprised? I am really not surprised.”

Staten is averaging a team-best 14.5 points and 4.6 assists per game. He averages 13.1 points in Big 12 action.

The Dayton native also earned first team all-conference honors last year as a junior.

Freshman Jevon Carter was named to the all-Big 12 defensive team and forward Devin Williams was an all-conference honorable mention selection.

 

2014-15 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards:

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jameel McKay, Iowa State

 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Myles Turner, Texas

 

SIXTH MAN AWARD

Taurean Prince, Baylor

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bob Huggins, West Virginia

 

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Rico Gathers, Baylor

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Perry Ellis, Kansas

Buddy, Hield Oklahoma

Juwan Staten, West Virginia

 

ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

Kenny Cherry, Baylor

Taurean Prince, Baylor

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Frank Mason III, Kansas

Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

 

ALL-BIG 12 THIRD TEAM

Jameel McKay, Iowa State

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

Phil Forte, Oklahoma State

Isaiah Taylor, Texas

Myles Turner, Texas

 

ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTIONS (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY BY SCHOOL)

Dustin Hogue (Iowa State), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Wayne Selden (Kansas), Marcus Foster (Kansas State), Thomas Gipson (Kansas State), Nino Williams (Kansas State), Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma), Ryan Spangler (Oklahoma), Kyan Anderson (TCU), Jonathan Holmes (Texas), Devin Williams (West Virginia)

 

BIG 12 ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Rico Gathers, Baylor

Jameel McKay, Iowa State

Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State

Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State

Myles Turner, Texas

Jevon Carter, West Virginia

 

BIG 12 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

Jameel McKay, Iowa State

Kelly Oubre, Kansas

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State

Myles Turner, Texas

 

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