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Baylor Men's Basketball Guard Trio Collect All-Big 12 Accolades

March 5, 2023
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IRVING, Texas – Baylor’s Keyonte George, Adam Flagler and LJ Cryer picked up All-Big 12 Honors, led by George, who became BU's first conference Freshman of the Year since Quincy Miller in 2012, the league office announced Sunday.

The Big 12 awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Flagler was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, while Cryer made the Third Team. In addition to Freshman of the Year, George was named to the Second Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Newcomer Team.

A preseason All-Big 12 selection, Flagler tied for the conference lead in three-point field goals per game (2.6), while finishing second in assist-turnover ratio (2.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.411). The Jerry West Award Top-10 candidate also led the team in assists 21 times this season.

George, named the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, is sixth in the conference in scoring (16.0), fifth in three-point field goals made (2.4) and sixth in free throw percentage (.794). George holds the program record for most 20-point games by a freshman (12), and his 16.0 points per game are the sixth-most among all freshmen in NCAA Division I.

The Lewisville native is just 30 points away (479) from BU’s freshman scoring record of 509 points held by Aaron Bruce. George is the seventh player in BU history to be named conference Freshman of the Year, joining Miller and Southwest Conference Freshmen of the Year Brian Skinner, Jerode Banks, Willie Sublett, Michael Williams and Terry Teagle.

Cryer upped his scoring average for a third-straight season, finishing third on the Bears and ninth in the conference in scoring (14.6) during the regular season. The Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection also led the league in three-point field goal percentage (.421), and tied for the lead in three-point field goals per game (2.6). This season, the junior set single-game career highs in points (28), rebounds (5), assists (6) and minutes played (40).

No. 4 seed Baylor opens play at the 2023 Big 12 Championship with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 seed Iowa State at 11:30 a.m. CT on ESPN or ESPN2. The winner of that game will face the winner of Thursday's 2 p.m. quarterfinal between No. 1 seed Kansas and either No. 8 seed West Virginia or No. 9 seed Texas Tech. That semifinal game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, and the championship game is at 5 p.m. Saturday.



2022 ALL-BIG 12 AWARDS

Coach of the Year: Jerome Tang, Kansas State

Player of the Year: Jalen Wilson, Kansas*

Sixth Man Award: Sir’Jabari Rice, Texas

Most Improved Player: KJ Adams, Kansas

Defensive Player of the Year: Dajuan Harris Jr., Kansas

Newcomer of the Year: Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State*

Freshman of the Year: Keyonte George, Baylor


All-Big 12 First Team

Adam Flagler, Baylor*

Jalen Wilson, Kansas*

Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State

Markquis 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, 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 G

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

 

* - unanimous selections



LJ Cryer

  • All-Big 12 Third Team
  • Preseason All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)
  • Big 12 Player of the Week (11/21)
  • Big 12 Player of the Week (1/30)

 

Keyonte George

  • Big 12 Freshman of the Year
  • All-Big 12 Newcomer Team
  • All-Big 12 Freshman Team
  • All-Big 12 Second Team
  • Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (1/2)
  • Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week (12/5)
  • Naismith Award Midseason Team
  • Jerry West Award Top-10
  • Wooden Award Midseason Top-25
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
  • Preseason All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)
  • Preseason All-America Second Team (Sporting News)
  • Preseason All-America Third Team (CBS Sports)
  • Preseason All-America HM (The Almanac)
  • NABC Player of the Year Watch List
  • Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List

Adam Flagler

  • Unanimous First Team All-Big 12
  • Preseason All-Big 12 Team
  • Big 12 Player of the Week (11/14)
  • Big 12 Player of the Week (2/13)
  • Naismith Award Midseason Team
  • Jerry West Award Top-10
  • Wooden Award Midseason Top-25
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
  • Jerry West Award Watch List
  • Preseason All-America Third Team (CBS Sports)
  • Preseason All-America Third Team (The Almanac)
  • NABC Player of the Year Watch List
  • Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List

Scott Drew

  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023
  • John Wooden “Keys to Life”Award

 

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