The Big 12 released its preseason all-conference team, and for the first time in Big 12 history, four of the five members from last season’s All-Big 12 team return.
Last year’s Big 12 player of the year, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, headlines the list, along with Baylor’s Rico Gathers, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, and Kansas’s Perry Ellis. The lone member of the team that wasn’t a first teamer last season is Isaiah Taylor of Texas. Niang, Ellis and Hield were unanimous selections.
This was one of the easier preseason all-league teams to predict given the amount of returning talent. Taylor’s choice is the one that will cause the most consternation, as he was surprisingly named over Iowa State’s Monte Morris. Morris led the league in assists by a landslide last season, and will be the lead guard under a coach whose point guards have typically been the focal point of the offense. This isn’t an indefensible decision by any stretch — Taylor’s really good in his own right — but it’s a bit of a surprise.
Other players named as honorable mentions were Iowa State’s Morris and Jameel McKay, Baylor’s Taurean Prince, Kansas’ Frank Mason, Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte, and West Virgina’s Devin Williams.