KU basketball’s Devonte’ Graham named Big 12 preseason player of the year

Malik Newman selected as conference’s preseason newcomer of the year

Kansas senior guard Devonte’ Graham was named the Big 12’s preseason men’s basketball player of the year Thursday. (File photograph/The Associated Press)

Devonte’ Graham headlines a trio of Kansas men’s basketball players recognized Thursday on preseason All-Big 12 teams.

 

Graham, the senior guard, was named the preseason player of the year, while sophomore guard Malik Newman was tabbed preseason newcomer of the year. Both join senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk as members of all-conference teams, with Graham earning a first-team nod and Newman and Mykhailiuk slotted as honorable mentions.

The Jayhawks will seek their record-breaking 14th consecutive regular season conference championship in 2017-18.

“This is a great honor to be recognized by the coaches, especially with all the great players in the Big 12,” Graham said in a news release. “It is also good to see Malik and Svi selected by the coaches. This is a team sport and we are working hard on getting ready for the season.”

Graham, who averaged 13.4 points and 4.1 assists as a junior, will replace national player of the year Frank Mason at the guard position this season. He is the Jayhawks’ eighth preseason player of the year in the Big 12’s 21-year history and the first since Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich shared the distiction in 2009-10.

Other first-team selections include Jeffrey Carroll (Oklahoma State), Vladimir Brodziansky (TCU), Zach Smith (Texas Tech) and Jevon Carter (West Virginia). Graham, Carroll and Carter were unanimous selections by the league coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Texas’ Mohamed Bamba rounded out individual honorees, earning preseason freshman of the year recognition.

2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Honors Preseason

Player of the Year — Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

Preseason Newcomer of the Year — Malik Newman, Kansas

Preseason Freshman of the Year — Mohamed Bamba, Texas

Preseason All-Big 12 Team (^Denotes unanimous selections)

Devonte’ Graham, Kansas^

Jeffrey Carroll, Oklahoma State^

Vladimir Brodziansky, TCU

Zach Smith, Texas Tech

Jevon Carter, West Virginia^

Honorable Mention

Manu Lecomte (Baylor), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (Baylor), Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas), Malik Newman (Kansas), Kameron McGusty (Oklahoma), Trae Young (Oklahoma), Kenrich Williams (TCU), Mohamed Bamba (Texas), Keenan Evans (Texas Tech)

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