The Big 12 unveils the 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Pre-Season Awards

The Big 12 has announced its 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Preliminary Awards and its squad as voted by the league’s head coaches. Mike Miles Jr. is TCU’s first pick as the season’s Most Valuable Player. Grant Sherfield was named a newcomer before season seven in Oklahoma, and his first since 2012-13. Keyonte George is the second Baylor player in a row named Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Miles was joined by the Preseason All-Big 12 squad by Baylor Adam Flagler, Jalen Wilson of Kansas, Avery Anderson III of Oklahoma State, and the Texas duo of Timmy Allen and Marcus Carr. Flagler, Wilson, and Miles were unanimous choices. A tie in voting created an additional position. All six were selected to all 12 of the big teams last season, with Flagler, Miles and Allen being the second-team picks while Wilson, Anderson and Carr were the third-team picks.

While starting all 31 games he’s played, Miles was the only Big 12 player to finish the 2021-22 season in the top six in points (15.2) and assists (3.8), ranking him fifth and sixth, respectively. He led the TCU in scoring in 18 out of 31 games, scored in double digits in 16 games and scored 20 or more points eight times. The young guard was named to the 2022 All-Big 12 Championship Team, and is the first horned frog in 25 seasons to be named to an All-Big 12 Championship team. In addition to his All-Big 12 Second Team award, Miles has been named to the NABC All-District 8 Second Team and USBWA All-Region VII Team. He earned a gold medal while representing the USA at the 2021 FIBA ​​U19 World Cup, where he was playing under his college coach, Jimmy Dixon.

Sherfield has spent the past two seasons in Nevada where the USBWA All-District VIII Team was selected twice and reached 1,000 career points. Last season, he led the Wolfpack in points (19.1) and assists (6.39) while also pulling 4.2 rebounds per game. His 6.39 passes drove the Mountain West team and finished fourth nationally. The Ranger was assigned to the All-Mountain West First Team as a sophomore and the third to the team as a rookie.

George was a five-star guard outside the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and was the No. 3 player in the 2022 class by ESPN, making him the highest ranked player in Baylor program history. He is the fifth McDonald’s All-American for the Bears and averaged 17.8 points last season while shooting .410 from a 3-point range. George was named MVP in the 2021 3×3 U18 World Cup while playing in NBA. Last summer, he averaged 22.8 points to lead Baylor to a GLOBL JAM Championship match.

The Big 12 pre-season poll will be announced Thursday.

Player of the Year before the season
Mike Miles Jr., TCU, G, 6-2, Jr., Highland Hills, TX/Lancaster

Pre-season newcomer
Grant Sherfield, Oklahoma, J., 6-2, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas / Sunrise Christian Academy (Cannes)/

Preparatory year student before the start of the season
Keyonte George, Baylor, G, 6-4, Lewisville, Texas / IMG Academy

Preparing for the first season of the Big 12 team

name, school POS. Hut. Cl. Hometown / previous school(s)
Adam Flagler, Baylor* J 6-3 RSr. Duluth, J.A.; / Duluth
Galen Wilson, KS* F 6-8 RJr. Denton, TX / Gower
Avery Anderson III, Oklahoma State J 6-3 SR. Justin, TX/Northwest
Mike Miles Jr., University of California* J 6-2 Son. Highland Hills, TX / Lancaster
Timmy Allen, Texas F 6-6 SR. Mesa, Arizona / Red Mountain / Utah
Marcus Carr, Texas J 6-2 love. Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Monteverde Academy (Florida) / Pittsburgh / Minnesota

The tie led to an extra position in the team.

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):
LJ Cryer (Baylor), Keyonte George (Baylor), Kevin McCullar (Kansas), Tanner Groves (Oklahoma), Moussa Cisse (Oklahoma State), Emanuel Miller (TCU), Tyrese Hunter (Texas), Fardaws Aimaq (Texas Tech), Kevin O’Banor (Texas Tech).

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their student-athletes.

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