Big 12 Weekly Award Winners
IRVING, TEXAS - Freshmen Kevin Durant (Texas) and Wesley Johsnon (Iowa State) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Jan. 1 - 7 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Durant wins his fifth weekly Big 12 honor this year, while Johnson is recognized for the second time.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian School
Durant’s week was highlighted by a Big 12 freshman record 37 points as the Longhorns picked up two victories. The first-year standout averaged 29.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games. He started with a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds, to go along with four assists and four blocks in an 84-52 win over UT-Arlington. He followed by setting the freshman scoring mark against Colorado in a 102-78 tally. In that game, he also grabbed 16 boards and had two assists and one block. Durant is the fourth freshman in Big 12 history to win player honors, including the second this season (Wesley Johnson, ISU).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Wesley Johnson, Iowa State, F, Fr., 6-7, 190, Corsicana, Texas/Corsicana/Patterson School (N.C.)
Johnson scored the final four points of the game in an 11-second span, including a putback with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Cyclones a 66-65 win at Missouri. The freshman forward had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, helping ISU overcome a 16-point second half deficit. Johnson tallied eight of Iowa State’s final 13 points in the last four and a half minutes of the contest and connected on 5-of-8 shots after halftime. Overall, he was 5-of-11 (.455) from the field, grabbing 13 rebounds with two steals. He is averaging 10.6 rebounds over his last eight games.