IRVING, Texas - Junior A.J. Abrams (Texas) and freshman LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor) have been chosen as the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for the 2007-08 season, in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Abrams wins player honors for the second time in his career, while Dunn’s rookie award marks the second consecutive week a Baylor player has won a Big 12 weekly award.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
A.J. Abrams, Texas, G, Jr., 5-11, 155, Round Rock, Texas/McNeil
Abrams averaged 26.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2. 5 assists to lead the Longhorns to two victories and the championship of the StubHub! Legends Classic. The junior guard had a career-high 31 points to start the weekend in a 102-87 win over New Mexico State. He followed the effort with 21 points and a career-high tying six rebounds in a 97-78 tally over No. 7 Tennessee. For the week, he connected on 19-of-30 (.633) field goals, including 12-of-20 (.600) from 3-point range. Abrams has made a 3-pointer in 43 consecutive games and was also named to the Legends Classic All-Tournament Team.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G, Fr., 6-4, 205, Monroe, La./Excelsior Christian School
Dunn wins rookie honors after helping Baylor improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2001-02 with wins over Wintrhop (62-54) and Centenary (85-62). The freshman guard set career-highs for points with 17 in each game, shooting a combined 13-of-20 (.600) from the floor. He also shot 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from beyond the arc. Dunn averaged 5.5 rebounds, posting his numbers in just 23.0 minutes per game off the bench. He is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) despite not having recorded a start this season.