March 4, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Five members of the University of Missouri men's basketball team were honored with 2012 All-Big 12 awards, announced by the league office on Sunday. Senior Marcus Denmon was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive season, Junior Michael Dixon was a unanimous selection as the Sixth Man of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team, senior Ricardo Ratliffe was named to the All-Big 12 second team and senior Kim English and sophomore Phil Pressey earned spots on the All-Big 12 third team.
Denmon joins Kareem Rush as the only Tigers named to the All-Big 12 first team twice. The senior leads the Tigers and ranks second in the Big 12 Conference in scoring at 18.0 ppg. The senior also ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (.888) and 3-point field goals made (2.94), third in steals (1.55), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.419) and pulls down an impressive 5.1 rpg. In his Mizzou career, Denmon has amassed 1,714 points, which ranks sixth all-time on the school scoring list. He also ranks first all-time at Mizzou in games played (137, tied with teammate Kim English), second in 3-point field goals (274) and 3-point field goals attempted (667), sixth all-time in steals (172), ninth in field goals made (574) and field goals attempted (1,255). Additionally, his 91 3-pointers made this season ranks fifth on MU's single-season list.
Dixon becomes the second Mizzou player to win Sixth Man of the Year honors, joining Matt Lawrence, who claimed the award in 2009. The junior is having the best season of his career despite coming off the bench in all 31 of Mizzou's games. Dixon ranks fourth on the team with 13.3 ppg., a number that ranks first nationally among sixth-men, to go along with 3.1 apg. and 1.2 spg. Additionally, Dixon is shooting 48.9 percent from the floor and a team high 89.5 percent from the foul line, while the latter ranks first in the Big 12. He has scored in double figures a career high 22 times this season, including the last 10 games.
Ratliffe earned a spot on the second team after one of the most efficient seasons in Missouri history. The senior averages 13.8 ppg. and 7.5 rpg. while shooting 70.8 percent from the floor. Ratliffe, who currently holds Mizzou's all-time field goal percentage record (.638) will also break the single-season field goal percentage mark if he keeps up his current pace. He ranks first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds (3.1), fourth in rebounds, seventh in defensive rebounds (4.35) and10th in scoring and blocks (1.0). On the season, Ratliffe has seven double-doubles, including four in his last eight games.
English, in the midst of his most complete season as a Tiger, was named to the third team for the second time in his career, as he also earned the honors as a sophomore in 2009-10. The senior ranks second on the squad with 14.1 ppg., while shooting a career high 50.0 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from the 3-point line, all while playing out of position all season. English ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in scoring, 3-pointers made (2.19) and steals (1.29). In his career, he ranks 13th all-time in scoring (1,499), first in games played (137), fourth in 3-point field goals attempted (586) and fifth in 3-point field goals made (229).
Pressey leads the Big 12 in both assists (6.2) and steals (2.1), while ranking second in assist-turnover ratio (2.45), to go along with averages of 9.6 ppg. and 3.3 rpg. The sophomore already holds Missouri's single-season assist record with his 191 this year and is only 24 assists away from entering Mizzou's career top-10 despite only two years in a Tiger uniform. Additionally, Pressey's 65 steals this season ranks as the fifth best single-season output in program history. He needs 11 more to tie the single-season record of 76, set by Lynn Hardy in 1986-87. Pressey also holds Mizzou the single-season record for most 10-assist games (six) and stands as the only Tiger to post at least seven assists in four straight games.
Missouri returns to action on Thursday at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City. The Tigers take on the winner of Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at 6 p.m. at Sprint Center. The game will be televised live on the Big 12 Network.
2012 All-Big 12 Awards
Player of the Year
Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Defensive Player of the Year
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Newcomer of the Year
Royce White, Iowa State**
Co-Freshmen of the Year
Quincy Miller, Baylor
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
Sixth Man Award
Michael Dixon, Missouri**
Co-Coaches of the Year
Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State
Bill Self, Kansas
All-Big 12 First Team
Royce White, Iowa State**; Thomas Robinson, Kansas**; Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas**; Marcus Denmon, Missouri; J'Covan Brown, Texas
All-Big 12 Second Team
Quincy Acy, Baylor; Pierre Jackson, Baylor; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri; Keiton Page, Oklahoma State
All-Big 12 Third Team
Perry Jones III, Baylor; Scott Christopherson, Iowa State; Jeff Withey, Kansas; Kim English, Missouri; Phil Pressey, Missouri
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Quincy Miller, Baylor; Chris Allen, Iowa State; Melvin Ejim, Iowa State; Jamar Samuels, Kansas State; Steven Pledger, Oklahoma; Romero Osby, Oklahoma; Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Myck Kabongo, Texas; Elston Turner, Texas A&M; David Loubeau, Texas A&M
Quincy Acy, Baylor**; Jeff Withey**, Kansas; Jordan Henriquez, Kansas State; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Michael Dixon, Missouri
Pierre Jackson, Baylor**; Quincy Miller, Baylor; Royce White, Iowa State **; Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Myck Kabongo, Texas
** Unanimous Selection