The Naismith Trophy has narrowed down their list of potential recipients to 30, and five players from the Big 12 have found themselves on the list.
The five players moving on are Mo Bamba from Texas, Jevon Carter from West Virginia, Trae Young from Oklahoma, Keenan Evans from Texas Tech, and Devonte’ Graham from Kansas.
Of the five, three are seniors (Carter, Evans, and Graham) and the remaining two are just freshmen, and are likely to enter the NBA draft. The Big 12 is tied with the Big East for most players in the Top 30 with five.
Young leads the nation in points per game, and the others were selected for their contributions on the defensive side of the court as well as the offensive. Young also leads the nation in assists per game, and Oklahoma is second in the country in scoring offense, trailing Duke by .4 points per game.
All of the players selected represent teams in the top half of a rugged Big 12 Conference, except for Bamba. The Texas Longhorns sit in a tie for 7th with TCU, and Oklahoma is tied with Baylor for 5th.