LAWRENCE, Kan. Just like the actual Big 12 race, the conference’s men’s basketball player of the year competition figures to be decided the last game or two of the season.
“I don’t think anybody has separated themselves,” Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday at his weekly news conference at Allen Fieldhouse. “Last year, Trae (Young, Oklahoma) and Devonte (Graham, KU) separated themselves from everybody else. You’ve got two first-team All-Americans. It was Trae and Devonte hands down and then everybody else.
“This year we’re not going to have that in our league. We’re not going to have multiple first-team All-Americans. This year the best player on the best team should probably win is how I feel about it.”