Evans named All-American; accolades roll in for Cowboy trio
Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans earned his first career All-America nod, and for a second straight day the Cowboy trio of Evans, Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte III earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, this time by the Associated Press.
Evans earned Sporting News All-America status on Monday, garnering a spot on the publication’s third team. The sophomore becomes the 21st player in program history to be named an All-American, and the first since Marcus Smart in 2013-14.
Just like the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 honors that were handed out on Sunday, the AP named Evans to the All-Big 12 First Team, Carroll to the second-team and Forte honorable mention.
Evans finished the regular season with the Big 12 lead in assists per game at 6.3 per contest. He also ranks second in scoring (18.7 ppg) and fourth in steals (1.9 spg). The sophomore is one of four power conference players to average at least 16 points and six assists per game in conference play, and KenPom ranks him sixth in their national player of the year standings.
Carroll is regarded as one of the nation's most improved players, and joins Baylor's Jonathan Motley as the only Big 12 players averaging at least 17 points and six rebounds per game this year. The Big 12's fourth leading scorer at 17.3 per game, Carroll has the highest field goal percentage of any guard in the conference (53.8 percent) and his 3-point percentage of 43.8 ranks third in the league.
The redshirt-junior has 14 20-point performances in 2016-17, including Saturday's career-high 27-point outing against Kansas.
Forte is the Oklahoma State career 3-point king with 326 makes to his credit, which is just six behind Clarence Gilbert (Missouri, 1998-02) for fifth in Big 12 history. His 1,722 career points rank sixth in school history, and his 133 games in a Cowboy uniform have been topped by just five players.
The senior has 24 career 20-point performances, and his career free-throw percentage of 88.2 ranks second in OSU history. This season, Forte leads the nation with a clip of 95.2 percent from the stripe.
The Cowboys open play at the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship against No. 23/24 Iowa State in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
FIRST TEAM (u indicates a unanimous selection)
u-Frank Mason III, Kansas, Sr., 5-11, 190, Petersburg, Virginia.
u-Johnathan Motley, Baylor, Jr., 6-10, 230, Houston.
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, So., 6-1, 185, Dallas.
Josh Jackson, Kansas, Fr., 6-8, 207, Detroit.
Monte Morris, Iowa State, Sr., 6-3, 175, Flint, Michigan.
Jarrett Allen, Texas, Fr., 6-11, 235, Round Rock, Texas.
Deonte Burton, Iowa State, Sr., 6-4, 250, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Carroll, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-6, 215, Rowlett, Texas.
Jevon Carter, West Virginia, Jr., 6-2, 200, Maywood, Illinois.
Devonte' Graham, Kansas, Jr., 6-2, 185, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nathan Adrian, West Virginia; Vladimir Brodziansky, TCU; Keenan Evans, Texas Tech; Phil Forte III, Oklahoma State; Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State; Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Baylor; Manu Lecomte, Baylor; Landen Lucas, Kansas; Naz Mitrou-Long, Iowa State; Zach Smith, Texas Tech.
Coach of the year — Bill Self, Kansas.
Player of the year — Frank Mason III, Kansas.
Newcomer of the year — Josh Jackson, Kansas.
AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel:Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Eric Bailey, Tulsa World; Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Mark Cooper, Tulsa World; Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman; Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Justin Jackson, The Dominion Post; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Kevin Lyttle, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810; Krista Pirtle, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald.