AMES — Three Iowa State players were recognized Sunday as the Big 12 Conference announced its postseason basketball honors.
Senior Donovan Jackson and freshmen Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard earned three of the eight honorable-mention selections.
Wigginton also made the All-Newcomer team after one of the top rookie seasons in school history. He set an Iowa State freshman record with 12 games of 20 or more points while averaging 16.6 points per game. He also became the league’s eighth freshman ever to score more than 300 points in conference games and ranks sixth in the league in scoring and 11th in 3-point field percentage (.406).
Jackson has knocked down 93 3-pointers to date and is averaging 15.3 points per game. He has topped 20 points 10 times this season.
Lard set the Cyclones’ freshman record with 60 blocked shots and is averaging 12.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He’s also on track to break ISU’s rookie mark for shooting percentage with a 60.2 mark to date. Lard has eight double-doubles this season.
The all-Big 12 first team consists of Devonte’ Graham of Kansas, Dean Wade of Kansas State, Trae Young of Oklahoma, Keenan Evans of Texas Tech and Jevon Carter of West Virginia.
Graham was named Player of the Year, Carter is the Defensive Player of the Year, Malik Newman of Kansas is the Newcomer of the Year, Young is the Freshman of the Year, Terry Maston of Baylor is Sixth Man of the Year, and Bill Self of Kansas and Chris Beard of Texas Tech shared the Coach of the Year honor.
The Big 12 Conference tournament begins Wednesday. Iowa State faces Texas in an 8 p.m. first-round contest.