Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Awards and Team Rankings Announced

Per Big 12 Release:

Kansas senior Hunter Dickinson is the first student-athlete to garner both Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Player and Newcomer of the Year to highlight the 2023-24 awards and team as voted on by the league's head coaches. Dickinson is the 11th Jayhawk to collect the player award and the fifth to earn newcomer. Ja'Kobe Walter picked up Baylor's third consecutive Preseason Freshman of the Year recognition.

Dickinson was joined on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by his teammate Dajuan Harris Jr., Houston's L.J. Cryer, TCU's Emanuel Miller and Texas' Max Abmas.

A fourth-year transfer from Michigan, Dickinson earned many national and conference honors with the Wolverines, including Consensus All-America Second Team in 2021. He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection with first team honors in 2022 and 2023. The 7-2 center averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds for his career and led Michigan in points and rebounds each of the last three seasons. Dickinson has compiled career statistics of 1,617 points, 787 rebounds and 149 blocked shots. The general studies major was named to the All-Big Ten Academic Team in 2022 and 2023.

Walter played his senior season of high school at Link Academy in Branson, Missouri, helping the team to a 24-1 record in 2022-23. He was a McDonald's All-America selection and ESPN's No. 17-rated player. Originally from McKinney, Texas, Walter led MHS to its first state championship game, where he scored a team-high 23 points against Duncanville. He averaged 23.3 points and 7.6 rebounds during his junior year and was 5-6A Offensive Player of the Year. Walter also earned a spot on the 2021-22 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Team and the 6A All-State Tournament Team.

The Big 12 Preseason Poll will be announced Friday.

Preseason Player of the Year: Hunter Dickinson, Kansas, C, 7-2, Sr., Alexandria, Va./Michigan
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Hunter Dickinson, Kansas, C, 7-2, Sr., Alexandria, Va./Michigan
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Ja'Kobe Walter, Baylor, F, 6-5, McKinney, Texas/Link Academy (Mo.)

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Name, School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/Previous School(s)
L.J. Cryer, Houston G 6-1 Sr. Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch/Baylor
Hunter Dickinson, Kansas C 7-2 Sr. Alexandria, Va./DeMatha Catholic/Michigan
Dejuan Harris Jr., Kansas G 6-2 Jr. Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge
Emanuel Miller, TCU F 6-7 Sr. Scarborough, Ontario/Prolific Prep/Texas A&M
Max Abmams, Texas G 6-0 Gr. Rockwall, Texas/Jesuit College Prep/Oral Roberts

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):
Jalen Bridges (Baylor), RayJ Dennis (Baylor), Ja'Kobe Walter (Baylor), Jamal Shead (Houston), Kevin McCullar Jr. (Kansas), Arthur Kaluma (Kansas State), Tylor Perry (Kansas State), Dylan Disu (Texas), Tyrese Hunter (Texas), Dillon Mitchell (Texas), Jesse Edwards (West Virginia).

Coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

A familiar name is at the top of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll as Kansas was chosen to win the 2023-24 regular season title in a vote of the Conference’s head coaches. In 28 seasons, KU has been picked outright or tied for first in 20 preseason ledgers and won or shared the regular season championship in 21 years. A coaches’ preseason poll was not conducted in the Big 12’s first season of 1996-97.

This season marks the first for the Conference to compete with 14 teams. The Jayhawks were the top pick on 12 ballots and totaled 168 points. New  Conference member Houston received the other two first-place votes and compiled 153 points. Texas (third), Baylor (fourth) and TCU (fifth) rounded out the top five. The remaining spots were Kansas State (sixth), Iowa State (seventh), Texas Tech (eighth), West Virginia (ninth), Oklahoma State (10th), Cincinnati (11th), Oklahoma (12th), BYU (13th) and UCF (14th).

The Big 12 placed seven of 10 teams in the 2023 NCAA Tournament and captured consecutive national championships in 2021 (Baylor) and 2022 (Kansas). Conference teams played in four consecutive Final Fours from 2018-2022, including three straight national championship games (2019, 2021, 2022).

Head coaches and student-athletes from each team will appear at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tipoff, presented by Old Trapper in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, October 18. Interviews with Kris Budden, Fran Fraschilla and Hannah Wing will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT. A feed of head coaches’ press conferences will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ from 9:10 - 10:50 a.m. CT and 1:30-3:25 p.m. CT. The regular season will start on Monday, November 6 with a full slate of non-conference games.

2023-24 Big 12 Preseason Poll

1. Kansas (12)   168
2. Houston (2) 153
3. Texas 143
4. Baylor 137
5. TCU 113
6. Kansas State 106
7. Iowa State 95
8. Texas Tech 80
9. West Virginia 70
10. Oklahoma State 57
11. Cincinnati 55
12. Oklahoma 54
13. BYU 29
14. UCF 14

   Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

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