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Missouri men's basketball players earn Big 12 Conference awards

Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 6:22 p.m. CST; updated 7:45 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Missouri's Marcus Denmon dribbles the ball against Kansas guard Brady Morningstar.

Three Missouri men's basketball players received All-Big 12 Conference awards on Sunday.

Junior guard Marcus Denmon earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team. Denmon leads Missouri in scoring this season with 16.8 points per game. 

Missouri junior forwards Ricardo Ratliffe and Laurence Bowers received All-Big 12 honorable mention selections as well as individual honors.

Ratliffe was named All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and received a spot on the conference's All-Rookie team. After transferring from Central Florida Community College, Ratliffe led the Tigers in rebounding this season with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Bowers earned a spot on the conference's All-Defensive Team. He lead Missouri in blocked shots this season with 60 blocks.

Some had listed Denmon in the Big 12 Player of the Year race, but that award went to Kansas junior Marcus Morris.

The complete list of All-Big 12 Honors:

Big 12 Player of the Year: Marcus Morris, Kansas junior forward

Big 12 Newcomer of the Year: Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri junior forward

Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Tristan Thompson, Texas freshman forward

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year: Dogus Balbay, Texas senior guard

Big 12 Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas

Big 12 Sixth Man Award: Quincy Acy, Baylor junior forward, and Levi Knutson, Colorado senior guard

All-Big 12 First Team:

  • Marcus Denmon, Missouri junior guard
  • LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor senior guard
  • Alec Burks, Colorado sophomore guard
  • Marcus Morris, Kansas junior forward
  • Jacob Pullen, Kansas State senior guard
  • Jordan Hamilton, Texas sophomore guard/forward

All-Big 12 Second Team:

  • Perry Jones III, Baylor freshman forward/center
  • Diante Garrett, Iowa State senior guard
  • Markieff Morris, Kansas junior forward
  • Tristan Thompson, Texas freshman forward
  • Khris Middleton, Texas A&M sophomore forward

All-Big 12 Third Team:

  • Cory Higgins, Colorado senior guard
  • Rodney McGruder, Kansas State sophomore guard
  • Lance Jeter, Nebraska senior guard
  • Marshall Moses, Oklahoma State senior forward
  • Gary Johnson, Texas senior forward
  • David Loubeau, Texas A&M junior forward

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention: Quincy Acy (Baylor), Scott Christopherson (Iowa State), Brady Morningstar (Kansas), Tyrel Reed (Kansas), Laurence Bowers (Missouri), Ricardo Ratliffe (Missouri), Cade Davis (Oklahoma), Andrew Fitzgerald (Oklahoma), Cory Joseph (Texas), B.J. Holmes (Texas A&M), John Roberson (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team:

  • Laurence Bowers, Missouri junior forward
  • Brady Morningstar, Kansas senior guard
  • Jacob Pullen, Kansas State senior guard
  • Dogus Balbay, Texas senior guard
  • Tristan Thompson, Texas freshman forward

Big 12 All-Rookie Team

  • Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri junior forward
  • Perry Jones III, Baylor freshman forward/center
  • Jean-Paul Olukemi, Oklahoma State sophomore forward
  • Corey Joseph, Texas freshman guard
  • Tristan Thompson, Texas freshman forward

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