Paulding, Johnson receive Big 12 honors

Thursday, March 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Missouri seniors Arthur Johnson and Rickey Paulding received another personal accolade; this time it came from their peers.

The coaches of the Big 12 Conference named Johnson and Paulding to the All-Big 12 second team. Senior forward Travon Bryant received honorable mention honors.

The announcement came after The Associated Press named Johnson and Paulding to its All-Big 12 second team.

Johnson earns honors after averaging 15.7 points

Johnson, who holds school records for rebounding (1,064) and blocked shots (244), made the second team as a junior. Johnson has averaged 15.7 points this season and scored a career-high 37 points in the Tigers’ 84-82 loss to Kansas on Sunday.

Paulding, who was a third-team selection last season, has scored in double figures in 21 of 27 games. Paulding also earned Big 12 Player of the Week on March 1.

Kansas guard Keith Langford, Colorado guard Michel Morandais and Texas forward Brandon Mouton joined the Tigers’ seniors on the second team.

Bryant has had the most productive season of his career, averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He has also blocked a career-high 43 shots.

In addition, junior guard Jason Conley received votes for Newcomer of the Year, and freshman forward Linas Kleiza received votes for Freshman of the Year.

Tony Allen and John Lucas of Oklahoma State, Wayne Simien of Kansas, Andre Emmett of Texas Tech and David Harrison of Colorado made the first team.

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