Big 12 honors two MU players

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:21 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Thomas Gardner was chosen by league coaches for the All-Big 12 Third Team announced Wednesday, and Jimmy McKinney was a Big 12 Honorable Mention player.

Gardner has been a bright spot throughout a down year for Missouri (12-15, 5-11), finishing second in the conference in scoring with a 19.9 points-per-game average. The team’s woes and a 1-to-2 assist to turnover ratio likely knocked him from first- or second-team consideration. McKinney averages 12.5 points overall, but his 13.8 points per game in conference play is the highest of any league senior.

Texas’ P.J. Tucker was named conference Player of the Year. He averages 16.1 points and his 9.0 rebounds per game leads the Big 12. He’s joined on the first team by teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, Kansas’ Brandon Rush, Texas Tech’s Jarrius Jackson (league scoring leader at 20.3 points per game) and Colorado’s Richard Roby.

Bill Self was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for his job leading the Jayhawks to a share of the regular season conference championship with a team made up primarily of freshmen and sophomores.

Gardner was also named to the Big 12 All-Improved team.

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