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Ten Jayhawks Honored as part of Big 12 All-Conference Teams

Both the men and women were highly represented in the Coaches All-Big 12 Conference awards that were announced early this week.
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Fans of the Kansas Jayhawks are used to seeing the season end with a large list of KU men's players included in the postseason awards. This year is no exception, with six different players included on postseason teams.

What's new this year is the recognition of multiple individuals on the women's side. Four individuals were included in the postseason awards from the women's basketball team, including Coach Brandon Schneider being selected as the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The Kansas Jayhawks were picked to finish last in the conference this year. They finished the year with 11 wins in the Big 12 and 20 wins overall, both for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

In addition to Schneider, three players were recognized from the women's team.

Holly Kersgieter was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. She was the leading scorer for the Jayhawks at 13.6 points per game (9th in the Big 12) and was fourth in the conference in steals. This is her second straight season earning postseason honors, as she received honorable mention last year.

Zakiyah Franklin earned All Big 12 Honorable Mention a season after being named to the All Big 12 Freshman team. She ranked 8th in the Big 12 with 4.0 assists per game.

Taiyanna Jackson also earned All Big 12 Honorable Mention in her first season in Lawrence. Additionally, she is the first Kansas player to ever be named to the All Big 12 Defensive Team. Her 3.0 blocks per game this year place her second in the conference, and the total of 84 is the fourth highest ever in a single season for a Jayhawk. 

On the men's side, the honors were highlighted by Ochai Agbaji's unanimous selection as the Big 12 Player of the Year.

Agbaji finished the regular season at 19.8 points per game, which leads the Big 12 and is 25th nationally. His selection is the 17th time that a Kansas player has been selected as the conference player of the year.

In addition to Agbaji, 5 other players were recognized on various Big 12 teams.

Christian Braun was named to the second team, while Jalen Wilson and David McCormack were both named to the third team. Dajuan Harris was tabbed with an honorable mention, and KJ Adams was named to the All-Freshman team.