March 9, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor's Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin picked up 2014 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 honors on Sunday. Jefferson was named to the league's third team, while Austin was an honorable mention selection and earned a spot on the All-Defensive team.
The official All-Big 12 awards are chosen by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. Baylor has now had at least one player named to one of the three coaches' All-Big 12 teams in each of the last seven seasons, racking up 13 total honors in that span. Prior to the last seven years, BU had four players named to one of the three coaches' All-Big 12 teams over the league's first 11 years.
Both Baylor players were both honored for the second consecutive seasons. Jefferson was a 2013 honorable mention selection, while Austin was named to the 2013 third team as a freshman. Austin was also on the All-Rookie team a season ago.
A fifth-year senior from Killeen, Texas, Jefferson leads the Bears with 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game this season. He has started 68 consecutive games, his 11 double-doubles on the year lead the Big 12, and he's seventh in Baylor history with 22 career double-doubles.
Jefferson also ranks third in Baylor history with 161 career blocks, fifth with 1.31 career blocks per game, ninth with a .551 career field goal percentage, fourth with 90 career wins and second with 37 career wins in Big 12 play. In his four years playing for the Bears, Jefferson's teams have racked up 102 victories, more than any player in program history, and his .732 career winning percentage is best-ever at Baylor. Jefferson became the 28th 1,000 point scorer in Baylor history this season, and he's currently 23rd on the all-time scoring list with 1,055 career points.
Austin is averaging 10.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and a Big 12-best 3.1 blocks per game in 2013-14. His 96 blocks on the season are fourth-most in program history, and his 57 blocks in Big 12 play tied Ekpe Udoh for the second-most ever by any Big 12 player in league action.
Austin is the third player in BU history to be named to the coaches' All-Defensive team, joining Udoh and Quincy Acy. His 96 blocks this season are the most-ever by a Baylor sophomore, and his 30 games started are tied for fifth-most by a sophomore at BU. Austin's 154 career blocks rank fourth in program history, and he trails Jefferson by just seven blocks for third place.
Both players were a key part of the Bears' 7-1 late-season run that pushed them to a 9-9 Big 12 record after starting conference play with losses in eight of their first 10 games. The Bears have 21 wins on the year, posting the sixth 20-win season in the last seven years after BU had only three 20-win seasons in its first 101 seasons of basketball.
No. 7 seed Baylor takes on No. 10 TCU at 8:30 p.m. CT Wednesday first round action at the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The game will be televised on Big 12 Network from Kansas City's Sprint Center.
2014 BIG 12 POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Big 12, honorable mention (coaches)
Big 12 All-Defensive team (coaches)
All-Big 12, third team (coaches)