Dec. 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball freshman Isaiah Austin was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday. Austin earned his second career Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor for his performance in last week’s game against Lamar.
Austin had 23 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in Baylor’s win against Lamar on Wednesday. He connected on 11 of 19 shots from the field and had his second career double-double with three minutes still remaining in the first half.
Austin’s 23-point, 17-rebound performance was the fourth time in program history a Baylor player has reached those numbers and the first time since Terry Black had 32 points and 17 rebounds on Nov. 27, 1999. Black also had 25 points and 18 rebounds on Nov. 20, 1999, and Brian Skinner had 24 points and 18 rebounds on Dec. 3, 1997.
Austin joined former All-Americans Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) as the only freshmen in Big 12 history to post at least 23 points and 17 rebounds in a game.
With his performance, Austin jumped to second in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.4 per game), fifth in field goal percentage (52.7) and seventh in scoring (14.1 points per game). He leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding and field goal percentage and ranks second among freshmen in scoring.
Austin’s selection gives Baylor 12 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honorees since the start of the 2009-10 season – the Bears had 13 Rookie of the Week winners in the league’s first 13 years. Baylor has had a two-time Rookie of the Week winner in each of the last four seasons, with Austin following Ekpe Udoh (2010), Perry Jones III (2011) and Pierre Jackson (2012).
Baylor returns to action with a pair of home games this week. The Bears host USC Upstate at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ferrell Center, in a game that will be televised nationally on FCS Central and regionally on FOX Sports Southwest and FSN Plus. Baylor then takes on BYU at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ferrell Center, and that game will be televised on ESPN2.
BAYLOR’S BIG 12 ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
1997 Leon Morris (12/30), Fr.
2000 Terry Black (11/30), Jr.
2001 Chad Elsey (12/18), Jr.
2002 Lawrence Roberts (11/26), Fr.
2002 John Lucas III (12/10), Fr.
2002 John Lucas III (1/7), Fr.
2005 Aaron Bruce (12/27), Fr.
2005 Tim Bush (1/3), Jr.
2006 Curtis Jerrells (2/13), Fr.
2007 Tweety Carter (12/18), Fr.
2008 LaceDarius Dunn (11/26), Fr.
2008 LaceDarius Dunn (3/10), Fr.
2009 Quincy Acy (11/24), Fr.
2010 Ekpe Udoh (11/30), Jr.
2010 Ekpe Udoh (1/4), Jr.
2010 Ekpe Udoh (2/15), Jr.
2011 Perry Jones III (11/22), Fr.
2011 Perry Jones III (1/17), Fr.
2011 Perry Jones III (2/28), Fr.
2012 Brady Heslip (12/26), So.
2012 Pierre Jackson (1/16), Jr.
2012 Pierre Jackson (2/4), Jr.
2012 Pierre Jackson (3/4), Jr.
2013 Isaiah Austin (11/12), Fr.
2013 Isaiah Austin (12/17), Fr.