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Lual-Acuil Jr. Named Big 12 MBB Newcomer of the Week

Dec. 19, 2016

IRVING, Texas – Baylor junior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, as voted on by a panel of media members and announced Monday by the conference office.

Lual-Acuil joins Manu Lecomte to give the Bears two different Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honorees in the same season for the fifth time in league history. Combined with Player of the Week honors earned by Lecomte on Dec. 5 and Johnathan Motley on Nov. 28, Baylor players have now won four Big 12 weekly awards in the season’s first six weeks.

Lual-Acuil is the 21st different Baylor player to be recognized as the league’s Newcomer of the Week in the conference’s 21-year history. Those players have won the award a combined 31 times, with 25 of those coming in the last 13 years under Scott Drew. BU players won the award six times in the league’s first eight years.

Lual-Acuil helped the Bears to a 3-0 record during the week, averaging 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game. He shot .667 from the field, connecting on 16-of-24 field goal attempts to raise his season total to .618, which ranks second in the Big 12.

The Melbourne, Australia, native posted a career-high 17 points, six rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes of Saturday’s win vs. Jackson State. He followed that up with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes Sunday against John Brown, and earlier in the week he recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes vs. Southern.

Lual-Acuil’s current season average of 4.18 blocks per game ranks second nationally and is on pace to break Brian Skinner’s Baylor single-season record of 3.83 blocks per game.

Iowa State’s Nazareth Mitrou-Long was named Big 12 Player of the Week after scoring 37 points in a win over Drake.

The Bears return to action by hosting Texas Southern at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday at the Ferrell Center in their final non-conference game before opening Big 12 play at Oklahoma on Dec. 30. Baylor’s first Big 12 home game is Jan. 4 vs. Iowa State.

Baylor’s Feb. 18 home game against Kansas is sold out, but tickets for all other home games are available at www.BaylorBears.com/tickets or by calling the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at 254-710-1000. Follow @BaylorMBB on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates throughout the season.

2017 BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nov. 14 – Frank Mason, Kansas
Nov. 21 – Monte Morris, Iowa State
Nov. 28 – Johnathan Motley, Baylor
Dec. 5 – Manu Lecomte, Baylor; Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
Dec. 12 – Frank Mason, Kansas
Dec. 19 – Nazareth Mitrou-Long, Iowa State

2017 BIG 12 NEWCOMERS OF THE WEEK
Nov. 14 – Manu Lecomte, Baylor; Jaylen Fisher, TCU
Nov. 21 – Josh Jackson, Kansas
Nov. 28 – Josh Jackson, Kansas
Dec. 5 – Anthony Livingston, Texas Tech
Dec. 12 – Brandon Averette, Oklahoma State
Dec. 19 – Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Baylor

BAYLOR’S BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK HONOREES
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.
2014 – Kenny Chery (12/9), Jr.
2014 – Kenny Chery (2/17), Jr.
2015 – Lester Medford (12/8), Jr.
2015 – Johnathan Motley (12/29), RFr.
2017 – Manu Lecomte (11/14), Jr.
2017 – Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (12/19), Jr.

 

 

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