Byron Eaton (Oklahoma State) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) have been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Feb. 11 - 17 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is the first career player honor for Eaton, while Beasley captures a weekly award for the eighth time (two player, six rookie).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Byron Eaton, Oklahoma State, G, Jr., 5-11, 215, Dallas, Texas/Lincoln
Eaton averaged 21.0 points to lead Oklahoma State to victories over Baylor (93-83) and at Texas A&M (59-54). The junior matched his career-high with 25 points versus the Bears, while adding eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. He then helped the Cowboys stop their 16-game conference road losing streak with 17 points and five assists at A&M. He shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the floor in two games, including 4-of-5 (.800) from 3-point range. Eaton was 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line, including 14-of-16 versus BU. The 14 free throws made was the most by an OSU player since 1994. Eaton also became the Cowboys' all-time leader in steals last week and has now totaled 175 for his career. captures a weekly award for the eighth time (two player, six rookie)
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Michael Beasley, Kansas State, F, Fr., 6-10, 235, Washington, D.C./Notre Dame Prep [Mass.]
Beasley becomes the first player in Big 12 history to win any weekly award in four straight weeks after Kansas State split two games. The freshman forward posted 22 points and 15 rebounds as KSU dropped a 84-75 decision at Texas Tech. He followed that with 40 points and 17 boards in a 100-63 victory over Missouri. The point total was three points less than the Big 12 single-game record as he became the first player in school history to have two 40-point, 10-rebound performances in the same season. Beasley averaged 31.0 points and 16.0 rebounds in the two games, shooting 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from the field and 82.8 percent (24-of-29) from the free throw line. This rookie award marks his sixth of the season, tying the Big 12 record set by Kevin Durant a year ago.