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Big 12 Player of the Year:

Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Thomas RobinsonThomas RobinsonAbsolutely dominated college basketball this season. His 18.0 and 11.9 rebounds per game brought Kansas yet another Big 12 regular season crown, and have him in the running for 2012 National Player of the Year.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year:

Jeff Withey, Kansas

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Jeff Withey, Kansas

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Michael Dixon, Missouri

Michael DixonMichael DixonThe Missouri Tiger's sixth man didn't start the game on the floor for Mizzou on Monday against Texas, but he was definitely there for the finish. His lay-up with 31 seconds left propelled his team to a 67-66 victory over the Longhorns, pushing the Tigers to 20 wins on the season. The 6'1" junior finished the game with 21 points while shooting 9-10 from the field, including 2-2 from three-point range. He also handed out four assists for his team. On the season, he is now averaging a hair over 12 points per game, and almost three assists.

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Royce White, Iowa State

The junior star is continuing his very strong play for the Cyclones, while carrying them toward the top of the Big 12 standings along the way. On Tuesday against the Kansas State Wildcats, the 6'8" power forward proved too much to handle for K-State. In the 72-70 win, he hit the game winning jump shot with 1.8 seconds left. He scored 22 points on 10-17 shooting from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out four assists, had three blocks, and grabbed two steals. He is an all-around threat for his team, and has dominated everyone he has faced this season.

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LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State

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Rodney McGruderRodney McGruderRodney McGruder, Kansas State

The Washington D.C. native is starting to play up to his ability, and that's a great sign for anyone who follows Wildcat basketball. The 6'4" shooting guard scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out four assists in a surprising 82-73 loss to Oklahoma. He followed that steady performance with a huge outing against Texas. In an 84-80 win over the Longhorns, he dropped 33 points while shooting 65% from the field and 67% from behind the 3-point line. In addition, he also snatched eight rebounds and dished out two assists. This week has been a good sign of things to come for Kansas State.

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Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

The overwhelmingly inconsistent Tyshawn Taylor now put together a string of very good games for now Big 12 leading Kansas. While his turnover problems continue, he is negating them with his stellar performances of late. In a win over Iowa State, he pounded the Cyclones with 28 points, six assists, and four steals. Then, in an early conference showdown with the Baylor Bears, he was the unsung star of the game. In the 92-74 blowout, he again dropped 28 points. He also handed out six assists and grabbed two rebounds. In that game, he shot an amazing 71% from the field and 67% from behind the 3-point line.

Honorable Mention

Royce White, Iowa State - This week, posted averages of 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block per game.

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Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies came into the season with high expectations, hovering around preseason Top 25 rankings. They were returning future NBA draft selection Khris Middleton, as well as David Loubeau and Ray Turner. However, since conference play began, things have started to fall apart for A&M. It seems that none of their star players are playing as well as they should be, except for the Washington transfer Elston Turner. As it stands right now, they are an underwhelming 10-7 on the season. Even worse, they are 1-4 in conference play, good for ninth place in the Big 12. If they want to turn the season around, Khris Middleton and David Loubeau need to step their games up.

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Thomas RobinsonThomas RobinsonThomas Robinson, Kansas

The junior is continuing his dominating season. It's safe to say that nobody in America can stop the man-child. This week, he had another set of dominating contests against Big 12 opponents. In an 11 point victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, the 6'9" power forward scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jayhawks. Against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday, he erupted for 19 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 8-11 for a blistering 72% from the field. As it stands, he is the leading candidate for the James Naismith National Player of the Year award. He is averaging 17.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

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Pierre Jackson, Baylor - The Baylor Bears are rolling through their schedule. They aren't winning pretty, but they are winning, and that's all that matters. One of the main reasons for their undefeated season so far is 2011 Junior College All-American Pierre Jackson. The 5'10" point guard doesn't start for the Bears, that distinction goes to A.J. Walton, but he is always in the game when it matters. He has incredible athleticism for a point guard, reminding some of NBA player Nate Robinson. Last Saturday, in a win over Texas Tech, he filled the stat sheet with a line of 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Then, in a showdown with Kansas State, he helped the Bears stay undefeated by compiling 10 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, and two steals. The Las Vegas native is having a sensational junior season.

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Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Thomas RobinsonThomas RobinsonThe monster season continues for the dominant power forward. The junior is without a doubt the leading candidate for National Player of the Year honors. His ability to dominate games is impressive. He is a player who uses his physical strength and tremendous motor to impose his will on the opposition. In his past two games, he has accumulated a mind-boggling 45 points and 34 rebounds! He also leads the Big 12 in double-doubles with 10. His best game this past week was in an 84-58 romp over North Dakota. He scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds while shooting 10-14 from the field for a blistering 71%. Maybe ever more impressive was his marksmanship from the line, knocking down nine of his 12 shots. He even dished out four assists.

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Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

The junior swingman is the type of player who "quietly" fills the stat sheet. The 6'4" guard/forward is very adept at slashing to the basket, as well as rebounding the basketball and being a force on the defensive side of the floor getting steals or deflections. In an 82-46 blowout of Howard, he scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had five steals. He is showing improvement on his jump shot as well, nailing 4-4 from behind the three-point line. In a 67-49 loss to rival Kansas this week, he scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had another three steals. However, his jump shot wasn't falling at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. If it had been, you could see what type of monster game performance he is capable of having. He is an extremely skilled player who, when clicking on all cylinders, can carry his Wildcat team to victories.

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Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

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Jeff Withey, Kansas

Jeff WitheyJeff WitheyLost amid all the praise being thrown at Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson, is the 7'0 center. In an important 88-80 win over a tough and talented Long Beach State team, the senior recorded a monster stat-line, registering 13 points, 13 rebounds, and an incredible nine blocked shots. He has been playing a bit inconsistent this season, but when he plays well, the Jayhawks are a dangerous team capable of beating just about anyone. On the season, he is now averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. The former McDonald's All-American is putting together a very solid season season so far, and has the opportunity to be a game-changer for Kansas as the season goes on.

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Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech

In what is shaping up to be a tough season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, they have found a bright spot in the freshman forward. In a 75-69 loss to TCU this week, he erupted for a career high 27 points and 5 rebounds on 12-16 shooting from the floor. On the season, he is averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Red Raiders desperately need a go-to-scorer, and Jordan Tolbert looks like he is going to be that guy.

Honorable Mention

[Player: Phil "Flip" Pressey], Missouri - In a hard fought 81-71 win over Villanova, he led Mizzou's charge with eight points, 12 assists, and 3 steals, while shooting 6-6 from the free-throw line.
Sheldon McCellan, Texas - 23 points and six rebounds in a Longhorn win over UT-Arlington. He shot 8-11 from the field, 4-6 from 3-point land, and 3-5 from the foul-line.

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Kim English, Missouri

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