All Big 12 Jersey Team

Jersey numbers identify athletes to the point that schools retire them in order to honor the player. And when refs whistle players for fouls, their jersey number is what they report to the scorer's table.

They are also good for debate. Ask any NBA fan who the best #23 is and you will have a majority in the Jordan camp, but LeBron is now in the conversation.

With that said, I decided to form an All Big 12 Jersey team made up of 2009-10 conference players. Rules were simple; the best player wearing each of the 36 approved numbers would get on the team.

Some were downright impossible to choose, like having to decide between Cole Aldrich of Kansas or Baylor' Tweety Carter to wear the 45 jersey.

Some were difficult, such as #11 which Colorado's Cory Higgins and Oklahoma's Tommy Mason-Griffin both deserved recognition.

Some were no brainers, as in Oklahoma State's James Anderson's #23.

Some were humorous, where I had to decide on the #25 representative between 6 guys, who COMBINED logged a grand total of 46 minutes on the season (Missouri's Jarrett Sutton got the nod after registering 31 of those 46 minutes).

Some were tricky, like having to decide between a player who hasn't seen floor time all season (Jaye Crockett #30 on Texas Tech) or a decently good player, who suffered a season ending injury in the 3rd games this year (Toney McCray #30 on Nebraska).

Some guys got lucky and were the only conference guys who wore certain numbers (like Kansas' Jordan Juenemann, Texas' Clint Chapman and Colorado's Trey Eckloff).

There were also 5 jersey numbers not worn by current Big 12ers: 42, 43, 51, 52, 54.

All told 11 of the 12 schools were represented. The lone school not to get a guy on the team, Oklahoma, did have two guys finish second in balloting (#13 Willie Warren and #11 Tommy Mason-Griffin), but neither could crack the starting line-up.

So without further ado, after The Jump, I present the All Big 12 Jersey Team.

 

NO. PLAYER SCHOOL

0

Jacob Pullen 

Kansas St

1

Xavier Henry 

Kansas

2

Obi Muonelo 

Oklahoma St

3

Marquis Gilstrap 

Iowa St

4

Sherron Collins 

Kansas

5

Damion James 

Texas

10

Alec Burks 

Colorado

11

Cory Higgins 

Colorado

12

Keiton Page 

Oklahoma St

13

Ekpe Udoh 

Baylor

14

J`Covan Brown 

Texas

15

Donald Sloan 

Texas A&M

20

Theron Jenkins 

Texas Tech

21

Craig Brackins 

Iowa St

22

Marcus Morris 

Kansas

23

James Anderson 

Oklahoma St

24

LaceDarius Dunn 

Baylor

25

Jarrett Sutton 

Missouri

30

Toney McCray 

Nebraska

31

Matt Pilgrim 

Oklahoma St

32

Mike Singletary 

Texas Tech

33

Marshall Moses 

Oklahoma St

34

Dexter Pittman 

Texas

35

Keegan Hornbuckle 

Colorado

40

Jordan Juenemann 

Kansas

41

Anthony Jones 

Baylor

42

NONE

43

NONE

44

Ryan Anderson 

Nebraska

45

Cole Aldrich  

Kansas

50

Josh Lomers 

Baylor

51

NONE

52

NONE

53

Clint Chapman 

Texas

54

NONE

55

Trey Eckloff 

Colorado

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