James Anderson (Oklahoma State) and Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State) have been selected as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Jan. 18 - 25 in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. Anderson captures player honors for the third time in his career after winning twice last season, while Gilstrap is picked for a league-best fifth time in 2009-10.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, Jr., 6-6, 205, Junction City, Ark./Junction City
Anderson averaged 28.0 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Cowboys picked up victories over Colorado (90-78) and at Kansas State (73-69). The junior forward began the week with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists versus the Buffaloes. Against the No. 9 Wildcats, he scored 30 points, adding three rebounds and three assists. It was his second 30-point game of the year, as he became the only Big 12 player to score 30 or better in a game more than once in 2009-10. Anderson shot 50 percent (16-of-32) over the two contests while connecting on 21-of-24 (.875) from the free throw line. He has a Big 12-best 13 games with 20 points or more this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr., 6-7, 215, Covington, Ga./East Side/Gulf Coast CC [Fla.]
Gilstrap has won or shared rookie accolades three times in the last four weeks. He averaged 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in two contests last week, with double-doubles in both outings. In a 78-71 loss at Texas Tech, the senior forward had 19 points and 12 rebounds. He followed that performance with 18 points and 12 boards as the Cyclones dropped an 84-61 decision to No. 3 Kansas. He shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) in two games, including 5-of-9 (.556) from 3-point range. He is the first Big 12 player since Kevin Durant (Texas) to record double-doubles in the first four Big 12 games of their career. Gilstrap has nine double-doubles on the year, third among conference athletes. The five rookie recognitions is tied for the fourth-most in a single season in Big 12 history.
Past award winners after The Jump
|Nov. 16||LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G, Jr.||David Tairu, Texas Tech, G, Jr.|
||Craig Brackins, Iowa State, F, Jr.||Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr.
|Nov. 30||Damion James, Texas, G/F, Sr.||Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F, Jr.|
|Dec. 7||John Roberson, Texas Tech, G, Jr.
||Xavier Henry, Kansas, G, Fr.|
|Dec. 14||Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, G, Jr.||Xavier Henry, Kansas, G, Fr.|
|Dec. 21||Dexter Pittman, Texas, C, Sr.||Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr.|
|Dec. 28||Kim English, Missouri, G, So.||Michael Dixon, Missouri, G, Fr.|
||LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G, Jr.||Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F, Jr.|
|Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, Jr.
||Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr.|
||Ekpe Udoh, Baylor, F, Jr.||Avery Bradley, Texas, G, Fr.|
|Jan. 18||Damion James, Texas, G/F, Sr.||Marcus Relphorde, Colorado, G, Jr.|
|Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr.|
|Jan. 25||James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, Jr.||Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State, F, Sr.|