Preseason Big 12 honors for Niang, Burton, Morris, McKay

 ISU standout forward Georges Niang added another preseason plaudit Thursday as he was named to the 2015-16 preseason All-Big 12 team. 

 Long- and strong-armed transfer Deonte Burton was tabbed as the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the year.

 He’ll be eligible on Dec. 17. 

Monté Morris and Jameel McKay garnered honorable mention preseason All-Big 12 honors. 

 Below, read the full news release from the Big 12. 

Four First Team Returnees Lead All-Big 12 Preseason Honors

Big 12 men’s basketball will have a familiar feel this season, as for the first time in conference history, four of five members of the All-Big 12 First Team from the previous campaign will return. Leading the way is the 2014-15 Big 12 Player of the Year and this year’s preseason selection – Buddy Hield of Oklahoma.

Three more seniors – Rico Gathers (Baylor), Georges Niang (Iowa State) and Perry Ellis (Kansas) – along with one junior (Isaiah Taylor, Texas) make up the 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Four of the student-athletes on the squad have also been recognized for their academics. Ellis was the 2014-15 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was joined by Hield and Taylor on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while Niang was part of the academic second team.

Hield led the Big 12 in scoring a year ago with 17.4 points per game, increasing that to a league-best average of 18.5 points in conference play. He earned Associated Press All-America Third Team accolades and has started every game the last two years, ranking 15th at OU with 1,366 career points.

Ellis was the only player in the Big 12 last season to rank in the top seven in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding. Niang was also an AP All-America Third Team choice and enters his senior campaign fifth among active NCAA players in scoring (1,510) and the only player with 1,500 points, 450 rebounds and 300 assists. Gathers set a school record and ranked third nationally with 394 rebounds in 2014-15, while Taylor led the Longhorns in scoring (13.1 ppg), assists (110) and steals (23) despite missing 10 games.

Iowa State’s Deonte Burton is the Preseason Newcomer of the Year, with Cheick Diallo being recognized as the Preseason Freshman of the Year. Burton, a transfer from Marquette, will be eligible at the end of the first semester after being named to his league’s all-rookie team in 2013-14. Diallo was rated in the top 10 of the ESPN100 and was also the 2014 and 2015 New York Gatorade Player of the Year.

Preseason Player of the Year

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, G, Sr., 6-4, 214, Freeport, Bahamas/Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.]

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Deonte Burton, Iowa State, G, Jr., 6-4, 250, Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette/Vincent

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Cheick Diallo, Kansas, F, Fr., 6-9, 220, Mali, Africa/Our Savior New American [N.Y.]

2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Name, School Pos.   Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  Hometown/Previous School(s)
Rico Gathers, Baylor,  F 6-8 275 Sr. LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy
Georges Niang, Iowa State*     F 6-8 230 Sr. Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School
Perry Ellis, Kansas* F 6-8 225 Sr. Wichita, Kan./Wichita Heights
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma* G 6-4 214 Sr. Freeport, Bahamas/Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.]
Isaiah Taylor, Texas G 6-1     170     Jr.     Hayward, Calif./The Village School [Texas]

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):

Taurean Prince, Baylor; Jameel McKay and Monte Morris, Iowa State; Frank Mason, Kansas; Phil Forte, Oklahoma State; Devin Williams, West Virginia

* – Unanimous Selection


Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.

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