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November 5, 2006

Rivals.com Preseason All-Big 12 team

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Our preseason all-Big 12 team is perhaps most notable for a name that's missing.

Texas Tech guard Jarrius Jackson certainly would have made this team if we'd put it together a week ago. The 6-foot-1 senior led the Big 12 with 20.5 points per game last season.

Red Raiders coach Bob Knight dismissed Jackson from the team last week for academic reasons.

Knight hasn't closed the door on a possible return by Jackson later this season. But if he's not on his own team, Jackson can't be on our team.

Even without Jackson, this team features plenty of talent.

Kansas and Texas Tech are expected to finish the season atop the conference standings, so it should come as no surprise that they each had two first-team selections.

Although no freshmen made our preseason all-conference team, don't be surprised if a couple of first-year players make the postseason all-conference squad.

Texas forward Kevin Durant and Kansas forward Darrell Arthur could achieve stardom in hurry. In fact, the Big 12's preseason all-freshman team might rival the talent level of the actual all-conference team.

Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
G Mario Chalmers, Kansas, So., 6-1, 195
Chalmers was the Jayhawks' second-leading scorer with 11.5 points per game last year – 14.3 in Big 12 games. However, he really made a name for himself on the other end of the floor. Chalmers set a Big 12 freshman record with 89 steals last year, which marked the fourth-highest total in school history. He collected at least three steals in 19 different games. Chalmers demonstrated enough of an all-around game last year to average 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
G Acie Law, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 195
This Rivals.com preseason second-team All-American averaged 16.1 points and 4.0 assists per game last year to lead the Aggies in both categories. He also collected a team-high 50 steals. The consistent Law scored in double figures in 27 of his 30 games last year and never was held below eight points. This senior point guard also has emerged as a team leader who has helped guide the Aggies through their remarkable turnaround.
G Richard Roby, Colorado, Jr., 6-6, 200
Roby averaged 17 points per game as a freshman and followed that up by tallying 16 points per game last season. He has averaged 17.8 points per game against Big 12 foes in his career. But he's more than just a pure scorer. Roby also led the Buffaloes in rebounds (5.5), steals (2.1) and minutes (30.2) last season. Don't be fooled by the fact Roby's a guard. He has blocked 50 shots in his career and recorded a pair of double-doubles last season with at least 10 points and rebounds.
G/F Brandon Rush, Kansas, So., 6-6, 210
Rush became the first Jayhawk in school history to lead his team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman last year when he averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 boards per game. He also was the first freshman to earn first-team all-Big 12 honors in the conference's 10-year history. He scored the second-most points (444) and played the second-most minutes (1,047) of any freshman in  Kansas history.
F Joseph Jones, Texas A&M, Jr., 6-9, 250
Jones made an immediate impact two years ago by averaging 12.7 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game as a freshman. He showed no signs of a sophomore jinx last year by collecting 15.3 and 6.5 rebounds per game to earn second-team all-conference honors. He also has teamed up with Law to provide the leadership that has helped Aggies coach Billy Gillispie rejuvenate the A&M program.
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team
G JamesOn Curry, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-3, 190
G/F Cartier Martin, Kansas State, Sr., 6-7, 220
F Kevin Durant, Texas, Fr., 6-9, 225
F Julian Wright, Kansas, So., 6-8, 225
F/C Mario Boggan, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-7, 240
Rivals.com 2006-07 Preseason Big 12 All-Freshman Team
G Sherron Collins, Kansas, 5-11, 200
G Obi Muonelo, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 215
F Darrell Arthur, Kansas, 6-9, 230
F Kevin Durant, Texas, 6-9, 225
F Damion James, Texas, 6-7, 227

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