In what should come as no surprise to anyone, Jaysean Paige was selected as Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year. Paige led the Mountaineers in scoring with 14.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game while averaging over 22 minutes a contest. Paige turned it up in conference play, averaging over 16 points per game in 18 conference games, despite playing only 6 minutes against Texas while he was injured. Paige, a former Moberly MO Community College standout, was a fan favorite and steady offensive presence for the Mountaineers. Jaysean had some of his best performances when the Mountaineers needed him, including a 26 point outburst in a win over #1 Kansas Jayhawks in Morgantown and a 34 point explosion in a 97-87 win over #19 Iowa State Cyclones.
Paige wasn't the only Mountaineer to win an award. Jevon Carter was named First Team All Defense team for the second year in a row. Carter led the team with 83 steals on the season. Carter could be seen harassing players all over the court and keeping Press Virginia as the number one team in steals and turnovers forced per game.
Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige were also named 2nd Team All Big 12 Players. Devin led the team with 9.1 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 12.7 points per game. Devin started the year with 5 straight double-doubles.
The other Big 12 Awards are:
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield won Player of the Year.
Texas' Prince Ibeh won Defensive Player of the Year.
Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans won Freshman of the Year.
Iowa State's Deonte Burton won Newcomer of the Year.
And in a slightly controversial decision, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith won Coach of the Year over Bob Huggins. Tubby led the Raiders to a 19-11 season after finishing below .500 the last two years.
#Big12MBB: Jaysean Paige led @WVUhoops in scoring as a key contributor off the bench to earn the Sixth Man Award. pic.twitter.com/kxX3OQP3GB— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) March 6, 2016
#Big12MBB: The 2015-16 All-Defensive Team & All-Newcomer Team. pic.twitter.com/EXU6Pv0xIj— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) March 6, 2016
#Big12MBB: The 2015-16 All-#Big12 Teams.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) March 6, 2016
Full list of this season's awards - https://t.co/NGKu6Yvg45 pic.twitter.com/jQ10J5CTH1