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Aldrich and Warren not consensus All-Big 12?

Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 2:16 pm

The Big 12 released its official preseason honors Thursday, and the first thing I noticed was that Texas' Avery Bradley won Freshman of the Year instead of Kansas' Xavier Henry. Truth be told, that's how I'd vote, too (as my All-America teams show). But I wasn't sure if the league's coaches would see things similarly. So I found that interesting.

Anyway, that's the first thing I noticed.

But the next thing I noticed was insane: Cole Aldrich and Willie Warren were not consensus All-Big 12.

Is it as silly as the Tim Tebow snub by Steve Spurrier?

Probably not.

But I'd love to hear somebody explain how Aldrich and Warren -- both of whom are First Team All-Americans -- don't belong on the All-Big 12 team, because there is at least one coach who voted that way. Meantime, Sherron Collins and Craig Brackins were unanimous selections, and I'm OK with that. But not voting for Aldrich and Warren is inexplicable, I think.

Here's how the All-Big 12 team should look:
  • G: Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • G: Avery Bradley (Texas)
  • G: Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  • F: Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  • F: Cole Aldrich (Kansas)

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2009 5:04 pm

Aldrich and Warren not conensus All-Big 12?


I would wonder if the person who didn't include Aldrich would be Rick Barnes at Texas? He has a very talented big guy in Dexter Pittman (IMO, not as talented as Aldrich, but that is my opinion), but I thought league coaches couldn't vote for their own players??? Or perhaps some other coach thought that Pittman was better than Aldrich? Or as you indicated with your Tebow comment, maybe it was someone trying to spite KU for being the top rated team and having, at least on some A-A teams, two All-Americans in Collins and Aldrich??? Who knows?

Warren being left off doesn't make any sense, either. There isn't another SG/Combo Guard that is close to Warren's level in the league, with the possible exception of Avery Bradley, but he's an unproven commodity and Warren has proven himself. There are other good SG's in the league, but Warren is definitely the best!

So, whoever left those two off their ballots either need(s) to rethink his/their profession, or they now have a clue as to why they don't recruit better, because they can't judge talent! 

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