Brown wins Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Lawson wins Newcomer of the Year

Kansas State seniors Dean Wade (32), Barry Brown Jr., back, and Kamau Stokes, middle, hug as they are replaced during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, March 9, 2019. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma 68-53. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(WIBW) - The Big 12 Player of the Year comes from one of the conference's co-champions, but not Kansas State.

The league announced on Wednesday that Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver won the award. He ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring (18.3 ppg), fifth in assists (3.6) and is 10th in rebounding (6.2).

K-State's Barry Brown is the league's Defensive Player of the Year. The senior ranks first in the Big 12 in steals (2.0) and is fifth in scoring (15.1). He is also the school's all-time steals leader.

The guard is the first Wildcat to win Defensive Player of the Year since Rolando Blackman won the award in 1979 and 1980. Brown was also one of two unanimous picks for the All-Defensive Team.

Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The Memphis transfer leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1), rebounding (10.6) and double-doubles (20). He is the only player in the league to average a double-double.

Brown and Lawson are joined by Dean Wade on the All-Big 12 First Team. The senior forward ranks second on KSU in scoring (12.9 points per game), double-digit scoring games (19) and 20-point games (four).

KU freshman Devon Dotson made the All-Big 12 Third Team. The guard averaged 12.3 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game in Big 12 play. He was also recognized as a member of the league's All-Freshman Team.

Fellow Jayhawk guard Marcus Garrett joins Brown on the All-Defensive Team. The sophomore did miss five games with a sprained ankle. But he ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 1.6 steals per contest.

Two Kansas State players found themselves on the honorable mention list for the All-Big 12 Teams: Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed. Stokes has been in prime form the last month, averaging 13.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting (40-of-90) with 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in the last 9 games. Sneed ranks second on Kansas State in rebounding, steals and 3-point field goals.

The head coaches in the Big 12 selected these awards and can't vote for their own players.