K-State's Brown named semifinalist for Naismith DPOY

Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) shoots over West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Senior guard Barry Brown, Jr., has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Brown joins Texas Tech graduate transfer Tariq Owens as the only other member of the Big 12 to grace the list.

Brown is Kansas State's all-time steals leader and currently ranks seventh in Big 12 history with 240 steals. According to a K-State press release, he needs 25 more steals to reach the top five.

The Wildcats' defense is the nation's fourth-best scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 59.8 points per game. It also ranks among the national leaders in several defensive categories, holding 14 of 26 opponents to 60 points or less this season.

On top of leading the team in five different categories and gracing the top 10 in 14 others, Brown is also one of just two Wildcats to surpass 4,000 career minutes played, while his 4,190 career minutes rank eighth in Big 12 history.

Four finalists for the award will be announced on March 14, with the winner being named on April 7.

Other players include Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke, Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, Duke's Tre Jones and Zion Williamson, Michigan's Zavier Simpson, Washington's Matisse Thybulle and Tennessee's Grant Williams.