Wade named Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, KU and K-State repped in Big 12 honors

Kansas State forward Dean Wade (32) during an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(WIBW) - A season of high college hoops hype for the state of Kansas was reflected in the Big 12's preseason honors.

The league announced Kansas State forward Dean Wade as its Preseason Player of the Year on Tuesday. Wade is just the second Wildcat to receive this honor, as Jacob Pullen won it before the 2010-2011 season.

The senior is coming off of a season where he led K-State in seven categories. He was also just the 15th player in the Big 12 era to average at least 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a single season.

His star running mate, Barry Brown Jr., was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Brown had the best season of his collegiate career last year, averaging 15.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting.

The Jayhawks feature two players winning conference honors. Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson is the Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, but averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers in 2016-2017.

Another awarded newcomer is freshman guard Quentin Grimes. Grimes is the conference's Preseason Freshman of the Year, carrying a five-star reputation as a recruit into his collegiate career.

The freshman was an honorable mention for the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, along with junior center Udoka Azubuike. The big man broke the conference's single-season field goal percentage record last year, shooting 77.0 percent while averaging 13 points, seven rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.