MANHATTAN, Kan. – Juniors Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade continued to rack up accolades for their outstanding seasons on Tuesday, as the U.S. Basketball Writers Associated selected each to its All-District VI team, which encompasses the states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.
The duo become the 14th and 15th Wildcats to earn recognition from the USBWA, which has been selecting All-District Teams since the 1956-57 season. They are just the third tandem to be selected for All-District honors in the same season, following Michael Beasley and Bill Walker in 2008 and Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen in 2010. Overall, they are the first K-State players on the All-District team since Rodney McGruder in 2013.
Brown and Wade were joined on the 10-member All-District VI team by Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham and Udoka Azubuike, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Creighton’s Marcus Foster, Nebraska’s James Palmer, Jr., Missouri’s Kassius Robertson, Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton and Oklahoma’s Trae Young. In addition, Graham was named the District Player of the Year, while head coach Bill Self was the District Coach of the Year.
In addition to earning All-District honors, Brown and Wade also picked up more All-Big 12 honors on Tuesday, as they were both selected to The Associated Press’ All-Big 12 Second Team. They were joined on the Second Team by Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike and Svi Mykhailiuk and TCU’s Kenrich Williams. On Sunday, Wade became just the fourth Wildcat in the Big 12 era to be selected to the Coaches’ All-Big 12 First Team, while Brown was named to the Second Team as well as the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Wade has put together one of the most impressive all-around efforts in K-State history, as he ranks first or second in 12 statistical categories, including scoring (16.7 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (27), 20-point games (11), double-doubles (four) and rebounding (6.4 rpg.). He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 13 times, in rebounding 17 times and in assists on eight occasions. Overall, he has averaged 16.7 points on 55 percent shooting (192-of-349), including 42.7 percent (38-of-89) from 3-point range, and 74.8 percent (95-of-127) from the free throw line to go with 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game.
One of the best defenders in the Big 12, Brown had a career-best season as a junior in 2017-18, averaging 16.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting (179-of-384), including 33.3 percent (40-of-120) from 3-point range, to go with 3.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 35.1 minutes per game. The team leader in assists (110), steals (59) and minutes (1,087), he ranked second only to Wade in most statistical categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (24), 20-point games (11) and field goals made (179).
Kansas State (21-10, 10-8 Big 12) will be the No. 4 seed in this week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and will No. 5 seed TCU (21-10, 8-10 Big 12) in the tournament’s quarterfinal round at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday on ESPN or ESPN2.
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