Kansas basketball’s Devonte’ Graham named Preseason Big 12 POTY

Jayhawks senior guard Devonte’ Graham was named the Preseason Big 12 Player Of The Year, which was announced in a Kansas Athletics news release Thursday morning.

In the 2016 season, Graham averaged 13.4 points, 4 assists and nearly shot 39 percent from beyond the arc in the backcourt with National Player of the Year and then-senior Frank Mason III.

Graham has been dubbed the unquestioned leader of the Jayhawks this season, but he is not the only Jayhawk with preseason honors.

Alongside Graham, conference coaches selected senior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and redshirt-sophomore guard Malik Newsman to the 2017-18 Preseason All-Big 12 team, according to the release. Newman was also given the Preseason Newcomer of the Year title.

“This is a great honor to be recognized by the coaches, especially with all the great players in the Big 12,” Graham said in the release. “It is also good to see Malik and Svi selected by the coaches.”

While the Jayhawks have put many standout players on the court in the school’s history, Graham is the first Preseason Player of the Year selection since Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins in the 2009-10 season.

The Jayhawks’ first exhibition game is on Oct. 31 against Pittsburg State in Allen Fieldhouse.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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