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Jayhawks aplenty on the 2017-18 All-Big 12 teams

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File -- Kansas' Devonte' Graham (4) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Kansas won 83-77. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) File -- Kansas' Devonte' Graham (4) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Kansas won 83-77. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
IRVING, TX (KCTV) -

Highlighted by Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte' Graham, conference regular-season champion Kansas is well represented on the men's basketball 2017-18 All-Big 12 Team selected by the conference coaches, the league announced Sunday.

Graham was the unanimous selection for Big 12 Player of the Year, while redshirt sophomore Malik Newman is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Bill Self the co-Big 12 Coach of the Year, along with Chris Beard of Texas Tech.

Graham is an All-Big 12 First Team selection, while senior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is a second team honoree. Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is third team and junior Lagerald Vick honorable mention. Newman was also named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Historically, Graham is the 12th Jayhawk to be named his conference's player of the year. This is the ninth time a Kansas student-athlete has earned the distinction in the 22-year history of the Big 12 Conference. With Frank Mason III winning the 2017 honor, this is the seventh time in league history a school has been named the Big 12 player of the year in consecutive seasons with Kansas holding four of those occasions.

"I am so happy for Devonte', it's well deserved," Self said. "He's played as big a role on this team I believe as any player that we've had since we've been here, on any team. Everyone inside the program knows it goes far past statistics. We're really happy for him. It's well deserved."

Graham was joined on the All-Big 12 Frist Team by Javon Carter (West Virginia), Dean Wade (Kansas State), Keenan Evans (Texas Tech) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) with Graham, Evans, Carter and Young being unanimous selections by the league coaches.

"To be selected for this by the conference coaches is an honor," Graham said. "It's good to see my fellow starters on the all-conference teams as well, as these awards are a total team effort."

"I think Svi (Mykhailiuk) deserved his second-team honors, he's had a tremendous senior year," Self said. "Doke (Azubuike) being recognized on the third team is nice by other coaches. I was hopeful that he may sneak on the second team but certainly understand with the depth and quality of players in our league. It was nice to see Malik as the newcomer of the year and on the all-newcomer team and Lagerald to receive votes for honorable mention."

Self guided the Jayhawks (24-7, 13-5) to their 14th-straight Big 12 regular-season title in 2018, establishing an NCAA record for most consecutive conference crowns in college basketball history. He captured the 2018 regular-season championship by two games en route to earning his eighth Big 12 and ninth overall conference coach of the year honor.

In the 22-year history of the conference, Kansas lays claim to a league-best 116 All-Big 12 selections which includes first-, second-, third-, honorable mention, all-defensive and all-newcomer team honorees. Texas is second with 88.

Graham gives Kansas a first-team selection for the 18th-consecutive season and the 20th time in the history of the league. Kansas has 21 KU All-Big 12 First Team choices in the 15 seasons under Self.

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