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The Morning Stake | 2020.10.29

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The internet was out last night at my casa and it’s back this morning (obviously). This will be pretty short and sweet for the most part.

Marcus Santos-Silva was named to the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year with Kyler Edwards and Mac McClung being named honorable mention. Baylor’s Jared Butler is the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is named as the Freshman of the Year. Apparently there were 6 players who made the team because there was a tie. Here’s the list.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Jared Butler, Baylor*, G, 6-3, 195, Jr., Reserve, La./Riverside Academy
Marcus Garrett, Kansas*, G, 6-5, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas/Skyline
Austin Reaves, Oklahoma, G, 6-5, 206, Sr., Newark, Ark./Cedar Ridge/Wichita State
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, G, 6-8, 200, Fr., Arlington, Texas/Montverde Academy
Matt Coleman III, Texas, G, 6-2, 180, Sr., Norfolk, Va./Oak Hill Academy
Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia, F, 6-9, 260, So., Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo/Kennedy Catholic (Pa.)

I tend to think this is about right, but I don’t know that Reaves would be a first-teamer, but that’s just me.  Garrett is a high level defender, Butler is the best player on maybe the best team, and Tshiebwe is a beast.  Coleman has always been streaky to me, but he’s solid.

Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams talked cornerback Alex Hogan about making an improvement playing cornerback:

Hogan was a state top-100 recruit coming out of Houston Lamar, and earned the trust of Tech coaches early. But being a freshman corner in the Big 12, he had to learn to trust himself and be resilient when passes inevitably get completed in his territory.

“It’s very difficult,” he said. “I had to learn kind of early, but now that I have coach Derek Jones, he emphasizes it every day: ‘Next play, whole game. Next play, whole game.’ It’s just input in my head now.”

Here are some tweets.

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