IRVING, TEXAS - Freshmen Wesley Johnson (Iowa State) and Tweety Carter (Baylor) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Dec. 11 - 17 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Both players earn weekly accolades for the first time.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wesley Johnson, Iowa State, F, Fr., 6-7, 195, Corsicana, Texas/Corsicana/Patterson School (N.C.)
Johnson averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds last week as the Cyclones recorded a 1-1 record. The freshman forward had consecutive double-doubles, beginning with 15 points and 11 boards in a 70-59 victory over Savannah State. He followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 76-66 loss to Bradley. Johnson shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) in two outings, including 3-of-5 (.600) from 3-point range. He was also 12-of-14 (.857) from the free throw line with two assists and two steals. Johnson is the third freshman in Big 12 history to win player honors, following Mario Chalmers of Kansas (Feb. 13, 2006) and Oklahoma’s Drew Lavender (Dec. 15, 2003).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tweety Carter, Baylor, G, Fr., 5-10, 190, LaPlace, La./Reserve Christian School
Carter turned in a career performance in the Bears’ only game of the week, a 94-71 loss at No. 23 Syracuse. The freshman guard had a career-best 31 points in the Carrier Dome, on 11-of-19 (.579) shooting. He was also 7-of-12 (.583) from 3-point range. The 11 field goals and seven 3-pointers were both career-highs. Carter also added two rebounds and one assists as he posted the highest point total for a BU player since Aaron Bruce had 33 versus Oklahoma State on Feb. 5, 2005.