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Jahmi'us Ramsey named Big 12 Freshman of the Year

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Jahmi'us Ramsey has become the first player in Texas Tech history to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year along with All-Big 12 honors as a freshman after a regular season where he led the Red Raiders with 15.0 points per game, while junior Davide Moretti was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Terrence Shannon, Jr. was selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team along with Ramsey.

An Arlington, Texas native, Ramsey was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, All-Big 12 Second Team, All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Newcomer Team after finishing ?fth in the Big 12 in scoring and leading all freshmen. The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players. All-Big 12 First Team honorees include Udoka Azubuike, his Kansas teammate Devon Dotson, Jared Butler (Baylor), Kristian Doolittle (Oklahoma) and Desmond Bane (TCU).

Ramsey has a 44.2 field goal percentage which ranks ?fth in the conference while he is second in 3-point percentage (42.6) and ?fth in 3-pointers made per game (2.2). A 6-foot-4 guard, he has started all 27 games he has played in this season and scored 20-plus points in ?ve outings, including a career-high 27 against Long Island in non-conference play and 26 at Kansas. Ramsey was a three-time honoree for Big 12 Newcomer of the Week who has made five 3-pointers in four games this season and two or more in 17 games.

For a season, Texas Tech has only been led in scoring by two freshmen with Jordan Tolbert averaging 11.5 points per game in the 2011-12 season and Rick Bullock who had 13.8 ppg. in 1972-73. During the Southwest Conference era, Tech had five players earn SWC Freshman of the Year in Bullock (1972-73), Vince Taylor (1981-82), Will Flemons (1989-90), Lenny Holly and Koy Smith (1992-93). Zhaire Smith was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection as a freshman in 2017-18 for the only prior all-conference nod for a Tech freshman. Among freshmen nationally, Ramsey ranks 14th in scoring this season.

A junior from Italy, Moretti is averaging 13.0 points and 2.3 assists per game this season. He leads the Red Raiders with 67 3-pointers and is seventh in the nation by shooting 90.2 percent from the free-throw line. Moretti, who earned 2019 All-Big 12 Third-Team honors, has scored 969 points and made 166 3-pointers in his career. He is second on the NCAA active career list by shooting 90.6 percent where he is 213 of 235 after going 4-for-4 at the line and finishing with 18 points on Saturday against Kansas.
Shannon earned Big 12 All-Freshman Team after averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first season. A guard from Chicago, Shannon scored a career-high 24 points in non-conference play at DePaul and scored a conference-best 23 against West Virginia at home where he went 5-for-8 from the field and 12-for-14 at the free-throw line. He is currently 87-for-105 at the line (82.9 percent) and has also contributed 29 assists and 26 steals. Shannon is coming off a game against the Jayhawks where he had eight points and four rebounds.

Azubuike was selected as Kansas' ninth Player of the Year while Scott Drew earned Baylor's ?rst Coach of the Year to headline the 2019-20 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball awards.

Marcus Garrett (Kansas) was named Defensive Player of the Year while Davion Mitchell (Baylor) was voted Newcomer of the Year. Devonte Bandoo (Baylor) picked up the Sixth Man Award and Freddie Gillespie (Baylor) was voted as the Most Improved Player.

Azubuike leads the NCAA in field goal percentage at .748. The Delta, Nigeria, center is the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double with 13.7 ppg and 10.5 rpg. He also leads the Big 12 in double-doubles with 15 and is second in blocked shots at 2.6. Azubuike is the only player in the NCAA averaging a double-double (14.0 ppg, 11.6 rpg) and 3.0 blocks in conference games this season.

Versatile on both ends of the court, Garrett was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team for the second straight season. He leads the league with 4.65 assists and a 2.67 assist/turnover ratio while ranking fourth with 1.81 steals. The junior guard from Dallas contributes 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds.

After sitting out a year as a transfer, Mitchell earned a spot in the starting lineup in his first season on the floor with the Bears. The sophomore point guard from Hinesville, Georgia, is fourth in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.70, seventh with 3.8 assists and eighth with 1.5 steals. He averages 9.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Texas Tech will begin its postseason at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday against Texas in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The Red Raiders finished the regular season in a four-way tie for third in the conference standings and are the fifth seed in the championship that begins on Wednesday and will conclude with the title game at 5 p.m. on Saturday.


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