Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MBB: Four Sooners Named to Academic All-Big 12 Team

University of Oklahoma men's basketball seniors C.J. Cole, Ryan Spangler, Buddy Hield and Austin Mankin were each named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team on Wednesday, the conference office announced.

The Academic All-Big 12 honors were the second consecutive for Hield and Spangler. Cole and Spangler were named to the 14-player first team (includes student-athletes who have recorded a 3.20 or better GPA), while Hield and Mankin were two of 10 players named to the second team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA).

Cole, who was the only conference honoree with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, is a chemical biosciences major from Sperry, Okla. In his final year as a Sooner, the forward has played a total of 20 minutes in seven games this season and has recorded six points and three total rebounds. Cole has played in 31 career games for the Sooners.

Spangler is a sociology major from Bridge Creek, Okla. The forward, who is in his third year playing for the Sooners after transferring from Gonzaga, is averaging 10.3 points a game while ranking second in the Big 12 with his 9.5 rebounds per contest. Spangler currently ranks third in the Big 12 in shooting at .545 from the field and is second with 10 double-doubles.

Hield, a leading candidate for national player of the year, is a human relations major from Freeport, Bahamas. The guard currently ranks second in the country and first in the Big 12 in scoring at 25.4 points per game on the season. Hield currently leads the nation with his 4.2 3-pointers per game and ranks third overall with his 48.7 percent shooting from downtown. Hield, who leads the nation with 109 total treys this year, has eight games this season with at least 30 points, the most by a Sooner since the 1993-94 season (Jeff Webster). Hield has led OU in scoring in 21 of 26 outings this year. Last season, Hield became the first player in the history of the Big 12 to lead the league in scoring, earn player of the year and make the academic first team.

Mankin, earning his first Academic All-Big 12 honor, is a communications major from Coppell, Texas. This season, the forward has appeared in five games for the Sooners and has three points and three rebounds to his credit. He has played in 31 career contests for Oklahoma over the past three seasons.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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