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March 10, 2008

Maric named All-Big 12 First Team

The postseason honors continued to roll in throughout the day as Nebraska senior center Aleks Maric was named to the All-Big 12 team by several media services and the league's coaches.

Maric, who was named to the All-Big 12 second team by the conference coaches early Monday morning, was selected to the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team on Monday afternoon. He was also selected to the All-Big 12 second team by Rivals.com.

Maric is the first Husker to earn first-team all-conference accolades since Venson Hamilton was a first-team selection by the coaches and media, and was the league's player of the year in 1999. During the Big 12 era, only Hamilton and Tyronn Lue (1998) were selected to the coach's first team.

Only the sixth player in the Big 12 Conference to post 1,500 career points and 900 rebounds since the formation of the league, Maric is just 25 rebounds short of becoming only the second Husker ever to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau.

After being held scoreless at Kansas on Jan. 26, Maric has posted 11 double-doubles in the past 12 games and has raced to eighth in the NU career scoring chart with 1,576 points, one point behind Lue for seventh place.

Along with Maric, a pair of Nebraska newcomers earned honors Monday from the Associated Press. Junior guards Steve Harley and Ade Dagunduro were each named to the league's all-newcomer team in a vote of sportswriters who regularly cover the Big 12 Conference.

Harley, a two-time junior college All-American at South Plains (Texas) CC, is second on the team in scoring this season at 9.2 points per contest and is one of four Huskers with at least 40 assists and 30 steals on the year. After a slow start to non-conference play, Harley picked up the pace, scoring in double figures 10 times in 16 league games after posting at least 10 points twice in the first 13 games of the year. Harley was second on the squad in scoring during league play, averaging 11.2 points per game while hitting 45.6 percent from the floor, including 48 percent from 3-point range.

Dagunduro is fourth on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (3.7 rpg) while also posting 47 assists, 27 steals and eight blocked shots. He has scored in double figures 12 times this season, including posting 15 points and seven rebounds in an upset of then-No. 16 Oregon in Omaha.


Associated Press All-Big 12 Teams

First Team

Michael Beasley, Kansas State
D.J. Augustin, Texas
Aleks Maric, Nebraska
Curtis Jerrells, Baylor
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Second Team
Brandon Rush, Kansas
Darrell Arthur, Kansas
Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Byron Eaton, Oklahoma State
A.J. Abrams, Texas

Associated Press Specialty Teams

All-Freshman

James Anderson, Oklahoma State
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Bill Walker, Kansas State

All-Newcomer
DeMarre Carroll, Missouri
Ade Dagunduro, Nebraska
Andre Gilbert, Kansas State
Steve Harley, Nebraska
Bryan Petersen, Iowa State

All-Defense
Conner Atchley, Texas
Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Marcus Dove, Oklahoma State
Dominique Kirk, Texas A&M
Russell Robinson, Kansas

All-Improved
Conner Atchley, Texas
Darnell Jackson, Kansas
Longar Longar, Oklahoma
Leo Lyons, Missouri
Alan Voskuil, Texas Tech

All-Reserve
Sherron Collins, Kansas
Bryan Davis, Texas A&M
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
Sasha Kaun, Kansas
Obe Muonelo, Oklahoma State

All-Underrated
Tony Crocker, Oklahoma
Marcus Hall, Colorado
Justin Mason, Texas
Kevin Rogers, Baylor
Juri Hubalek, Iowa State


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