MBB All-Conference Awards: Robinson, Culver nab Player of the Year and Beard, Ogden named Coach of the Year

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At the beginning of the year, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver had a big weight on his shoulder taking up the scoring load for the departed Zhaire Smith. But the hometown native's surge in production (From 11 ppg to 18 ppg) was the spearhead in Tech's own return to national prominence following last season's Elite Eight run. It was enough to earn him Big XII Player of the Year and Chris Beard, Big XII Coach of the Year.

Elsewhere, Texas Southern head coach Johnny Jones showed to be exactly what the Tigers hoped he would be with the help of LSU grad transfers, Jalyn Patterson and the SWAC MVP and Newcomer of the Year Jeremy Combs, who averaged 17 ppg on 60 percent shooting. TSU finished the regular season 19-11. But it was second-year Prairie View A&M head coach Byron Smith who led his Panthers to the regular season SWAC title and a 17-1 record in-conference.

Following the controversial firing of Scott Cross at the end of the 2017-18 season, UTA's Chris Ogden had perhaps one of the most unfair situations in the nation taking over a Mavericks team with high aspirations. UTA finished 12-6 in the Sun Belt and finished the season on a four-game win streak.

American Athletic:

Sportsmanship Award
Galen Robinson, Jr., Houston

Sixth Man of the Year
DeJon Jarreau, Houston

First Team
Corey Davis, Jr., Houston

Second Team
Armoni Brooks, Houston
Jahmal McMurray, SMU

All-Freshman
Nate Hinton, Houston

Jarrett Culver by Rickey Brown

Big XII:

Player of the Year
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech, G, So. 

Freshman of the Year
Jaxson Hayes, Texas

Coach of the Year
Chris Beard, Texas Tech

First Team
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech*

Second Team
Makai Mason, Baylor
Jaxson Hayes, Texas
Desmond Bane, TCU
Matt Mooney, Texas Tech

Third Team
Alex Robinson, TCU
Davide Moretti, Texas Tech

All-Defensive
Mark Vital, Baylor
Jaxson Hayes, Texas
Matt Mooney, Texas Tech
Tariq Owens, Texas Tech

All-Newcomer
Makai Mason, Baylor
Jaxson Hayes, Texas
Matt Mooney, Texas Tech

All-Freshman
Jared Butler, Baylor
Jaxson Hayes, Texas

Conference USA:

First Team
Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA

Second Team
Keaton Wallace, UTSA

Third Team
Ryan Woolridge, North Texas

All-Freshman
Umoja Gibson, North Texas
Chris Mullins, Rice
Efe Odigie, UTEP

Southland

Player of the Year:
Cameron Delaney, Sam Houston State

Newcomer of the Year: 
Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State

Coach of the Year: 
Joe Golding, Abilene Christian

First Team
Cameron Delaney, Sam Houston State
Nick Garth, Lamar

Second Team
Kevon Harris, SFA
Josh Nzeakor, Lamar
Jaren Lewis, Abilene Christian
Shannon Bogues, SFA
Ian DuBose, Houston Baptist

Third Team
Jaylen Franklin, Abilene Christian
Josh Delaney, Sam Houston State
Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State
Kareem South, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

All-Defensive
Jaylen Franklin, Abilene Christian
Braxton Bonds, Houston Baptist

Sun Belt 

UTA head coach Chris Ogden

Coach of the Year
Chris Ogden, UTA

First Team
Nijal Pearson, Texas State

Third Team
Brian Warren, UTA
Tre'Larenz Nottingham, Texas State

SWAC

Player of the Year
Jeremy Combs, Texas Southern

Newcomer of the Year
Jeremy Combs, Texas Southern

Defensive Player of the Year:
Dennis Jones, Prairie View A&M

Coach of the Year:
Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M

First Team
Gary Blackston, Prairie View A&M
Jeremy Combs, Texas Southern
Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M

WAC

Defensive Player of the Year:
Javon Levi, UT Rio Grande Valley

Second Team
Terry Winn III, UTRGV

All-Defensive
Javon Levi, UTRGV

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