OSU basketball: Yor Anei named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
A swat-steeped week earned Oklahoma State freshman center Yor Anei not only the Big 12's blocks title, but also one of the conference's final weekly honors.
Anei was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after blocking 14 shots in victories over Baylor and West Virginia. After recording six blocks against the Bears, Anei denied eight shots from the Mountaineers, becoming the first Cowboy to reach that total in a contest since Andre Williams in 2002 while setting an OSU freshman record.
“I try to block everything that's down there,” Anei said after the victory.
He was effective offensively as well, averaging 15 points on 66.7 percent shooting on the week. The flurry pushed Anei atop the conference leaderboard in blocks per game at 2.5, but he became the third player in conference history to lead the league in blocks and not make the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Anei's 78 blocks are a record for an OSU freshman, and another eight blocks would make him the Cowboys' all-time single-season leader in the category.
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This is OSU's second weekly honor of 2018-19. Junior guard Curtis Jones was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 26.
Anei's next chance to show off his shot-blocking prowess will come close to his hometown of Overland Park, Kansas. OSU faces TCU in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City at 6 p.m. Wednesday.