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Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Awards Announced

POSTED: October 4, 2023 -- 3:23 p.m. CT

Texas' Rori Harmon was voted Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, as the Conference released its preseason awards Wednesday. Baylor's Jada Walker was selected Preseason Newcomer of the Year and Texas' Madison Booker was named Preseason Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches.

Harmon was the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2022-23, earning First Team All-Big 12 and All-America honors in the process. The applied movement science major helped the Longhorns to a share of the Big 12 regular season title while averaging 11.2 points and a program-record 7.3 assists per game. The Houston native was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2022 Big 12 Championship.

Walker comes to Baylor after averaging 12.9 points and a league-leading 2.6 steals at Kentucky in 2022-23. The Richmond, Virginia native was an SEC All-Freshman team selection in 2022, maintaining a scoring average of 11.7 in 62 games over two seasons in Lexington.

Booker is a McDonald's All-American who rates as the No. 12 recruit in her class. She won a Gold Medal with the United States at the FIBA U19 World Cup over the summer, scoring seven points with 10 rebounds in the gold medal game. Booker, a native of Ridgeland, Mississippi, intends to major in mechanical engineering.

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Harmon was one of four players who were unanimously selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, joined by Sarah Andrews (Baylor), Taiyanna Jackson (Kansas) and Gabby Gregory (Kansas State). Darianna Littlepage-Buggs (Baylor), Emily Ryan (Iowa State), Ayoka Lee (Kansas State), Skylar Vann (Oklahoma), DeYona Gaston (Texas) and JJ Quinerly (West Virginia) rounded out the team.

Preseason Player of the Year - Rori Harmon, Texas

Preseason Newcomer of the Year - Jada Walker, Baylor

Preseason Freshman of the Year - Madison Booker, Texas

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Sarah Andrews, G, Baylor*

Zakiyah Franklin, Kansas

DeYona Gaston, Texas

Gabby Gregory, Kansas State*

Rori Harmon, G, Texas*

Taiyanna Jackson, Kansas*

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs, Baylor

Emily Ryan, G, Iowa State

JJ Quinerly, West Virginia

Skylar Vann, Oklahoma

*- Denotes unanimous pick

A tie for the 10th spot resulted in 11 selections

Honorable Mention

Lauren Gustin (BYU), Holly Kersgieter (Kansas), Serena Sundell (K-State), Lior Garzon (Oklahoma State), Sedona Prince (TCU), Shaylee Gonzales (Texas), Aaliyah Moore (Texas), Bailey Maupin (Texas Tech)

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