Big 12 academic selectees

Four University of Oklahoma men’s basketball athletes were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the conference announced. Senior forward C.J. Cole and redshirt freshman forward Matt Freeman earned first-team honors while senior guard Daniel Harper and redshirt sophomore center Jamuni McNeace were selected to the second team.

Oklahoma’s four selections and two first-team honorees both tied for third most in the league. Cole was one of five first-team honorees to repeat as a first team selection from a season ago.

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.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

The 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team features 26 student-athletes.

Matt Thomas (Iowa State), C.J. Cole (Oklahoma), Justin Gray (Texas Tech), Jevon Carter (West Virginia) and Daxter Miles (West Virginia) repeat as first team honorees from a season ago. The five are among 17 first team members, while the second team is comprised of nine selections.

West Virginia paced all teams with six combined representatives, while Kansas State’s four selections on the first team is the most.