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WVU guard Taz Sherman earns honorable mention status in preseason All-Big 12 selections

West Virginia senior guard Taz Sherman is the lone Mountaineer to earn a preseason All-Big 12 Conference honor.

The Big 12 announced Wednesday its men’s basketball preseason awards, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Sherman is one of seven honorable mention selections.

The Mountaineers did not have a member of the preseason All-Big 12 team, which features six players: Kansas guards Remy Martin and Ochai Agbaji and Jayhawks’ forward David McCormack, Baylor swingman Matthew Mayer, Texas guard Marcus Carr and Texas Tech guard Terrence Shannon.

Sherman increased his production last season, which was his second at West Virginia. He averaged 13.4 points in 24.4 minutes, while shooting nearly 36 percent on three-pointers and better than 87 percent on free throws.

Sherman and backcourt mate Sean McNeil are expected to be focal points of West Virginia’s offensive attack in the upcoming season.

Martin, an Arizona State transfer, is the preseason player of the year.

A three-time All-Pac 12 selection with the Sun Devils, Martin averaged 19.1 points last season and arrives at KU with 1,754 career points.

Carr, a Minnesota transfer, is the preseason newcomer of the year. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and third in the conference in scoring average last season at 19.4 points.

Six-foot-8 Kendall Brown of Baylor is the preseason freshman of the year.

Joining Sherman in earning honorable mention status are: Baylor’s James Akinjo, Oklahoma State’s Avery Anderson and Moussa Cisse, TCU’s Mike Miles and Texas’ Andrew Jones and Tre Mitchell.

The Big 12 will announce its preseason poll Thursday.

The Mountaineers open the regular season November 9 against Oakland. West Virginia begins Big 12 play January 1 at Texas.

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