Tuesday, May 19, 2009
J.T. Wise Named Big 12 Player of the Year
Norman, Oklahoma keeps on seeing an incoming of Big 12 awards even though they've also seen an outpouring of OU students for the summer.
Senior catcher for the Sooners baseball team J.T. Wise was officially named Big 12 Player of the Year today, Tuesday, May 19th. He leads the conference with a .375 batting average during the regular season. In other news, his partner on the team, freshman Garrett Buechele, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Wise has aided in leading OU to a second place finish in the Big 12 conference this baseball season, leading to this weekend's conference championship.
Wise has become the third Sooner to receive the conference's top award and the first since Rick Gutierrez in 1994.
Funny how he came to OU, Wise actually started his collegiate baseball career as a Lousisiana State Tiger, becoming a freshman All-American at second base there. He transferred to OU in his sophomore season at LSU and hit .278 with seven homeruns and 49 RBIs as a junior Sooner.