Oct. 20, 1999

DALLAS - The University of Oklahoma men's basketball team was picked to finish in fourth place in a poll of Big 12 coaches, the league announced. The Sooners, who finished 22-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 last year, were predicted to finish behind Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State, respectively.

Senior forward Eduardo Najera, a preseason All-American who led Oklahoma in scoring and rebounding last year, was one of five players named to the preseason all-league first team. Others were Iowa State forward Marcus Fizer, Kansas center Eric Chenowith, Oklahoma State forward Desmond Mason and Texas center Chris Mihm. Mihm was voted preseason player of the year.

Baylor forward Terry Black, a junior college transfer, was selected preseason newcomer of the year while Kansas forward Nick Collison was named preseason freshman of the year. OU freshman guards Jarrett Hart and Hollis Price also received votes from the head coaches.

A preseason media poll will be announced by the Big 12 late next week.

1999-2000 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Team Pts. 1. Kansas (6) 116 2. Texas (5) 113 3. Oklahoma State (1)103 4. Oklahoma 89 5. Missouri 84 6. Iowa State 55 7. Nebraska 54 8. Colorado 50 9. Texas Tech 47 10. Kansas State42 11. Texas A&M 23 12. Baylor 16

Preseason Coaches All-Big 12 Team Marcus Fizer, Jr., F, Iowa State Eric Chenowith, Jr., C, Kansas Eduardo Najera, Sr., F, Oklahoma Desmond Mason, Sr., F, Oklahoma State Chris Mihm, Jr., C, Texas

Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Chris Mihm, Jr., C, Texas

Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Terry Black, Jr., F, Baylor

Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year Nick Collison, Fr., F, Kansas