"I'm thankful to all my teammates, because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even be in a situation to earn these awards,'' Smart said.
Iowa State senior guard Will Clyburn, a transfer from Utah, earned the AP Newcomer of the Year award after averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds a game. Clyburn got 15 votes, while teammate and Michigan State transfer Korie Lucious got the other two votes.
Weber was fired by Illinois last year and wasn't exactly a popular choice among Wildcats fans after the unexpected departure of Frank Martin, who took K-State to four NCAA tournaments in five years before leaving for South Carolina.
Once Weber convinced the players to stay, and they got comfortable in his motion offense, they found their stride and surprised just about everyone by rising to the top of the Big 12. Even after losing at Oklahoma State on the final day of the regular season, the Wildcats got a share of their first regular-season conference title since 1977.
Weber didn't even bother watching Kansas' game at Baylor after getting home from Stillwater on Saturday night, assuming the Jayhawks would win to clinch the outright Big 12 title.
The disappointed coach was out on a walk with his dog, Penny, when he found out Kansas lost. Weber was near campus when all of a sudden car horns started honking and people yelled congratulations to him.
"I mean, obviously, when you get any kind of award like that, it means you had a successful season, and I couldn't be more pleased for our players,'' Weber said. "They just, from Day 1, you get a change of coaches and, you know, they bought in, and really slowly but surely built a trust factor, and our staff did a great job. We had a good locker room, good chemistry between coaches and players, and it all adds up to us having some success, and winning the league.''
Along with being the league's top non-freshman newcomer, Clyburn was a second-team pick with Oklahoma senior forward Romero Osby, Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez and Isaiah Austin, Baylor's 7-foot-1 freshman center.