Voted on by the league's coaches, Graham was a unanimous selection over Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young, who leads the nation in scoring (27.5 points per game) and assists (8.9). Young's hot start to the season vaulted him to the top of the national player of the year conversation. But he struggled in conference play, and the Sooners went 1-7 in February to tumble all the way to the No. 9 seed for this week's Big 12 tournament.
Young was a first-team selection alongside Graham and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Graham averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 assists for the Jayhawks.