OU men's basketball: Brady Manek named Oklahoma AAU's Jim Thorpe Player of the Year
NORMAN — OU men's basketball forward Brady Manek was named the Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Athlete of the Year on Friday by the Oklahoma District of the Amateur Athletic Union.
Manek, a senior from Harrah, was presented the award at practice. Previous Sooners athletes to win the award include Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield, Gerald McCoy and Jason White.
The Oklahoma AAU's executive committee determined the winner, considering nominations of amateur athletes with Oklahoma ties in any sport.
"It's a great honor to win this award," Manek said in a release. "Being from Oklahoma, it's always special to be associated with Jim Thorpe and his legacy. I'm grateful for my teammates and coaches who have helped put me in a position to succeed."
Manek has averaged 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds through his first three seasons with the Sooners. Last season, Manek averaged 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, both career highs. He has started 91 of the Sooners' last 97 games.
Manek is the only player in program history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 150 3-pointers and 75 blocks.
"He's had a terrific career at OU while always displaying strong integrity and character," Sooners coach Lon Kruger said in a release. "He's a great ambassador for our program and university. We're very happy for him and his family on an award that's much deserved."