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WVU junior guard Jevon Carter will return for his senior season at WVU. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) WVU junior guard Jevon Carter will return for his senior season at WVU. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
WVU defender Kadeisha Buchanan waves to the fans following an NCAA Tournament win in Morgantown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) WVU defender Kadeisha Buchanan waves to the fans following an NCAA Tournament win in Morgantown. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

All the nominees for Big 12 Athlete of the Year have been announced and senior guard Jevon Carter and five-time All-American Kadeisha Buchanan are West Virginia’s candidates.

Buchanan, the most decorated WVU women’s soccer student-athlete, won the 2016 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy and was the program’s first four-time NSCAA All-American. She was named the 2016 EspnW and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Year, and was also nominated for an ESPY.

She was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors four years in a row. She and the WVU defense posted a nation- and program-best 18 shutouts in 2016 en route to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NCAA College Cup, where she was named the NCAA Tournament Defensive MVP.

The defender started 90-of-91 career matches and finished with 25 (8 goals, 9 assists) career points. She helped Canada claim the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

Carter submitted his name for consideration in the NBA Draft a few months ago, and decided to return to Morgantown for his senior season.

WVU’s male nominee for Big 12 Athlete of the Year, Jevon Carter, led the Mountaineers in scoring with 13.5 points per game and was named the National Defensive Player of the Year for his play last season. He tallied 92 steals, with an average of 2.5 per game, to lead WVU to the Sweet Sixteen and to the title game of the Big 12 conference tournament.

Fans will then be able to vote for their male and female choices on July 23-25, fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award.

To cast your vote, click here.

Here are the candidates for Big 12 Athlete of the Year:

Texas Tech
Gabriela Talaba - Tennis
Trey Culver - Track & Field

Texas
Chrisann Gordon - Track & Field
Will Licon - Swimming & Diving

TCU
Brenley Goertzen - Cross Country/Track & Field
Cameron Norrie -  Tennis

Oklahoma State
Vanessa Shippy - Softball
Jawun Evans - Basketball

Oklahoma
Maggie Nichols - Gymnastics
Samaje Perine - Football

Kansas State
Nina Schultz - Track & Field
Jordan Willis - Football

Iowa State
Jhoanmy Luque, Track & Field
Monte Morris, Basketball

Kansas
Sharon Lokedi - Cross Country/Track & Field
Frank Mason III - Basketball

Baylor
Lindsey Cargill - Softball
Troy Montemayor - Baseball

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