The stunning rise of Texas forward Jaxson Hayes culminated in his being named Big 12 freshman of the year, the conference announced Sunday morning.

Hayes is the sixth UT player to earn the accolade, joining T.J. Ford in 2001-02, Daniel Gibson in 2004-05, Kevin Durant in 2006-07, Tristan Thompson in 2010-11 and Myles Turner in 2014-15.

The bouncy 6-foot-11 out of Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and a team-high 2.3 blocks in 31 games.

Texas coach Shaka Smart inserted Hayes into the starting lineup for ineffective sophomore Jericho Sims on Dec. 28 against UT-Arlington and he remained there for the final 20 games of the regular-season.