MJ on Big Ten awards

MJ on Big Ten awards

Beat writer Marcus Jackson offers his take on the Big Ten awards

Player of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
The sophomore point guard is a favorite for National Player of the Year accolades and becomes the first Wolverine since Glen Rice (1989) to win the award. Burke was second in the league in scoring (19.2) and led in assists (6.8).

Coach of the Year: Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
The Badgers’ coach wins the award for the third time following a season in which he led Wisconsin to a top-four finish in Big Ten play for the 12th time in 12 years despite losing point guard Josh Gasser before the season.

Freshman of the Year: Gary Harris, Michigan St.
The 6-foot-4 swingman was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten pick after leading league rookies in scoring (13.2 points per game) and steals (1.4) for the Spartans.

Sixth Man of the Year: Will Sheehey, Indiana
The Hoosiers’ senior edged Wisconsin’s flashy freshman Sam Dekker for the award after averaging 9.5 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Big Ten champs, becoming the first Hoosier to win the 7-year-old award.

Defensive Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo, Ind.
The Hoosiers’ do-it-all junior is an All-America candidate. He led the Big Ten in steals (2.2), unseating All-Defensive team pick Aaron Craft for the league’s top for the honor.

All-Big Ten first team
Coaches

Trey Burke, Michigan
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio St.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

Media
Trey Burke, Michigan
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio St.
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Burke, Oladipo, Thomas and Zeller were unanimous choices in the media vote and were all no-brainers. The real question was who would be the fifth player? Hardaway got the nod from the coaches, likely from his torrid start to the season that led Michigan to the No. 1 spot in the country. Craft has shaken his reputation as strictly a defender and has become an offensive threat, and he is Ohio State’s unquestioned leader.

Illinois' Brandon Paul was selected third team by both the media and coaches, and D.J. Richardson was third-team by the coaches and honorable mention from the media.

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