In what is probably the least surprising news of awards season, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was named Big Ten Player of the Year today, the first of what will likely be many awards sitting on his shelf over the course of the next three weeks.
Kaminsky averaged 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game overall this season, and even upped his scoring average to 19.9 in Big Ten play. He’s joined on both the media and coaches’ first team All-Big Ten team by Ohio State’s dynamic D’Angelo Russell — the freshman of the year in the league — Iowa’s Aaron White and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell. The media gave the fifth spot to Maryland’s Melo Trimble, whereas the coaches gave it to his teammate Dez Wells.
The media and coaches also agree on the second team, as Trimble/Wells were joined by A.J. Hammons of Purdue, Branden Dawson of Michigan State, D.J. Newbill of Penn State and Sam Dekker from Wisconsin. Both third teams featured Michigan State’s Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine, Nebraska’s Nigel Hayes, and Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin. The coaches’ third team featured Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, and the media’s third team featured Maryland’s Jake Layman.
The coach of the year award was also split down the middle, as the media voted Mark Turgeon and the coaches voted Bo Ryan. Each had different, difficult tasks this season that they handled well, so it’s good to see them both get recognized for their efforts.
Purdue’s Raphael Davis was named defensive player of the year, the sixth time a Boilermaker has won the award since 2003. He’s joined by his teammate Hammons, Illinois’ Nnanna Egwu, Michigan State’s Dawson and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser.
The All-Freshman team consisted of Russell, Trimble, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh and Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate.
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