White and Gordon headline All-Big Ten teams

  • 03/10/2008 5:50 pm in

whitegordon.jpgThe Big Ten announced the All-Conference teams on Monday evening and as expected, both the media and coaches have selected D.J. White as the Player of the Year.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named the best player in a league that has so many great players in it. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and family for helping me obtain this personal goal. We still have a number of team goals left and we are looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament this weekend,” White said in a statement released by IU Media Relations.

Joining White on the first team All-Big Ten for the media: Eric Gordon, Jamar Butler, Robbie Hummel and Brian Butch. On the coaches side of things, the first team was White, Gordon, Hummel, Butch and Drew Neitzel.

Gordon was also named Freshman of the Year by both the media and coaches.

“I really want to thank my coaches and teammates, ” Gordon said. “This is an honor to be considered the best freshman in the league, especially when so many freshmen in the Big Ten are having great seasons.”

Indiana guard Armon Bassett was a third team selection by the media and coaches and Jamarcus Ellis was named honorable mention by the media. Adam Ahlfeld was the sportsmanship award honoree for the Hoosiers.

Among the other notable awards: Matt Painter was named Coach of the Year by the media and coaches; Jason Bohannon was named Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches; Chris Kramer was named Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

For a complete list of the All-Big Ten teams, click here.

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  • BrianK

    When was last time we had 2 people on first team all Big Ten and we were feelign this bad?

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    I had Ahlfeld penciled in for the sportsmanship award in November, pay up bitches

  • Jay

    This is so great for DJ. In the NBA, I hope he makes 90 trillion dollars, wins 20 straight world championships, then buys the Wall Street Journal when he retires.

  • Rory

    i know. We have some of the best players in the big ten, but I still feel like we had an awful season..when in reality we had a pretty good one.

  • Chris

    This is the worst best season ever. But we'll know soon enough whether it is 'more worst' or 'more best'.

  • Tom Coverdale IU Hero

    If Eric can start hitting his three like he was early we will be great no1 in the country will stop DJ because he wants it more then anyone and they have just the right compliment of players to go far

  • AndyZ

    DJ White.

    He reminds me of the hard working kids “backin the day” like Calbert Cheaney, Alan Henderson, Brain Evans, Eric Anderson et al who us fans RECOGNIZED as the heart and soul of past teams. DJ really has endured a lot while at IU, and he will always be remembered as sticking with IU – not Davis or Sampson – but I.N.D.I.A.N.A. This I think will be his legacy.

    Eric Gordon.

    I will always remember EJ because I gasped every time he drove recklessly into the lane. I prayed he would be fouled going to the hoop (he never makes the shot – ever), and not:

    A.) dribbled off of his foot
    B.) have it stolen
    C.) have it swatted
    D.) travel
    E.) double dribble
    F.) step out of bounds

    You know you all do the same thing. He does have a knack for getting his 21 point every game, and he does a fair job on the defensive end. One thing that I don't like is he isn't very scrappy or seem to go at 110% like guys like DJ, Lance, or Taber.

    Anyways, I guess my point is DJ is very deserving of his award and EJ sort of got his award by because no one else wanted it (The big ten frosh weren't as stellar as years past, contrary to popular belief).

    CHEERS to the Hoosiers on Friday, and GO MINNESOTA on Thursday.

  • HoosierSmitty

    This goes against what everyone is currently thinking, but I think EJ has TRIED to improve his game lately.

    He's gone to the offensive glass much more lately (i.e. two monster put back dunks). He's attempted to hit midrange jumpshots…(think about a few during the Penn State game…especially that turnaround he made).
    His 3 point shot is off…but he's taking open shots…so what can you say?
    He's still getting his points

    I'm still frustrated with his play…he turns the ball over way too much and is just plain out of control…but I DO see some signs of EJ attemping to improve his game.

  • I would definitely agree that it does appear that he's working on some of the things that he had been criticized for earlier in the year (it does seem that all of a sudden he's a lot more aggressive toward getting offensive rebounds).

    I think the frustrating thing is that he's doing it alone. Neither Sampson nor Dakich seem to be working with him to improve his game, they've just taken any semblance of a leash and letting him “do his thing”, which is really frustrating as a fan when you want to see your favorite players getting better.

  • BriscoeDisco

    It must be tough for a player of Gordon's quality to play with schlubs like Deandre, Lance, Jordan Crawford, basically everyone except DJ and Armon. He will be better in the NBA where he will be surround by players more on his level.

  • BriscoeDisco

    It must be tough for a player of Gordon's quality to play with schlubs like Deandre, Lance, Jordan Crawford, basically everyone except DJ and Armon. He will be better in the NBA where he will be surround by players more on his level.