Inside the Hall’s 2014 All-Big Ten teams, awards

  • 03/10/2014 9:29 am in

The Big Ten will announce its All-Big Ten teams and awards later tonight, but here’s the Inside the Hall staff’s selections for the various honors that will be handed out:

All-Big Ten freshman team

· Noah Vonleh, Indiana; Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Derrick Walton, Michigan; Kendrick Nunn, Illinois; Zak Irvin, Michigan

Comment: The first four selections were no-brainers, but the last slot went to Irvin over Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson and Purdue’s Kendall Stephens because he played valuable minutes on a team that finished 15-3 and he made 42.6 percent of his 3s in league play. Irvin was also the fourth most efficient freshman.

All-Big Ten defensive team

· Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Jordan Morgan, Michigan; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Shannon Scott, Ohio State; A.J. Hammons, Purdue

Comment: The Buckeyes land two players on our all-defensive team for anchoring the Big Ten’s best defense. Morgan hasn’t received enough credit for helping hold things together in the post for the Wolverines after the loss of Mitch McGary. Despite playing for last place Purdue, Hammons led the conference in blocks.

All-Big Ten teams

· Third team: Aaron Craft, Ohio State; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; Aaron White, Iowa; Noah Vonleh, Indiana; Deandre Mathieu, Minnesota

· Second team: Devyn Marble, Iowa; LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Caris LeVert, Michigan; Adreian Payne, Michigan State

· First team: Nik Stauskas, Michigan; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Terran Petteway, Nebraska; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Comment: The closest call was between Ferrell and Marble for first team honors and it really could have gone either way, but no Big Ten team depended more on a player than Indiana did Ferrell, so he received the nod for the final spot.

Big Ten coach of the year: Tim Miles, Nebraska

Comment: Michigan’s John Beilein was plenty deserving of this award as the Wolverines won the conference outright by three games without McGary. Miles gets the nod, however, because he took the Cornhuskers, picked by many to finish last in the conference in the preseason, to an 11-7 record and a probable NCAA tournament bid.

Big Ten freshman of the year: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Comment: Vonleh missed two games, but he’s the runaway winner for this award because of his ability to dominate the glass and also score in a variety of ways. Statistically, no other freshman in the league really came close to his numbers.

Big Ten sixth man of the year: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Comment: Hayes earned the trust of Bo Ryan, who typically doesn’t like to play freshmen, very early in the season and averaged close to 10 points in league play for the Badgers, who finished second in the standings.

Big Ten player of the year: Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Comment: At one point, this was a close race between Stauskas and Harris, but the sharpshooter from Canada pulled away late as the Wolverines proved they were the league’s best team from start to finish. Michigan was great in the Big Ten because of its ability to score efficiently and Stauskas’ effective field goal percentage of 59.7 was a major reason why.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to all of the honorees…especially Noah Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell. Yogi improved so much between his Freshman and Sophomore season and his work ethic/improvement should be something the current crop of players look at and emulate (and hopefully something Yogi can continue to exhibit this offseason). If the current returning players can improve to a somewhat comparable degree, guys like Troy Williams and Stan Robinson could very easily find themselves on an All-Big Ten team next season.

  • calbert40

    Not much to argue with here. I think you have come up with a quality list. I especially like the choice of Miles over Beilein for COY. Both are extremely deserving, but I think Miles did a job similar to what Crean did in ’11-’12. He should have won that year also. I’m not certain I could argue with Stauskas as POY, but if we gave the award to the true MVP, I think I’d give it to Petteway. He was the biggest reason they moved from the cellar to tourney bye team.

  • OhioHoosier

    I feel like yogi is going to get snubbed

  • Nick Claghorn

    I agree.

  • Outoftheloop

    A pretty big “disconnect” between Noah being the projected #7-10 pick in the NBA draft and him being on your 3rd team for All-B1G. Yes, I know the “mantra”: college play…helped his team in the B1G… NBA drafts on potential not performance… etc. But the criteria should be: which 5 guys do I want on my team today? My answer would be: Noah, Payne, Harris, Marble, and Petteway, in that order! If you want a “team” by position, then you add Yogi as the PG to those 5!

  • SCHoosier

    Yogi deserves his spot..probably will be on second teams in many other polls. I might have put Marble over Harris who had some erratic games.
    Re: freshman team..I think Stan and Troy’s TO’s and 3 pt shooting averages probably keep them off the first team..altho give Troy another month and he might be there..coming on!

  • Brian Goodman

    The issue is they don’t do these teams by actual positions anymore. Is he the best PG? No doubt. But if the writers decide to do 2 guards and 3 forwards or 2 forwards and a center, they’ll put Stauskas and Harris as the 2 guards.

  • cdog

    I am going to be so sad if Noah goes pro. Just think we will only have three players over 6’7″ next year and they didn’t contribute to our last game.
    Hanner DNP
    Jukin DNP
    Hollowell 10 minutes
    Any freshman we get at this point is not going to be an improvement on the above three players. I hope there is a 7 footer out there that is a 5th year guy. Otherwise, IU will be the shortest team in the Big10 next year. Ouch! The good new is that all of those bigs we are recruiting for ’15 will get plenty of freshman PT.