Inside the Hall’s 2015 All-Big Ten teams, awards

  • 03/09/2015 11:06 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

· D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State; Melo Trimble, Maryland; James Blackmon Jr., Indiana; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Vince Edwards, Purdue

Comment: The first three selections were clear cut and then McIntosh and Edwards get the nod ahead of Robert Johnson (Indiana), Aubrey Dawkins (Michigan), Leron Black (Illinois), Ricky Doyle (Michigan), Isaac Haas (Purdue), Muhammad- Ali Abdur-Rahkman (Michigan), Vic Law (Northwestern), Nate Mason (Minnesota), LouRawls Nairn (Michigan State) and Jae’Sean Tate (Ohio State). Overall, this was a much stronger freshman group than last season.

All-Big Ten defensive team

· Shannon Scott, Ohio State; A.J. Hammons, Purdue; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; Dez Wells, Maryland; Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

Comment: Each of these five guys were instrumental to their teams defensively for different reasons. Hammons has the ability to lock down the paint. Scott, Wells and Gasser are terrific as perimeter defenders and Dawson is the league’s best rebounder and was top 11 in the conference in both block and steal percentage.

All-Big Ten teams

· Third team: Malcolm Hill, Illinois; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State; Travis Trice, Michigan State; Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin; Jake Layman, Maryland

· Second team: Melo Trimble, Maryland; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; A.J Hammons, Purdue; Branden Dawson, Michigan State

· First team: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State; Dez Wells, Maryland; Aaron White, Iowa; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Comment: Three of the first team picks were clear cut in Kaminsky, Russell and White and then it was between Wells, Ferrell and Trimble for two spots. Even though Wells missed time in Big Ten play, he anchored the Big Ten’s best defense and received the nod over Trimble because of it.

Big Ten coach of the year: Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Comment: Turgeon started the season on the hot seat and guided Maryland to a second place finish in the program’s first season in the Big Ten. No one had Maryland as a top 10 team in the preseason and that’s where the Terrapins currently sit. And for that, Turgeon deserves major credit.

Big Ten freshman of the year: D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

Comment: There’s no debate here as Russell is clearly the lead guy in a very good group of Big Ten freshmen. As terrific as Trimble and Blackmon Jr. were for their respective teams, Russell was more dominant on a consistent basis and is the league’s second best player behind Kaminsky.

Big Ten sixth man of the year: Gabriel Olaseni, Iowa

Comment: Few teams have the luxury of bringing a guy with the size and athleticism of Olaseni off the bench and the numbers show that he was one of the league’s better big men. He finished the conference season as the league’s second best offensive rebounder and also in the top 10 in block percentage.

Big Ten player of the year: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Comment: This was an absolute no contest as Kaminsky is arguably the best player not just in the Big Ten, but in the country. It was his presence that led Wisconsin to a 16-1 mark in conference games in which he appeared with the lone blemish coming at Maryland last month.

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  • SCHoosier

    No real arguments here. I guess I’m a bit shocked that IU didn’t have somebody on the “All Defensive Team” ):

  • AUKevin

    I guess I’m a little surprised Troy didn’t make the 3rd team instead of Trice or Hayes.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not to go all “homer”, but there is a real case for Troy Williams over Sam Dekker. Dekker is bigger and a bit more polished, but he disappears at times and is more of a role player than a leading player (not putting him down; he is really good). Troy, in my view, plays more of a leading role, and while he does sometimes get a bit out of control, he is getting much better about that.

    Statistically, Troy is as good or better in almost every category:

    Similar numbers obviously. Dekker plays more minutes, but Wisconsin averages fewer possessions (although they also average fewer turnovers, so I suspect that all in all Dekker gets as many or more possessions per game as Troy). I get it that Dekker is viewed as the better player by most people, but I am not one of them. He is good, but I would take Troy.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Troy Williams over Layman or most others on the 3rd team. I’m not sure I agree with Wells or Trimble over Newbill for 1st team though… He leads all power conferences in scoring at around 22 PPG… All else looks spot on.

  • can make a case for kaminsky on the all defensive team

  • marcusgresham

    I was surprised not to see Williams on the list, but he’s had his moments where he disappears, too. When I see your statistical comparison I’m impressed, though, because I’ve always thought of Dekker as a very good player. Either way, I hope he’s a better decision maker than Kaminsky and takes his butt to the NBA after this season!

  • Arch Puddington

    Dekker IS really good, but I just don’t think as much of him as others do. He is more of an opportunist and a glue guy than one who really drives the action. At least from what I’ve seen, he is not the guy who posts up and demands the ball or who leads a fast break, he is the guy who gets the timely tap-in or makes a critical stop. He is really good at that role, and obviously I would love to have him on our team. But Troy, who plays on the edge and may or may not be the second coming of Dennis Rodman, can alter games in a way that I have not seen from Dekker. Its not necessarily something that can be gleaned from the stats, its just my sense of things.

    And like you, I hope Dekker goes away. I’ve seen him projected as a late first-rounder in a couple of places, to which I say “Sam, take the money and run!”

  • bvillehoosier

    Troy is way too inconsistent

  • bvillehoosier

    If they had ANY IU player on the all-defensive team I would question ITH’s sanity

  • KmanCRK

    How in the world was Troy Williams not on one of those teams? I’d say he was a 2nd teamer.

    How was nobody from IU on the All-Defensive Team? We got screwed.

  • KmanCRK

    I’m sure if you looked at Decker’s game log he has had games where he disappeared as well. But I’d say there are others that should be behind him.

  • Outoftheloop

    Haas over Edwards on the freshmen team. James over Trice on the 3rd team.

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  • Arch Puddington

    Numbers simply do not bear this out. Troy does play with more abandon, and I guess you could point to the fact that he commits one more turnover per game than Dekker as evidence of “inconsistency.” But TW handles the ball much more than Dekker. He hands out more assists and generally spends more time initiating offense off the dribble, so I am not convinced that he is even that much wilder than Dekker.

    As for game to game consistency, TW and Dekker have very similar numbers as far as highs and lows. Consider how many games each of them had at different point totals and different rebound totals:



    They had almost exactly the same number of games with low points or low rebounds, so it’s pretty hard to argue that Troy was less consistent. And in as much as TW had more games with high point or rebound totals, it’s not hard to argue that he played more games with a decisive impact. I mean, he had five double-doubles this year; Dekker had none.

    I actually hadn’t looked at these numbers until after a read your post, but to me they confirm my original point pretty neatly: both are really good, but Troy plays more of a leading role than Dekker and has more games in which he makes a big impact.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I hope you don’t mean James Blackmon Jr over Travis Trice….

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with all of that, but TW lagged in the most important statistic of all – W’s.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Troy should be the best Hoosier defender….but …anyway and JBJ didn’t make shots the 2nd have of B1G season and his defense is….well anyway…don’t think either should be on All-B1G teams

  • Arch Puddington

    Can’t blame Troy for the fact that he plays on a team with no quality post players. Swap Kaminsky for Perea and this season would have gone very differently for both teams….

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I don’t blame TW for the L’s —– I’m saying with the W’s come the awards.

  • SCHoosier

    For every spectacular lay..a bad play for most of the season.

  • SCHoosier

    Obviously I was being snarky:)

  • KmanCRK

    Decker isn’t even the 3rd best player on his own team.

  • marcusgresham

    I like both descriptions. You’re selling me.
    …and I don’t care if Troy shows up with green hair if he continues to improve.

  • marcusgresham

    His shot hasn’t been right since he injured his ankle. Don’t know if that’s cause or coincidence, but something is up there.

  • Outoftheloop

    Absolutely, James Blackmon Jr over Travis Trice. You can make a case either way. Scoring James #8 15.8 v Trice # 11 14.8; 3’s made James 69 in 30 games #6 v Trice 69 in 31 games #7; Trice is #1 in A/TO 3.4 and #2 in A 5.4; James is #20 in Reb 5.3 and #6 in FT % .821. Both are good!