Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. earn third team All-Big Ten honors

  • 03/06/2017 6:01 pm in

The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and two Indiana players were recognized.

Sophomore Thomas Bryant earned All-Big Ten third team honors as selected by the league’s coaches and media. Junior James Blackmon Jr. was named third team All-Big Ten by the media. Blackmon Jr. was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches.

The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the coaches and media: Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Minnesota’s Nate Mason, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Iowa’s Peter Jok.

Swanigan was named the Big Ten player of the year by the coaches and the media. Miles Bridges of Michigan State was named the Big Ten freshman of the year by the coaches and the media.

Bridges was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media and was joined by Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh and Malcolm Hill of Illinois. Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig was named All-Big Ten second team by the league’s coaches and Nebraska’s Tai Webster was named All-Big Ten second team by the media.

Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year by the league’s coaches. He was joined on the all-defensive team by Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Zak Showalter, Northwestern’s Vic Law and Purdue’s Dakota Mathias.

Minnesota’s Richard Pitino was named the Big Ten coach of the year. A complete list of the All-Big Ten conference teams is available below:

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  • calbert40 – AC000000

    True, but I’m sure a lot of opponents can say something similar after they’ve lost to Syracuse. To beat SU, you have to be hitting your outside shots, and we didn’t. Also, when their two guards on the perimeter were 6’4″ and 6’6″ going against our two guards who were very generously listed at 6’0″, it isn’t hard to see why we struggled that game.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I don’t think maturity plays much of a factor in going to the NBA. The NBA is littered with spoiled man-children, felons, floppers, wanna-be gangsters, etc. Without naming names, compared to some cases we’ve seen, Bryant has a pretty clean record and is plenty “mature” if he wants to go to the NBA.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Agreed! I’m even hoping someday they will actually call offensive fouls for initiating contact. For example, when you shot fake and get a guy to jump past you, then you unnaturally lean over, falling sideways, to ensure he hits you while “shooting” (or casually tossing the ball toward the goal), how is that a foul on the defense? Sorry for the soapbox moment!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Good points! Having guards who can drive and pass is huge for this system. Right now we have guards who attempt to drive, but often put passes off target, throw them away, dribble off their feet, etc. TB ate defenses alive when a Yogi dashed into the lane, defense collapsed toward him, TB just waited for the dish and dunk!

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    IDK how Cal does it, and I won’t give voice to the thoughts that run around in my head concerning his ability to recruit.

    We certainly would have been a better team with McIntosh. I just don’t think it is entirely fair to give coaches crap for not signing a 3 star recruit who has publicly stated that PT was a significant motivation for him signing at a lesser school. Some players want to play for a Name school regardless of PT (see: Priller, Tim), and others want to be the star and be the team leader in nearly every category from the moment they set foot on campus (see: Fultz, Markelle). Hard to ding a coach when he can’t promise the one thing that is the most significant motivator for a player.

  • Mark Bando

    that was the comment i was going to make………..

  • Veritas238

    What if he coaches next year and we squeak into the NCAA tourney and don’t make it past the Sweet 16? Then what? At what point do you go another direction?

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I think it is the national exposure.
    Most of the kids there aren’t going to be there 4 years.
    I also saw where their classes are set up in a way that if a young man was going leave after a year there was a bare minimum of classroom time!
    Just my guess though!

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’m surprised in that quote he didn’t mention academics. For a kid who more than likely won’t be playing in the NBA or making millions overseas, I’m surprised he didn’t say he chose NW because it is an academic school. Which leads me to a question. Do athletes going to NW have to have the same grades and test scores as non athletes there? I always wondered how Duke, another academic school, got so many 5 stars.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Wouldn’t knowing that 5 and 4 star recruits have a high probability of playing only 1 or 2 years and BM getting a chance to learn and receive bench minutes and then starting 2-3 years make him want to come here? Not many thought Yogi was a 4 year player and JB at least a 3 year player. I think these kids just tell the media whatever is the politically correct thing to say.

  • Lynn

    The top coaches in the ACC have no trouble beating Syracuse.

  • Lynn

    Like a lot of IU fans, i do have mixed emotions about CTC. He came to IU when no one else was interested. He did a good job of turning things around. Yes, really.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I agree with your post the most although I might add I think JB’s many injuries play a bigger part than lack of defense. The NBA is loaded with guys who can’t play D. TB I’d agree, early second round. Various drafts have him anywhere from 18th to not being in the 1st or second. OG, I agree, his stock is hard to figure. Most mock drafts still have him first round with a couple in the 2nd. My guess is they think he will make a full recovery. As far as what he’s proven, that doesn’t matter much considering he is freakishly athletic. 7’3 wingspan who can touch his head on the rim will be hard to pass up, plus he’s a good kid and coachable.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I like your way of thinking and also agree, but it all depends on outside voices mainly CTC’s.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Syracuse was really good that year. They were ranked #16 in the AP heading into the NCAA. They had Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney, CJ Fair, etc. That was a really, really good team.

    And the ACC is flipping fantastic this year, and they still finished over .500 in the conference despite only going 8-5 in their non-conference. I’d say they have done pretty well against really good competition. ALSO…those teams play them every year and are better prepared. We played them just once. Anything can happen in one game.

    Side note – I can’t believe we are STILL talking about the stupid loss to Syracuse from that year. It’s ridiculous.

  • vicbert caladipo

    That’s pretty harsh PC. “you’re a mess”. I don’t get why some of you feel the need to insult someone just for giving an opinion you don’t agree with. I seriously think you owe her an apology. Totally uncalled for by someone who doesn’t have a history of being a troll.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I took from his quote that he wanted to play immediately. I do think you are right that the recruits just say what they believe people what to hear.

    Dakich mentioned that during a game recently, specifically about JBJ. He suggested that some players tell a reporter whatever is the “appropriate” thing to say regardless of whether he intends to deliver or not.

  • vicbert caladipo

    And it is my belief that coaches teach that.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Good question. I am sure that some concessions are made at schools like Duke, but you also hear stories about how much harder it is to recruit at a school like Notre Dame in comparison to some SEC schools in football due to academics.

    NW has really high standards. For public universities, the B1G schools are considered more prestigious academically than most public schools (with a couple exceptions…looking at you OSU).

  • KingofKentucky

    Priller made the All-Screen-Team!

  • IULore

    I hear they take care of you down there, if ya know what I mean.

  • AndyCapp

    Who woulda thought a tool like Doyel would stir such debate?!? No reflection on your opinion about the article, just about the guys disposition in general.

    You know Lynn, I think we are ALL appreciative of what CTC did for us back in 2006. It was a hot mess and there weren’t a lot of good coaches vying to come here after KS. But after the turn around he was HANDSOMELY rewarded with a lucrative, long term contract.

    In the years since the contract extension he continues to be a good guy who runs a clean program with emphasis on academics. All positives to be sure. But he has also shown to be just an above-average coach (in terms of W/L), capable of extremes (multiple times winning B1G one year and flameouts the next), and his numbers (W/L and recruiting) are trending downward.

    If you believe all of what I wrote, which are actual stats not just my opinion, WHY do you think he deserves to stay around here another year? Not mocking you, I really want to know if your opinion is purely subjective (like Doyel’s) or is it based on some other objective criteria?

  • AndyCapp

    Re: your side note, I agree… but it’s also the same reason why Syracuse fans STILL talk of Smart’s ’87 shot… it hurts

  • pcantidote

    Sorry, but I have no patience for the crowd that was calling for his job after the Syracuse game. I just changed it to “you’re opinions are a mess” if that helps, but I really don’t feel bad. How do you know it is a she?

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Sure, but some fans act like Syracuse was a directional school from a one bid conference. They were REALLY good. We lost to a REALLY good team. It happens, and we would all do well to move on.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I thought about that. Could be short for Lyndon or the son of Lynn Swan? Regardless your edit is more acceptable. The first way was too personal. I’d rather save personal attacks on a Peeyoo fan not one of our own. And for all I know Sandra is a man too

  • vicbert caladipo

    4 putts haha. Wonder what happened to him, hoosier ken,, milla red, ex old iu gymnast and a few others

  • Lynn

    Wasn’t IU the number 2? And they probably could have been number 1?

  • Mr.Bailey

    I think TB would have had better numbers this year if he would have played in the post instead of trying to impress nba scouts with his wing play. Cody Zeller played inside, shot very few 3 pointers and was number 4 pick in the draft

  • Larry Brown

    gotta play it to make that team
    Wonder if OG wouldve been on there if no injury . I figured before the season he was a lock on defensive player of the year, but he wasn’t playing like it even before all his injuries

  • Larry Brown

    Nah, JBJ has reached his ceiling, and probably TB too. In both cases, the athleticism is just lacking. Sad for JBJ because a lot of that is due to the injuries.

  • Larry Brown

    Yes I’ve been thinking that too.. He hasn’t proven much yet as a college player and is SO raw on offense still.

  • Larry Brown

    So TB is a 3rd-teamer again, no improvement, which begs the question — has he reached his ceiling?

  • pcantidote

    Now now, be nice to Sandra.

  • Guyton25

    Yeah athleticism is king in modern basketball, but I think people are blinded by it currently. There will be some really bad investments really soon based purely off athleticism that will remind the basketball landscape that basketball IQ, the intangibles, and fundamentals are timeless traits. At least I hope so, lol. I hate how the positions are melding together and roles are being phased out. My favorite positions are still a pure PG like Stockton and a post bulldozer like Shaq.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Yes. And?

    Is it unthinkable that one ranked team could beat a higher ranked team in a one game situation on a neutral court? It isn’t like IU lost to Mount St. Mary’s.

  • AndyCapp

    No argument on that from my side on letting it go. That year Syracuse WAS a good team and they have a HoF coach. But WE were a REALLY good team too. In hindsight, we may have peaked too early in the season and the injuries we carried into the tourney were just too big to overcome. But we HAD future 2/4 draft picks and were out-played and out-coached and I think THAT is why many of the fans won’t be able to let it go… at least while CTC is coach

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    A couple of years ago, Crean acknowledged that his practice and training methods were causing his teams to peak too early and get tired later in the year.

    I know that coaches are judged based on how they perform in March, and it was a disappointing loss when we all had visions of Banner #6 dancing in our heads. For me, though, it is just really unfair to judge a coach based on how his team performs on one night. I think if we played SU 10 times, we likely split 5-5 or 6-4 with them. When you have a 40-50 percent chance of losing a game to an opponent, I have a hard time raking a coach over the coals for losing. When two good teams play one another, a lot of variables affect the outcome of the game. We shot terribly that night. We shot 33 percent overall from the floor, and just 20 percent from behind the arc, and an uncharacteristic 15-24 from the FT line. Credit their D for a lot of that, but we also just missed some shots we normally hit.

  • Lynn

    IU was #1 most of that year and should have been the overall number 1 seed. IU should have been able to beat Syracuse. Sure there are upsets in the tournament, but they should have won.

  • Lynn

    Who cares if you have patience. The IU team was number 1 most of the season and should have been the overall number 1 seed, should have done better in the B1g and NCAA tournaments.

  • AndyCapp

    Well we started talking about wanting to put the Syracuse game in the rear view mirror but have evolved into something more philosophical.

    No one, certainly not me, is judging CTC on this one game. It is just another example, in a long line of examples, of underperforming in the tourney’s where higher stakes and more important hardware and reputations are won. Even Alex, a fairly neutral moderator, acknowledged this (doing poorly in tournaments which have larger implications than reg. season titles) as being one of CTC’s big failures (paraphrasing).

  • pcantidote

    Oh now we are an internet tough guy, eh? Give me a break. Your logic is ridiculous. You under-perform in the tournament one year and that means fire the coach? How stupid. Congrats, your logic just fired Coach Knight in 1975 and Coach K in 1985.

  • Lynn

    You whine about your patience then call a girl an interent tough guy? Knight lost one game in 75 when the star player got injured? Thats a lame comparison. You’re a mess.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Sorry to wax philosophical on you 🙂 I just remember that being a big topic of conversation a few years ago when Crean said it, and I think it fits there.

    RE – underperforming in the tourney, I don’t believe that’s a fair statement. In 2012, we were a 4, and we made the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual champion UK (and giving them their toughest game of the tourney…if it wasn’t for them going something like 30-31 from the FT line, we may have beaten them). In 2015, we were a 10, and we lost to a terribly underseeded WSU in the 1st round. Last year, we were a 5 and we made the Sweet 16, beating UK along the way.

    The only year that we have underperformed our seed was in ’13. So, we’ve performed to our seed line twice, under our seed line once, and above our seed line once. That may not be good enough, but I don’t think it is the shoddy NCAA tourney record that many like to consider it.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    “should have been able.”

    Yes, but games aren’t played on paper. I recall when that bracket came out that many analysts said Syracuse was a bad match-up for IU, if it happened, specifically because of their length at guard, and if we shot poorly, we’d struggle. That’s precisely what happened.

  • AndyCapp

    But you are equating performance only to our rankings going in. CTC has missed the tourney more times than he has made it. He is a barely adequate 6-4 in the NCAA Tourney. Horrible would be 0-1 wins. Bad would be a losing record. He is barely above average in the tourney. Saying CTC and the team(s) have performed adequately in relation to their seeding ignores the fact that their seeding’s haven’t been higher BECAUSE CTC’s teams tend to trend down going INTO the tourney. Three Sweet 16’s in nine years under CTC is certainly not shoddy. But he has never OVER-performed, only under-performed or average. Barely having a winning record, and missing the tourney in more years than you have made it is hardly something for a program/coach to promote.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Come on…be reasonable. If you are going to count those first three years against him, I don’t see the point of having this conversation. You keep moving the goal posts in this discussion. That’s just ridiculous.

  • AndyCapp

    Sorry, didn’t mean to be “moving the goal posts”. Was looking at prior stats and did not see that they were starting it out at CTC’s first year. I think we reasonable fans do not start the clock ticking until his year 3. I edited my post. The ONLY thing it changes, however, is the number of years he has failed to reach the tourney (not including this year which we have a VERY outside chance of making). The rest ALL still holds true, true?

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Thanks for the correction. Too many people ding Crean for what happened early just to make a point. I get a little rankled over it!

    We haven’t made it enough times. No argument. When we have made it, we’ve done pretty well, though, all things considered.

  • AndyCapp

    All things considered, we’ll agree to disagree 😉 Thanks Cbert!