2012 All-Big Ten teams announced, Zeller honored

  • 03/05/2012 7:24 pm in

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

Indiana freshman Cody Zeller was named to the second team and is the coaches pick for freshman of the year.

Christian Watford was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the coaches and media. Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo were All-Big Ten honorable mention picks by the media. Oladipo was named to the all-defensive team by the coaches.

Reaction from Zeller and full All-Big Ten teams after the jump.

On his reaction to hearing the news of winning freshman of the year as selected by the coaches:

“It’s definitely a great honor winning freshman of the year. The Big Ten is definitely a great conference. It’s a great honor.”

On where he was when he heard the news and how he reacted:

“Our S.I.D. told me just a little while ago and I’d been kind of waiting for it today. It’s definitely exciting.”

On how he dealt with the pressure and being labeled as a “savior”:

“I didn’t worry too much about the pressure I just came in every day and tried to work hard. I get a lot of the credit, but a lot of the guys, Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, a lot of those guys improved so much over the summer that I don’t deserve all of the credit.”

On whether he ever had doubts or thought things were going to be tougher than he originally thought:

“Being a freshman and playing in the Big Ten, there’s always going to be a few of those moments, but I tried not to worry about it too much and just tried to work hard every day in practice.”

On whether the team has set any specific goals for the Big Ten Tournament:

“Of course we want to win the Big Ten championship, but we’re just going to take it one game at a time. We’re worried about Penn State on Thursday and we’re not going to look past that game.”

On whether the team talks internally about their potential in the NCAA Tournament:

“Not really. We’ll see where we’re placed, what seed we’re at, but like I said we’re just going to take it one game at a time and kind of see where it takes us.”

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  • marcusgresham

    Only way to rectify it is to get over it and sweep the all-tourney team awards.

  • Waffle

    Uh……D.J Byrd*
    *Hummel is underrated by the way. He gets respect since he is a senior….

  • InTheMtns

    You make a good point about them being unranked to start the season (although several in the media had them in their top 25), so from that aspect they achieved a lot. I am a big fan of Izzo and always follow and root for MSU other than when they play IU. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I just haven’t been consistently impressed with them this year. You also make a good point about not placing too much on the last two games. At the same time, though, we’ve got to notice that MSU had a two game lead for sole possession of the title and they failed to pull it off. That doesn’t speak COY to me. They are now saying they will win the B1G tournament to claim the title. Other than IU, that’s who I’m cheering for. I hope it is IU of course. But if it’s a team other than us, I don’t think it will be MSU. 

  • Amosandandy

    It sure would be great to use the questionable Coach of the Year selection as fuel for the HOOSIERS to make a great run in the up and coming games. And wouldn’t it be swell to hang number two on Kentucky if we got a chance.

  • Ryan Goods

    Tom Izzo
    +record improvement- 5 wins
    +player impact- player of year, 1 first team player, 1 all defensive team player, 1 3rd team player, 1 all freshman team player

    Tom Crean
    +record improvement- 12 wins
    +player impact- freshman of year, 1 all freshman team player, 1 all defensive team player

    both teams same record, 1-1 against each other.

    Seems like an easy choice. Tom Crean improved more, and did more with less talent. Tom Crean is the Coach of the Year.