The UMHoops All-Big Ten Team

Dylan Burkhardt

The Big Ten will announce the all-conference teams tonight at 7 PM on the Big Ten Network. In honor of the big day I put together my best effort at an All-Big Ten ballot including a first, second, third, defense, and freshmen team as well as a coach of the year. No two conference teams are alike so feedback is encouraged in the comments.

MVP: Kalin Lucas – Best player on the best team gets the MVP in my book.

First Team

  • Kalin Lucas – 14.6 ppg, 4.6 apg, 113.2 ORtg, 24.9% Usage
  • Talor Battle – 17.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 112.1 Ortg, 27.3% Usage
  • Evan Turner -16.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.8 apg,  108.2 Ortg, 28.8% Usage
  • Manny Harris – 17.1 ppg, 7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg, ORtg 106.5, 31.8% Usage
  • DeShawn Sims – 15 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 53.4 eFG%, 109.8 ORtg, 24.6% Usage

This one was really tough. Kalin Lucas, Talor Battle, Evan Turner, and Manny Harris were locks in my book. They all carried their teams and put up big numbers. The fifth spot came down to DeShawn Sims, JaJuan Johnson, and Kevin Coble. Yes, I might be a little biased but I really feel like DeShawn Sims’ season was good enough to warrant a spot on the first team. He carried Michigan down the stretch and was top 5 in both scoring and rebounding. I realize that the odds of Sims making the first team are very low because two players from a 9-9 team aren’t going to make it but I think that statistically he stacks up.

Second Team

  • Kevin Coble – 15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, ORtg 111.8, 24% usage
  • JaJuan Johnson – 13.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 56.6 eFG%, 113.3 ORtg, 23.8% Usage
  • Jamelle Cornley – 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 54.3 eFG%, 102.1 ORtg, 22.5% Usage
  • Marcus Landry – 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 55.3 eFG%, ORtg 111.8, 23.3% Usage
  • Craig Moore – 14.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 60.1 eFG%, 114.2 ORtg, 20.6% Usage

Coble and Johnson were both just left off of the first team but both had terrific seasons and easily could have been included, maybe the Big Ten needs a 6 person first team like the Big East. Johnson really stepped up for Purdue with Hummel out and is going to be a force in the Big Ten over the next couple years. Craig Moore has great numbers and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage. Cornley and Landry are two guys that don’t get a lot of mentions but basically hold their teams together.

Third Team

  • Jake Kelly -11.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, ORtg 103.3, 26% Usage
  • Mike Davis – 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 53.3 eFG%, 106.3 ORtg, 20.5 Usage
  • Raymar Morgan – 11.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg,  110.7 ORtg, 24.1% Usage
  • Robbie Hummel – 12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 119.4 ORtg, 54.8 eFG%, 21% usage
  • Goran Suton – 9.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 119.2 ORtg, 56.6 eFG%, 18.7% Usage

Jake Kelly has been hitting ridiculous shots down the stretch despite playing out of position (or maybe at his new position) at the point guard. Raymar Morgan and Robbie Hummel probably both would have been first team guys if their seasons weren’t damaged by injuries. Suton is a beast on the glass and effective enough on the offensive end, the conference champions deserve representation here. Mike Davis is a guy I really like and there were times when that midrange jumper was just dominant (and others when the Illini scored 33 points).

Honorable Mention: Demetri McCamey, Trevon Hughes, E’TWaun Moore, Lawrence Westbrook, Mike Tisdale, Durrell Summers, Stanley Pringle

All Defense: Travis Walton, Chester Frazier, Chris Kramer, JaJuan Johnson, Damian Johnson

Travis Walton is my defensive player of the year, he has locked down plenty of the best scorers in the country despite being smaller than most of them.

All-Freshmen: Matt Gatens, Delvon Roe, William Buford, Tom Pritchard, John Shurna

This freshmen class wasn’t nearly as dominant as last year’s but there are some nice players. Roe was a beast and he continued to improve as he got healthy, he is going to be something else next year. Gatens can flat out shoot the rock and also does a surprisingly good job of getting to the free throw line. Buford probably shoots too much but there is no denying his talent.

Coach of the Year: Bill Carmody. This one is really close because there are so many great coaches in the league. Bruce Weber, Ed DeChelis, and John Beilein all led their teams to dramatic improvement this year. 7-22 (1-17) to 17-12 (8-12) speaks for its self. Especially when you consider how many quality wins are on Northwestern’s resume and the fact that they won on the road against the top two teams in the league.

  • Avery Queen

    i’d say i agree 100%

  • raiderfan

    Dylan, I wan’t to let you know that you do a great job with this site man. It is second to none. I also agree 100% with your first team. The only problem is exactly what you said that it will be tough for a 9-9 team to get 2 first teamers. I think JJ will take Peedi’s spot on the first team even though Peedi is much more deserving. Great stuff though man!!!

  • I bet if you switch Coble with Sims you’d be dead on. No way he is 1st team but otherwise pretty good, Dylan.

  • I think Johnson will make the first team, best player on the second best team.

  • Placentasaurus

    It would be hard to put JJ on the first team over Deshawn, when Sims destroyed him the other night. I know that wouldnt really be a factor, but come on.

  • raiderfan

    Yeah, Coble probably has the least chance of the 3 to make first team, and it will most likely be Johnson, even though by comparison Simms had a much better statistical season.

  • raiderfan

    Also, I know this is unrelated, but I constanly find myself thinking this but could you guys imagine what we could have been like if Ekpe Udoh would have stayed. I hate playing the what if game but I can’t help but day dream. I honestly think we could have been in the top 3 or 4 of the Big Ten. Oh well though, great season and I hope and expect much more.

  • Rich

    No Novak or Douglass on 1st year team? No numbers are not as good, but those guys played integral roles. Obviously, can’t see both making it, but would hope that one would make it. Put my obvious bias in, but figured these guys need some advocates for their value on our first NCAA team in a loooong time.

  • ToBlav

    Nice job, very little to argue with. I, like Rich, expected to see Douglas and/or Novak on the freshman team. But on second thought, let’s keep them hungry.

  • Brent

    Not even saying he deserves to be on it, but BJ Mullens should be ashamed of himself for not being able to make first team with that as his competition.

  • Stu or Zack could have got a nod I suppose on the freshman team. I would guess that Mullens makes the freshman team on reputation alone though.

  • Benjamin

    Ekpe who? Those who stay will be champions.

  • Adam

    I think these teams look very accurate. And I think it’s a bit of a shame that DeShawn probably won’t make first team because he definitely had a great year and put up better numbers than every other big man in the conference.

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  • Rich

    Not that this is the exact forum for it, but who starts next year (assuming people come back)? Harris and Sims are locks, but who are the other three? Not just for first game of the season (which would tend to favor experienced guys) but for the “meat” of the season. Novak, Douglass, Grady, Gibson have earned the right (with Grady only being there for accepting without argument his demotion and being the best guy on our team that can break a press), but you also have Morris, Vogrich, Limans, Morgan, and Cronin who all have arguments (purely based on speculative potential). Thoughts?

  • AG2

    I agree with Brent. The consensus Big Ten’s Most Disappointing Player has to be BJ Mullens. As much talent as he had, he couldn’t even crack the starting lineup over Dallas Lauderdale. Considering his attitude and the fact that he’s seemingly in Matta’s doghouse, I highly doubt he stays next season.

  • No way on Sims.

  • raiderfan

    I see the starting 5 next year something like this

    pg-Morris (Grady had better get on JB’s good side)
    sg-Lucas-Perry (alot of guys here but I think LLP will emrege)
    sf-Harris (unless he for some crazy reason tests the nba waters)
    pf-Simms (see above line)
    c-Cronin (if his body lets him, much better option than Gibson)

    7-Grady (is he comes back)
    11-Wright (if he comes back)
    12-McLimans (possible redsirt, if not Morgan)
    13-Morgan (probable redshirt)

  • Good to see the Spartans getting some love, but can you really put Sims on the First Team? I guess we’ll find out tonight, but I’m pretty sure that you won’t see his name on the list. I’ll give you Harris, lol.

    Also, couldn’t agree more on Mullens being the biggest disappointment. The kid’s prolly still a lottery pick, in fact, Draft Express still has him going #14. He’s definitely gone after this one…

  • ben

    Why is their one big on the first team, and four on the second team?
    For next year, I think that Sims is better at the five position inside, the at the four outside. I doubt that in a few months Cronin will become a dominant big, he is a project.

  • lets start thinking of next years 1st team. lucas (msu),battle (penn st.), roe (msu), turner (osu), hummel (purdue). i don’t think harris comes back. why would he, they won’t be any better next year.

  • Avery Queen

    1) harris could use another year of development as his game has some holes (specifically his jump shot).

    2) why wouldn’t we better next year? we pretty much lose nothing (all respect due to lee), we gain freshmen who will probably contribute, and based on our turnaround from last year i would expect further development from every player.

    and why do people think sims shouldn’t make it? 5th in scoring, 3rd in rebounds. his turnaround jumper is probably the 2nd best move in the conference to turner’s crossover. the man is nearly nearly unguardable and has vastly improved his defense.