2012 All-Big Ten Teams Announced; Trey Burke shares Freshman of the Year

Michigan 67, Northwestern 55 7
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The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and several Michigan players were among the honorees.

Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke was named to the second team and also selected as the media’s freshman of the year.

Tim Hardaway Jr. was named to the the third team while Zack Novak was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer by the media.

Full All-Big Ten teams and reactionary video and quotes from Trey Burke after the jump.

Trey Burke on All-Big Ten, Freshman of the Year:


On being named Freshman of the Year after winning the Big Ten regular-season title … “It’s great, but it’s just great to be able to come in here and play with a great group of guys and have three great seniors in Zack (Novak), Stu (Douglass) and Corey (Person). I definitely would not have been able to win this without my teammates hitting shots and making plays.”

On watching the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game with his teammates … “It was crazy. On the plane, everyone was hyped up and everyone was worried about what the score was. I think the score was 6-4 when we took off and when we got back, there were about six or seven minutes left. It was great because we had the opportunity to come back and watch the last four to five minutes together as a team. When (William) Buford hit that shot with one second left, it was a great feeling. We all flooded the hallways and were jumping up and down everywhere. It was great to have ones of those experiences.”

On the Big Ten title giving the team confidence for the postseason … “It gives us a lot of confidence because we know we can play with the top teams in the country. The Maui Invitational was a preseason tournament that gave us a lot of confidence. The difficult strength of schedule that we’ve had this year allows us to go into the Big Ten Tournament with a lot of confidence and we’re hungry to win.”

On what’s next for Michigan in the postseason … “Definitely a Big Ten Tournament Championship and a NCAA Championship. That’s been our goal since day one that that’s going to be our goal until the end of the season.”

Complete All Big Ten Teams

2011-12 ALL-BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS – COACHES
POS. FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
G: Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Trey Burke, Michigan Keith Appling, Michigan State
G/F: Robbie Hummel, Purdue Tim Frazier, Penn State Brandon Paul, Illinois
G/F: John Shurna, Northwestern William Buford, Ohio State Matt Gatens, Iowa
F: DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
F/C: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Cody Zeller, Indiana Drew Crawford, Northwestern

HONORABLE MENTION: Lewis Jackson, Purdue; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Ryan Evans, Wisconsin; Christian Watford, Indiana; Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Meyers Leonard, Illinois

ALL FRESHMAN
TREY BURKE, Michigan
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Aaron White, Iowa
CODY ZELLER, Indiana

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Draymond Green, Michigan State
AARON CRAFT, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

SUPERLATIVE WINNERS
Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sixth Man of the Year: D.J. Byrd, Purdue

2011-12 ALL-BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS – MEDIA
POS. FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
G: Tim Frazier, Penn State Trey Burke, Michigan Keith Appling, Michigan State
G/F: Robbie Hummel, Purdue Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Aaron Craft, Ohio State
G/F: John Shurna, Northwestern Matt Gatens, Iowa Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
F: DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State William Buford, Ohio State Drew Crawford, Northwestern
F/C: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Cody Zeller, Indiana Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

HONORABLE MENTION: Meyers Leonard, Illinois; Brandon Paul, Illinois; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Victor Oladipo, Indiana; Christian Watford, Indiana; Aaron White, Iowa; Zack Novak, Michigan; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Lewis Jackson, Purdue; Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State

BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES: Sam Maniscalco, Illinois; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Matt Gatens, Iowa; Stu Douglass, Michigan; Austin Thornton, Michigan State; Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota; Brandon Richardson, Nebraska; Nick Fruendt, Northwestern; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Billy Oliver, Penn State; Robbie Hummel, Purdue; Rob Wilson, Wisconsin.

  • Chris

    State has no sportsmanship award winners? haha

    • ForeverBlue

      TBD (To Be Determined when they find a worthy choice I guess.)

    • Peter

      Austin Thornton

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      First release had TBD, sorry about that. Blame the BTN :-)

  • Alex

    Seriously, Jordan Taylor and Tim Frazier on the first teams over Burke?  Doesn’t make much sense to me considering neither one was very efficient or good relative to expectations this year

  • AG

    Tim Frazier?!  SERIOUSLY!?  I mean, why, because he scored a lot on a bad team?  That’s all it takes to make the *first* team nowadays?  He wasn’t even the best “high scorer on a bad team”, Matt Gatens was.

    Here’s what my All Big Ten looks like:

    First: Trey Burke, Matt Gatens, Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Cody Zeller

    Second: Jordan Taylor, William Buford, John Shurna, Robbie Hummel, Meyers Leonard

    Third: Tim Frazier, Brandon Paul, Deshaun Thomas, Jared Berggren, Derrick Nix

  • The Yooper

    Izzo as coach of the year? What?

    • Kenny

      I know. As much as I hate Tom Crean, he should be ahead of Izzo if it is not Beilein. 

      • Erob

        I feel like BIG COY is almost always the winner of the BIG.  Since Mich came into the season ranked in the top 25, it was given to Izzo.  I personally think it should have been Crean because of IU’s pre-season expectations. 

  • Kenny

    Burke deserves on the first team. 

  • Kenny

    A couple of video of St Mark vs Titlon NEPSAC AA final, in which Stauskas is the game MVP.
    http://www.umhoops.com/2012/03/05/video-nik-stauskas-leads-st-marks-to-nepsac-aa-championship/

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      I know it was a busy day but.. posted earlier: http://www.umhoops.com/2012/03/05/video-nik-stauskas-leads-st-marks-to-nepsac-aa-championship/

  • Go Blue

    Sooo… ending the regular season on a losing skid with a bunch of 4- and 5-star recruits gets you that…. cool.  (Obligatory COY gripe.)  :/   

  • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

    Added the defensive team. Stu’s omission is pretty weak IMO.

    • Jeff

      Agree. That and Beilein not getting COY were wrong, IMO. I guess as the program continues to improve, we’ll get the benefit of the doubt with these accolades.

    • gpsimms

       yeah frazier and gasser?  thank goodness that this team (team team) doesn’t care at all about individual accolades, because they definitely do not appear to get much respect from the media/coaches.

      it’s ridiculous in my opinion that coach beilein hasn’t gottena coy award yet.  the job he has done is amazing.

      whatever–nobody’s gonna be on an all-tournament team, and no one’s going to get an award–but this team has more banners to hang.

    • Giddings

      Seems like the defensive team was based heavily on steals and other stats they could actually keep track of. Stu’s defensive presence was hard to quantify unfortunately.

  • Mattski

    Yay, Trey. Would have been an injustice to give it to Zeller alone. As for Izzo–yeah, it was supposed to be a rebuilding year. But what was projected for Michigan, fergodsake? Oh, well. Izzo will be on his fifth coronary and long since retired when Beilein collects COY honor number 20. 

  • ZRL

    The only reason Izzo’s team is seen as “overachieving” this year is because he had his worst coaching job ever last year. Likewise, the only reason Beilein isn’t the runaway coach of the year is because he did such an awesome job last year that people expected the team to be good last year. That is also why I wouldn’t give the COY to Crean because he shouldn’t be rewarded for doing a mediocre job last year.

  • Alex

    Should have given the sportsmanship to Novak.

    The howls from all over the Midwest would have been hilarious.

    Seriously, Novak is definitely the guy you love to have on your team but hate it if you are on opposite teams.

  • Mac

    Wow! No Douglass on the defensive team? HAHA Frazier and Gasser, Douglass is a much better defender than both of those guys!  That’s really a shame, he deserved some recognition.

    • Sven187

       This is the one that bothers me the most.

  • A2JD

    Were these ballots filled out last week? That would maybe explain L to the Izzo getting COY. Granted, he did a fine job but this was Coach Beilein’s award.

  • MGoTweeter

    Congrats Trey well deserved.  Also congrats to Tim, Zack and Stu for their honors.  

  • Burkesanity

    Not too bummed about Trey being second team because Hummel deserves it after all he’s been through. 
    COY is an absolute crime, on the other hand.  Izzo represents everything that is wrong with college basketball today (arrogance, bullying the refs) and on top of that he did nothing special this year. 
    Zack Novak is our power forward and he’s 6’4.  Beilein is Coach of the Year and it isn’t even close.  I’d take him over any coach in the Big Ten except maybe Bo Ryan, and that’s because I have the utmost respect for what he’s done in Madison.

  • Miles

    Coach Beilein got absolutely robbed!!! 

    I really hope we play and beat State in the B1G tourney final.

  • Jake

    Tom Crean deserved it more than anyone, it’s absolutely crazy that he didn’t get it. It’s a popularity contest, not about what the coach has actually done.

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