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Four Maryland men’s basketball players earn Big Ten season honors, most since 2015-16

Anthony Cowan Jr., Jalen Smith, Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell received recognition for their 2019-20 campaigns.

Maryland basketball group huddle, Michigan State, 2020 Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

No. 12 Maryland men’s basketball had four players garnered Big Ten yearly awards Monday — the most since 2015-16.

Jalen Smith was named First Team All-Big Ten by coaches and media and chosen to the Big Ten All-defensive team.

Smith, who was part of the 2018-19 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, was the team’s second leading scorer with 15.5 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the floor and conference’s second leading rebounder with 10.5 rebounds per game. He also added 2.4 blocks per game, which ranks second in the conference.

The sophomore notched 21 double-doubles this season, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth all-time in program history.

Anthony Cowan Jr. was also chosen First Team All-Big Ten by coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by media. It is the senior’s third time as an All-Big Ten selection after being awarded second team in 2019 and third team in 2018. The Bowie, Maryland, native led the Terps in scoring with 16.3 points per game and was the leading distributor with 4.7 assists per game.

It’s the first time the Terps have had two players named to the first team since 2014-15 (Dez Wells and Melo Trimble) and just the fifth time in program history.

And for the first time in their careers, Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins earned Big Ten yearly awards.

Morsell received and All-Big Ten honorable mentions by media, and Wiggins was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

Morsell averaged 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in the regular season and made one of the biggest shots of the season at Minnesota to give the Terps an 74-73 victory.

Wiggins, who started the first 16 games of the season before he was transitioned into a sixth-man role against Wisconsin Jan. 14, was a solid contributor for Maryland, averaging 10.4 points and grabbing 4.9 boards per contest.