Five different Maryland players were honored by the Big Ten Conference Thursday evening, led by sophomore guard Melo Trimble's second team All-Big Ten selection by both the media and coaches. The Terps' star point guard averaged 14.4 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game.
Illinois' Malcolm Hill, Iowa's Peter Jok, and Michigan State's Bryn Forbes were all second team honorees by both the media and coaches. Nebraska's Shavon Shields (coaches) and Michigan State's Matt Costello (media) were also second team honorees.
Center Diamond Stone was named to the All-Freshman team, after averaging 12.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 1.7 blocks per game. Wisconsin's Ethan Happ was named the Big Ten's freshman of the year. Indiana's Thomas Bryant, Minnesota's Jordan Murphy and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan were also All-Freshman selections. Stone was also a third team All-Big Ten selection.
Senior forward Jake Layman, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon and junior forward Robert Carter were all honorable mention selections.
Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff were all unanimous selections to the Big Ten's first team by both the coaches and media. Denzel Valentine was named the Big Ten's player of the year. Purdue's A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes were also first team selections.
Indiana's Tom Crean was named the Coach of the Year by both the media and coaches after leading the Hoosiers to a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play this season.