Purdue's JaJuan Johnson named Big Ten Player of the Year; Michigan's Darius Morris a third-team selection
Darius Morris, who went from a part-time starter as a freshman to the Michigan basketball team’s leading scorer and play-maker as a sophomore, was named to the third team for both the coaches and media all-Big Ten teams, the league announced Monday.
Morris finished the regular season averaging 15.1 points and a Big Ten-best 6.77 assists per game. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman.
Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson was named the league’s Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media, part of a Purdue stranglehold on the conference’s awards.
Purdue coach Matt Painter was named Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media, and Johnson was selected as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, which is only voted on by the coaches.
“I was really excited,” Johnson said on the Big Ten Network special announcing the awards. “I’m at a loss for words really right now.”
Johnson was also a unanimous selection to the all-Big Ten first team selected by both the coaches and the media.
On the coaches team, Johnson was joined by teammate E’Twaun Moore, Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer, Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor and Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, who was named the league’s Freshman of the Year unanimously by both the coaches and media.
The media all-Big Ten first team consisted of Johnson, Moore, Taylor, Sullinger and Penn State senior guard Talor Battle.
Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe, Ohio State guard William Buford, Ohio State forward David Lighty and Battle were part of the coaches’ second team. Leuer took Battle’s place on the media second team.
Illinois guard Demetri McCamey, Michigan State forward Draymond Green, Northwestern guard Juice Thompson, Ohio State guard Jon Diebler and Morris made both the media and coaches’ third team. Due to a tie, Northwestern forward John Shurna was also named to the coaches’ third team.
Michigan freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. was among the players named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.
Hardaway Jr. and Sullinger were also unanimous picks to the Big Ten all-Freshman team. They were joined by Illinois guard Jereme Richmond, Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe and Ohio State guard Aaron Craft, who was also named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year.
Craft, Johnson, Taylor, Lighty and Michigan State forward Delvon Roe were named to the league’s all-defensive team.