Dienhart: Here are my all-Big Ten award winners for 2016-2017

Dienhart: Here are my all-Big Ten award winners for 2016-2017

Another regular season is in the books and the official all-Big Ten teams have been announced. Now, here are my awards with a line on each winner.

FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN

  • Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, So. The double-double machine is the hardest working player in the nation—and the most productive.
  • Peter Jok, Iowa, Sr. A versatile wing player who can beat foes off the dribble and also with a three-pointer.
  • Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, Jr. Yes, his shooting is iffy, but the big fella impacts on many levels.
  • Nate Mason, Minnesota, Jr. The dynamic point guard averages 15.5 points and 5.1 assists as the catalyst for the resurgent Gophers.
  • Melo Trimble, Maryland, Jr. A money player who isn’t afraid of the big moment or the big shot.

SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN

Derrick Walton, Michigan, Sr.; Miles Bridges, Michigan State, Fr.; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern, Jr.; Malcolm Hill, Illinois, Sr.; Tai Webster, Nebraska, Sr.

Player of the Year: Caleb Swanigan, Purdue. “Biggie” has been a huge presence with averages of 18.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. Best of all, he led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten title.

Coach of the Year: Richard Pitino, Minnesota. From eight wins last season to 23 this season, Pitino has pulled off the biggest improvement in the nation.

Freshman of the Year: Miles Bridges, Michigan State. He arrived in East Lansing as the Big Ten’s most hyped recruit. And, he has delivered with a 16.6 scoring average to go with 8.3 rebounds per game.

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Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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