Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 6, 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.


  • 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.


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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