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2011 B5Q All-Big Ten Awards

The coaches and media selections for the Big Ten postseason awards will be unveiled during the All-Big Ten Selection Show on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. CST Monday night. Based on the voting of all five B5Q staff members, we present our own All-Big Ten honors. (Note: Voters were instructed to consider only Big Ten games when making selections.)

* = unanimous selection

First Team All-Big Ten

*Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
*E`Twaun Moore, Purdue
*JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
*Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
*Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Second Team All-Big Ten

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Talor Battle, Penn State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Darius Morris, Michigan
David Lighty, Ohio State

Third Team All-Big Ten

William Buford, Ohio State
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Michael Thompson, Northwestern
Mike Davis, Illinois
Jeff Brooks, Penn State

Honorable Mention: John Shurna, Keaton Nankivil, Mike Tisdale, Jon Diebler, Demetri McCamey, Christian Watford, Tim Hardaway, Jr.

All-Freshman Team

*Melsahn Basabe, Iowa
*Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
*Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

All-Defensive Team

Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
*Aaron Craft, Ohio State
*David Lighty, Ohio State
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
*JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Player of the Year

JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Also receiving votes: Jared Sullinger, Jordan Taylor

Co-Defensive Players of the Year

David Lighty, Ohio State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Freshman of the Year

*Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Sixth Man of the Year

*Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Coach of the Year

John Beilein, Michigan

Also receiving votes: Thad Matta, Matt Painter, Bo Ryan

This was the most difficult vote for our panel and likely one of the most difficult for the coaches and media as well. Here are some comments from those who cast their vote for the Beilein:

Beilein led a team expected to finish in the bottom three of the Big Ten standings to the fourth seed of the Big Ten Tournament. This is a Michigan squad who lost DeShawn Sims and Manny Harris headed into 2010. The Wolverines were a couple heartbreaking losses away from having a very impressive record. -- Adam Tupitza
Last year Michigan was 15-17, and in 7th place. This year, they are 19-12 and tied for 4th. Throw in the fact that Michigan has no seniors, and I'm willing to give him some credit. -- John Velhuis

Most Improved (tie)

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Darius Morris, Michigan

Also receiving votes: Jeff Brooks

Most Promising Sophomore

Darius Morris, Michigan

Also receiving votes: Christian Watford

Individual Performance of the Year (tie)

E`Twaun Moore vs. Ohio State (Feb. 20, 2011) - 38 pts, 4 rebs, 5 assts, 2 stls, 3 TOs, 68% FG
Jordan Taylor vs. Ohio State (Feb. 12, 2011) - 27 pts, 5 rebs, 7 assts, 1 blk, 1 TO, 62% FG