Quite the accomplishment for Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, as he claimed first-team All-Big Ten selections from the coaches and media on Monday. It is the third straight season the Milan, Ill., native was honored with such distinctions, becoming the first Badger to do so in school history.
During the 2018-19 regular season, Happ scored 17.8 points, grabbed 10.4 rebounds, and dished out 4.7 assists per game. His 21 double-doubles, a school record, led the conference and are third in the nation in that category. He also recorded two triple-doubles against Coppin State and Northwestern earlier this season.
He finished the regular season fifth in the conference in scoring and third in both rebounds and assists.
Other standout players filling out the first-team honors for this season included:
- Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (media and coaches)
- Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (media and coaches)
- Minnesota forward Jordan Murphy (media)
- Penn State forward Lamar Stevens (coaches)
- Purdue guard Carsen Edwards (media and coaches)
Both Winston and Edwards received unanimous selections, with Happ perhaps being a surprise in not receiving that honor.
Winston also received Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the coaches and media. The coaches and media also named Purdue’s Matt Painter as Big Ten Coach of the Year and Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis as Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
The coaches named Penn State’s Josh Reaves as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman as Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.
For Wisconsin, guard D’Mitrik Trice claimed honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. After missing all but 10 games last season due to injury, the redshirt sophomore averaged 11.9 points per game and connected on 40.6 percent of his attempts from three-point range during the regular season.
The Big Ten also announced senior forward Khalil Iverson—who has recorded two double-doubles in consecutive games—as one of the conference’s Sportsmanship Award selections.
I’m honestly pretty stunned that no Wisconsin player made the Big Ten’s All-Defense team. Wisconsin finished the year with the top defensive rating in the conference at 92.6. Better than third-place MSU by almost five points per 100 possessions. Wasn’t all scheme.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 11, 2019