Ferrell named consensus All-Big Ten 1st Team, Blackmon picked to freshman team #iubb

This was Yogi Ferrell’s season to make a statement. By at least one metric, he’s done just that.

Ferrell was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the league’s coaches and media on Monday, becoming the first Hoosier to earn first-team status since Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo in 2013.

“He continues to get better and better,” IU coach Tom Crean said on Monday’s Big Ten teleconference. “He’s his own worst critic at times and, at the same time, he’s got an edge and a level of toughness that is outstanding. We need him to play with that edge on defense as well as offense and be the stopper and be the team leader on the defensive end of the court that he is on the offensive end of the court, because when we have that, we’re good.”

Ferrell leads Indiana with 16.0 points and 5.0 assists per game. Among all Big Ten players, the junior point guard is fourth in assists, sixth in points and sixth with 34.8 minutes played per game.

“He does a lot of things,” Crean said. “He improves all the time. He improves every year and throughout the year. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody. He’s done a fantastic job.”

Teammate James Blackmon Jr. was selected to the league’s all-freshman team. Blackmon is second on Indiana’s team with 15.8 points per game.

Blackmon and Troy Williams were each named honorable mention All-Big Ten. Nick Zeisloft was picked as IU’s sportsmanship award winner.

“I would’ve really, really loved to have seen Robert (Johnson) make that as well,” Crean said. “Rob has logged so many minutes from start to finish, but it’s hard to argue with that group.”

Ferrell was joined on the coaches’ first team by Iowa’s Aaron White, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, Maryland’s Dez Wells and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, who was also honored as the league’s player of the year. The media selected Maryland guard Melo Trimble to the first team over Wells.

No other IU players were selected to the coaches’ second team, which included Trimble, Branden Dawson of Michigan State, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Penn State’s D.J. Newbill.

The coaches selected Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan as Big Ten Coach of the Year, while the media picked Maryland’s Mark Turgeon.